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Don't let COVID-19 ruin our competency-oriented exams: lessons learned from an ad-hoc transformation of practical programming exams from lab to online

  • Competency-oriented exams offer a wide range of advantages, especially where the use and mastery of third-party applications and tools play an important role. Therefore, we developed a competency-oriented setup for both our programming classes and exams ensuring their constructive alignment. Exams were moved to the computer lab and designed to test both conceptional skills as well as the use of state-of-the-art programming tools. At the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, when exams had to be moved from lab to online, we needed to design an online setup for our practical programming exams preserving the competency-oriented approach and its constructive alignment as well as the validity, reliability and fairness of the exams. The key was to use the same online tools that have been introduced for running lectures and practical classes offering almost the same learning experience as before the pandemic. However, to ensure the validity and fairness of the exams, some kind of online supervision needed to be implemented as technical solutions were found to be either unusable or not working properly in our case. This paper discusses the driving factors, the resulting technical and organizational setup as well as students’ feedback and lessons learned for further improvements. Therefore, COVID-19 has not been able to ruin our competency-oriented programming exams.

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Author:Manfred Meyer
Parent Title (English):EDULEARN21. 13th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, Online conference, 5 - 6 July 2021. Conference proceedings
Publisher:IATED Academy
Place of publication:Valencia, Spain
Editor:Luis Gómez Chova, A. López Martínez, I. Candel Torres, International Academy of Technology, Education and Development
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Date of Publication (online):2022/01/12
Year of first Publication:2021
Publishing Institution:Westfälische Hochschule Gelsenkirchen Bocholt Recklinghausen
Release Date:2022/02/02
Tag:Competency-Oriented Exams; Constructive Alignment; Exams with Third-Party Applications; Online Programming Exams; Online Supervision
First Page:12054
Last Page:12062
Departments / faculties:Fachbereiche / Maschinenbau Bocholt
Licence (German):License LogoEs gilt das Urheberrechtsgesetz

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