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Teachers and students had to adapt to the virtual world quickly and efficiently. There was no exception for Chris Piech and Mehran Sahami, members of the Faculty of Computer Science at Stanford University. Chris and Mehran came to realize the need to reorganize the methodology of one of the most popular courses at the university, Code in place.

Code in place offers a high-quality, no-cost learning experience for those who want to learn introductory coding. In addition, the course teaches the basics of computer programming through the Phyton programming language.

Students without experience can participate in this course. The course has been given twice, the first time in 2020 at the start of the pandemic, and the second time this year.

But what makes this course so special from an AI perspective is who grades it. One volunteer teacher for every 10 students has been recruited and trained to make the course intensive for the number of teachers and full of teaching and learning. Corn for homework involving programming, an artificial intelligence tool was built to provide real-time “constructive†feedback. For over a thousand students, who have received over 15,000 tips, the reception has been overwhelmingly positive with no noticeable difference from human feedback. The work was covered by the New York Times.

The course was attended by 2,000 teachers and 20,000 students from all over the world. Plans for an upcoming offering are expected to be released soon. Demand and interest have only grown from the start.

Although this is the first vitally given faculty course at the start of the pandemic, it reflected an ideal class; students interested in learning without the prompting of grades. And experienced teachers or students who wanted to share their knowledge with the world.

Check Code in Place showcase with the projects of the previous offers.

The “Humans of Code in Place†podcast was launched in connection with the course, in which the stories and experiences of some students and educators can be enjoyed.



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