How does pair programming on work?


Students can choose teammates from a list of other students in your section when working together (pair programming) on Teachers can track both team progress and individual student progress. 

To turn on pair programming for a section of yours:

  • visit your list of sections on your homepage (
  • click the down-facing arrow to the far right of a section you want to add pair programming in
  • choose 'edit section details'
  • on the next screen, you'll see an on/off option for pair programming

We published a blog post with more background and a brief walkthrough (via pictures and animated .gifs) on pair programming here:

Students will need to be in the same section for them to select partners for pair programming. All sections (regardless of its assigned course) by default support pair programming - either word/picture-based, or email-based.

Note that any pairing of students is not permanent by any means. Students will be un-paired upon signing out of every time, and can choose different partners upon signing in again.

For word- or picture-based sections, students will see a checkbox option upon first visiting their section's join page ( for example).tumblr_inline_oa9ixzhLWu1s7qct1_1280.gif

For email-based sections, students can find an option for selecting a partner upon clicking their name in the top-right corner where it reads "Hi [your name]", and selecting 'pair programming.'


A student that selects other partners will be labeled as the 'logged in' person within your 'view progress' page when reviewing their progress, while other partnered students will read as 'partner'. Any progress made by the logged in person (as in, green bubbles of progress indicated completed puzzles) will reflect upon the partners' sides as well. 


Disabling Pair Programming

Teachers can disable pair programming for any section of theirs, by clicking 'edit' on the far right side of your list of sections (on your teacher homepage, at, to bring up a window for changing settings for that section. 


Viewing Partner's Progress


Partnered students can also view the solution made by the logged in student. Partners will see a yellow box upon first visiting a puzzle that was completed by their logged in partner, showing an option for viewing the solution they made as a team.

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