Please join a research study to help us test new approaches to learning programming!

Hi! We are a team of researchers in Professor Ericson’s Lab at UMSI!

The Project

You are invited to participate in a research study about how Parsons problems (a type of coding puzzle) may help CS entry-level learning. You must be at least 18 to participate.
Your participation will help more students become successful in computing courses in a low-cost, scalable, and easily adopted way.

What Will Occur

This study takes 50 minutes to one hour to finish. The study materials include:

Each section must be completed in order. After finishing one part, you can click the link provided under "What to do next" to the next part.

Confidentiality of Information

All the data we collect will be de-identified. We will not collect any identifiable data such as demographic information.

Who to Contact

If you have any questions about the study, please contact Xinying Hou at with “[Parsons Problem Study]” included in the email subject.

We greatly appreciate your help!


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