Recently, this question on recommendations for automated assessment tools for programming assignments was migrated to this site and quickly closed (rightfully so, as it was a simple shopping list question). Since this is a topic I'm currently interested it and the original poster apparently did not follow the migration, I'm considering reasking it myself in a (hopefully) more suitable way. However, my main interest is in programming assignments posed as part of courses in applied mathematics, so I'm a bit torn about whether https://matheducators.stackexchange.com/ might not be a more suitable forum for it.

So I'd like to gauge the interest in the general topic for this community first. Do you think a generic question would be useful? If so, what would make for good bits of information to ask for? (I was planning on asking for -- positive or negative -- experiences in practice, but I'm worried that this would be too opinion-based.)

  • Actually, the linked question has not yet been closed—votes to close have been cast to close, but not enough to place it on hold. That said, it is a shopping question, and should be closed.
    – aeismail
    May 9, 2014 at 17:24

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Questions about:

  • The pros and cons of using such systems
  • The features needed to use such systems properly
  • Handling the results of such systems (for instance: "What happens if a system breaks down?" "What happens if a student complains about having to use such a system?")

would be on-topic in my opinion.

Questions that would be off-topic would include:

  • Recommendations for which specific system to buy
  • Questions that ask about how to use a particular system

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