Digital Education For All: Better Students Through Open Doors?

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Pirttinen , N , Leinonen , J & Lemström , K 2021 , Digital Education For All: Better Students Through Open Doors? in Proceedings of the 26th Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education . ACM , New York, United States , pp. 450-456 , Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education , Paderborn , Germany , 28/06/2021 . https://doi.org/10.1145/3430665.3456327

Title: Digital Education For All: Better Students Through Open Doors?
Author: Pirttinen, Nea; Leinonen, Juho; Lemström, Kjell
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Computer Science
University of Helsinki, Department of Computer Science
University of Helsinki, Department of Computer Science
Publisher: ACM
Date: 2021-06-26
Language: eng
Number of pages: 7
Belongs to series: Proceedings of the 26th Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education
ISBN: 978-1-4503-8214-4
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/333454
Abstract: The Digital Education For All project (DEFA) is a joint collaboration of five universities to open first-year computer science courses online and for free to audiences outside of universities. Additionally, students who complete enough courses through the project can apply for a study right at any of the participating universities. Completing university courses as a method of applying for a study right measures students' motivation over a long period of time, and gives the students a clear idea of the content they will encounter during their studies, whereas a traditional entrance exam measures competence only at a single point in time. While high school grades, another typical intake mechanism besides entrance exams, measure generic study skills, course-based intake mechanisms may help with student retention, as students express and gain interest in the field while completing the required courses. This study is a preliminary examination of the student intake of the DEFA project in the University of Helsinki, one of the participating universities, and a comparison of how the students accepted through the project perform in studies compared to students accepted through other intake mechanisms. Students wishing to apply for a study right through this intake are expected to complete one regular study year's worth of first-year computer science and mathematics courses in approximately one calendar year.
Subject: 516 Educational sciences
113 Computer and information sciences
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