University of London pilots interactive challenge for coding undergrads

The bespoke platform is compatible with any browser and allows students studying the course to test their theoretical knowledge of programming

The University of London is piloting a new online learning tool for coding students.

The foundation-level course is piloting a custom-made application designed by Coursera Labs which simulates programming challenges.

Sleuth is an interactive detective puzzle which tests students coding knowledge and lateral thinking developed in their three-week course, Introduction to Computer Programming.


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The course in computer science is delivered using online tools and is designed for distance learning students anywhere in the world.

We look forward to using this new capability to integrate more applied learning experiences into our online content.
– Mathew Yee-King, University of London

Mathew Yee-King, programme director of computer science at University of London, said: “We were able to integrate Sleuth seamlessly into the learning experience, and we look forward to using this new capability to integrate more applied learning experiences into our online content.”

Coursera worked with University of London last year to launch a BSc in computer science.

The platform allows learners to work on projects and assignments via a web browser without any environment setup or software downloads.

Coursera Labs enable lecturers to create hands-on projects using nearly all third-party software applications. Coursera say employers are increasingly looking for recruits with technical knowledge and hands-on skills with industry-standard programmes.

Find out more about Coursera Labs at www.coursera.org/courses

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