Measuring students' contributions in software development projects using Git metrics


Many courses in the software engineering area are centered around team-based project development. Evaluating these projects is a challenge due to the difficulty of measuring individual student contributions versus team contributions. The adoption of distributed version control systems like Git enables the measurement of students' and teams' contributions to the project. In this work, we analyze the contributions within five software development projects from undergraduate courses that used project-based learning. For this, we generate visualizations of aggregated Git metrics using inequality indexes and inter-decile ratios, which offer insights into the practices and processes followed by students and teams throughout the project development. This approach allowed us to identify both inequality among students' contributions and development processes with a non-steady pace, rendering a useful feedback tool for instructors and students during the development of the project. Further studies can be conducted to assess the complexity and value of students' contributions by analyzing their source code commits and other software artifacts.

Tipo de publicación: Conference Paper

Publicado en: 2020 XLVI Latin American Computing Conference (CLEI)

  • Sivana Hamer
  • Christian Quesada-López
  • Alexandra Martinez
  • Marcelo Jenkins

Investigadores del CITIC asociados a la publicación
Bach. Sivana Alexa Hamer Campos
Dr. Christian Quesada-López
Dra. Alexandra Martínez Porras
Dr. Marcelo Jenkins Coronas

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Measuring students\textquotesingle contributions in software development projects using Git metrics