Is Online Teaching Dead After COVID-19? Student Preferences for Programming Courses

Stefanie Manger, Maximilian Solch, Matthias Linhuber, Christoph Weinhuber, Philipp Zagar, Stephan Krusche

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic precipitated an unprecedented paradigm shift in higher education, compelling swift adaptation to online teaching methods. Consequently, the merits of remote education, including increased flexibility and geographic independence, were emphasized. At the same time, however, the problems associated with distance education became apparent, such as the lack of networking, collaborative learning, and social interactions. This situation led to detrimental effects on student motivation and learning outcomes in team-oriented software engineering courses.To address the dichotomy of learning preferences, one potential solution proposed is the simultaneous offering of online and onsite instruction. However, such a proposition presents substantial logistical challenges, necessitating additional resources, labor, and organizational overhead. This research paper presents a case study conducted during an introductory programming course, which serves as a precursor to a comprehensive, practical software engineering course. Upon easing of COVID-19 related restrictions, the instructors offered both online and onsite versions of this course and obtained student feedback through interviews to draw a comparative analysis.The study outcomes provide crucial insights into students' preferences with respect to learning modalities in higher education, particularly within the software engineering discipline. The results indicate a predominant preference for the onsite version of the introductory course. Reasons attributed to this preference include enhanced social interactions, greater enjoyment, and increased motivation, thus highlighting the irreplaceable value of face-to-face education.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2023 IEEE 35th International Conference on Software Engineering Education and Training, CSEE and T 2023
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages89-98
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9798350322026
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023
Event35th IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering Education and Training, CSEE and T 2023 - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 7 Aug 20239 Aug 2023

Publication series

NameSoftware Engineering Education Conference, Proceedings
Volume2023-August
ISSN (Print)1093-0175

Conference

Conference35th IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering Education and Training, CSEE and T 2023
Country/TerritoryJapan
CityTokyo
Period7/08/239/08/23

Keywords

  • capstone course
  • higher education
  • online learning
  • onsite learning
  • software engineering

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