Comparative Student Experiences on Electronic Examining in a Programming Course - Case C

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Courses in C programming at two Finnish universities were assessed with electronic exams. In the study setting, two types of electronic exams were used: lecture hall exams and exam studio exams. Student experiences were collected with surveys and interviews, and system data was used for exam statistics. The results were compared between exam types and between universities. The results show that electronic exams are perceived by the students as more realistic and natural in programming exams than traditional pen and paper exams. Thus, electronic exams support the development of working life skills above pen and paper exams. Students in the lecture hall exam described challenges not relevant in the exam studio exam, and on the other hand, students in the exam studio exam described benefits not available in the lecture hall exam. Based on the study, electronic exams are strongly recommended for programming courses using exams for summative assessment. In addition, programming environments are recommended for added authenticity in reflection to working-life skills, and exam studios are recommended because of the added values they provide compared to lecture hall exams.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKoli Calling '19: Proceedings of the 19th Koli Calling International Conference on Computing Education Research
Publication statusPublished - 20 Nov 2019
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventKoli Calling - International Conference on Computing Education Research - Koli, Lieksa, Finland
Duration: 21 Nov 201924 Nov 2019
Conference number: 19th


ConferenceKoli Calling - International Conference on Computing Education Research
Abbreviated titleKoli Calling
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    Research areas

  • electronic examining, programming course, programming in C

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