Remote Pair Programming

Adeliyi, Adeola; Hughes, Janet; Kear, Karen; Law, Bobby; Murphy, Brendan; Rosewell, Jon; Walshe, Ann and Wermelinger, Michel (2021). Remote Pair Programming. In: SIGCSE'21 - Proceedings of the 52nd ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, 13-20 Mar 2021, Virtual, ACM.




Pair programming is routinely used in industry and taught in face-to-face programming classes. Research indicates that it improves self-confidence and students’ programming, communication and team working skills. We investigate the technology, barriers, and soft-skill benefits for distance-learning students who pair program with a remote partner online. In one study, students watched two tutors pair programming and then performed a pair programming task remotely with a student partner. Students felt significantly more positive with the latter compared to the former. As universities strive to provide a good student experience during a pandemic, these findings highlight the value of active remote pair programming using standard online communication tools.

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