On the Differences in Time That Students Take to Write Solutions to Programming Problems

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In this work, we study productivity differences in an introductory programming course. Focusing on a set of students who completed all programming
assignments in the course, we quantify differences in productivity, measured through the time spent on completing the assignments. We focus both on the overall time needed to complete all
programming assignments in the course, as well as on time
spent on individual programming assignments. In addition, the
effect of previous programming experience and difficulty of
the programming assignment is considered. Our results show
significant productivity differences between students. In addition, while programming experience influences productivity, a
proportion of students who have never programmed before are
faster in completing the programming assignments than students
with considerable amounts of previous programming experience.
Our results suggest that the classic credit-based or lecture hour
based workload estimates of a course fit poorly to the whole
course population in programming, suggesting that programming
courses and training should be adjusted based on the participant.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2020 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2020 - Proceedings
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-7281-8961-1
ISBN (Print)978-1-7281-8962-8
Publication statusPublished - 21 Oct 2020
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventFrontiers in Education Conference - Uppsala, Sweden
Duration: 21 Oct 202024 Oct 2020

Publication series

NameIEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE)
ISSN (Print)1539-4565
ISSN (Electronic)2377-634X


ConferenceFrontiers in Education Conference
Abbreviated titleFIE
Internet address


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