Evaluation summary of pilot: Object Oriented Programming as 100% online delivery

Object Oriented Programming is a course placed on the Master in Software Construction but is also attended by many students on Software Development & Technology. The objective of the course is for participants to achieve the skills necessary to design and develop medium-sized applications in Java. The course has been taught by the same external lecturer, Andrea Corradini, for a long time, also in the online pilot.

Delivery form as it used to be

The course used to be blended learning (called net based in the Course Base) which means that students and teacher met five Saturdays per semester for an all-day face-to-face seminar. In between those seminars students worked individually but group supported with home assignments. A blog was used for uploading files (???). The exam which took place at the IT University was A4: Written examination with all written and printed aids and PC but without access to internet and personal folders.

The new 100 % online delivery form

As opposed to the former delivery format the 100% online pilot version of Object Oriented Programming had distributed the learning activities evenly through the semester. The first week students took part in a live video-conference lecture (Adobe Connect). The following weeks had this structure: every week students were offered prerecorded video lectures through the course platform (learnIT), Q & A in discussion forums, chat based supervision with TA, group- and individual work on home assignments (through learnIT or other tool) and feedback on these from the TA (in Adobe Connect).

Drop-out rate very low on online version

The drop-out rate on the online course was very low. 30 students signed up for the online course, 25 attended the exam. Compared to the last 5 semesters the drop-out rate on the online version was considerably lower. In the last 5 semesters in total the average percentage of students who went to the exam compared to how many started the same semester was 69%. On the online pilot the figure is 83%!

Exam on 100% online version went well

The average score on the exam was exactly the same as the average over the last 6 semesters! The exam was a C1: Written work without oral exam, taken at home but at a fixed 4 hour. Students had access to all media in principle but were not allowed to use the internet to copy answers (of course). In advance students were told that there would be random checks of fraud after the exam. The course manager made an effort to create 4 exam assignments which solutions could not easily be copied from the internet. The course manager had a following video “fraud-check” meeting via Adobe Connect with 20% of the students. The conversation was to see if they could explain how and why they had solved the assignments as they had. If you are interested in further details about how the fraud-check works please contact Learning Unit at learning@itu.dk.

Evaluation of the 100% online pilot

The 100% online pilot was evaluated at three stages with the students and afterwards with the teaching team. In general students have been happy with the delivery form of the course and the choice and execution of learning activities. It’s the learning activities that shows the biggest positive change compared to when the course was net based.
You can read what the course manager said when he was interviewed to readit after the pilot.

From pilot to implementation

During the development and pilot phases the course manager was supported by ITUs Learning Unit (part of Research & Learning Support). Today the course is fully implemented as online course.