What’s the difference between Codio and Coding Rooms? Which one is better for your needs? In this article, we’ll examine both platforms to see how they compare.

But first, what is Coding Rooms? Coding Rooms is a comprehensive, all-in-one integrated real-time platform for teaching programming online and in-person. Coding Rooms enables you to connect with each student, see their work, and engage with their code instantly. Codio on the other hand is a cloud-based learning platform used by instructors to deliver courses in computing and programming. It allows teachers to design coding assignments and track student performance.

Both Codio and Coding Rooms have a suite of educational tools not found in your typical IDE; however, a number of unique features set Coding Rooms apart from Codio. Let’s unpack some of these differences:

1. Browser-based IDE that supports a live, unified view of student code

Although both Codio and Coding Rooms have built-in IDEs, Codio lacks some of the basic features needed to run a classroom solely through their platform. This is where Coding Rooms’ Live Classroom feature steps in. In a Live Classroom, students can collaborate with each other in the same workspace on group assignments, or interact live with the teacher through the platform. Instructors can also view all of their students’ code editors live at the same time in one unified dashboard—a key differentiator of Coding Rooms’ real-time platform. 

Coding Rooms offers the additional functionality of an activity monitor to track when students are last active in class or when they’ve made an error in their workspace. This allows teachers to immediately jump in and help their students exactly when they need it most. Coding Rooms’ direct and group messaging capabilities also make it easy for students to ask for help, collaborate with each other, or participate in class discussion. What’s more, Coding Rooms offers professional IDE integrations with VS Code and Jupyter Notebook, giving teachers flexibility around their classroom IDE of choice. 

Codio on the other hand has no video or audio conferencing functionality, which means instructors have to use Codio on top of other applications to facilitate courses in the instance of a hybrid or virtual teaching model. Ultimately, Coding Rooms not only offers a superior and more uniform web experience, but also supports real-time editing and live collaboration. 

2. Extensive assignment, grading, and course management capabilities

Coding Rooms and Codio both have assignment, grading, and course management capabilities that enable teachers to save time spent on grading and administrative tasks. Both offer plagiarism detection, autograding, and code playback, which allows teachers to better understand their students’ thinking process and problem-solving skills.

Noticeably, however, Coding Rooms offers easy-to-use modules for categorizing assignments into hierarchies as deep as you like. Teachers can copy assignments easily from one course to another and export gradebooks for convenient transfer or import. Teachers or students can also invite collaborators into their workspaces to work together asynchronously, offering a collaborative learning environment that is necessary for effective teaching and learning.

3. Content marketplace for teachers to share and collaborate on course curriculum

Coding Rooms has built a content marketplace for teachers to share and collaborate in real-time on course curriculum. All content shared in the marketplace can be easily integrated into the Coding Rooms platform, making teaching programming much easier. Experienced teachers can lend their expertise to the broader CS teacher community, who gain by minimizing time and effort spent reinventing the wheel. Codio also has a library of curriculum content that is integrated with their code editor; however, they exist in a closed ecosystem, without the ability for teachers to share their creations with the community. Codio teachers can only build upon or customize Codio’s course content for their own use. For those looking to source teaching materials for class, Coding Rooms offers the broadest possibility of finding it.

Conclusion

Teachers looking for more comprehensive functionality should look to Coding Rooms’ premium plan. With extensive language and graphics support, live group collaboration features, and 24/7 customer service, Coding Rooms accommodates more use cases than Codio. More than just a course facilitator, Coding Rooms offers teachers and students the ability to deeply engage with one another in real-time. Codio lacks this real-time interactivity, and in that way is a less effective platform for instructors looking for a new home to teach programming.