Students' perceptions of paper-based vs. computer-based testing in an introductory programming course

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This paper examines the preferences of students regarding computer-based versus paper-based assessment, in an introductory computer programming course. Two groups of students were surveyed about their preference between paper-based and computer-based tests and respective rationale. All students had already been assessed: one group using two paper-based tests and the other group using two computer-based tests. Both groups expressed an overwhelming preference for computer-based tests independently of their previous programming experience. We conclude that, from the students' point of view, computer-based tests should be the used over paper-based ones for introductory programming courses. This adds to existing literature about computer-based testing of programming skills.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCSEDU 2018 - Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Computer Supported Education
EditorsRob Reilly, Bruce M. McLaren, Susan Zvacek, James Uhomoibhi
PublisherSciTePress
Pages303-308
Number of pages6
Volume2
ISBN (Electronic)9789897582912
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
Event10th International Conference on Computer Supported Education, CSEDU 2018 - Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
Duration: 15 Mar 201817 Mar 2018

Conference

Conference10th International Conference on Computer Supported Education, CSEDU 2018
CountryPortugal
CityFunchal, Madeira
Period15/03/1817/03/18

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Keywords

  • Assessment
  • CS1
  • Exams
  • Lab exam
  • Programming
  • Tests

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Barros, J. P. (2018). Students' perceptions of paper-based vs. computer-based testing in an introductory programming course. In R. Reilly, B. M. McLaren, S. Zvacek, & J. Uhomoibhi (Eds.), CSEDU 2018 - Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Computer Supported Education (Vol. 2, pp. 303-308). SciTePress.
Barros, João Paulo. / Students' perceptions of paper-based vs. computer-based testing in an introductory programming course. CSEDU 2018 - Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Computer Supported Education. editor / Rob Reilly ; Bruce M. McLaren ; Susan Zvacek ; James Uhomoibhi. Vol. 2 SciTePress, 2018. pp. 303-308
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Barros, JP 2018, Students' perceptions of paper-based vs. computer-based testing in an introductory programming course. in R Reilly, BM McLaren, S Zvacek & J Uhomoibhi (eds), CSEDU 2018 - Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Computer Supported Education. vol. 2, SciTePress, pp. 303-308, 10th International Conference on Computer Supported Education, CSEDU 2018, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal, 15/03/18.

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CSEDU 2018 - Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Computer Supported Education. ed. / Rob Reilly; Bruce M. McLaren; Susan Zvacek; James Uhomoibhi. Vol. 2 SciTePress, 2018. p. 303-308.

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