Digital Education For All: Better Students Through Open Doors?

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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.
Titel på värdpublikationProceedings of the 26th Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education
Antal sidor7
UtgivningsortNew York, United States
Utgivningsdatum26 juni 2021
ISBN (elektroniskt)978-1-4503-8214-4
StatusPublicerad - 26 juni 2021
MoE-publikationstypA4 Artikel i en konferenspublikation
EvenemangAnnual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education - Paderborn, Tyskland
Varaktighet: 28 juni 20211 juli 2021
Konferensnummer: 26


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