Rolf Linden

Work place: Department of Information Technology, University of Turku, Turku, Finland



Research Interests: Computational Mathematics, Data Structures and Algorithms, Analysis of Algorithms, Mathematics


Mr. Rolf Lindén (M.Sc. in mathematics and in computer science), is working on his PhD about automated student profiling and counseling. He has 13 publications in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, and in 2013 he participated in setting up an education-related start-up firm. His research interests include data analysis, mathematics and machine learning. Lindén has been working on ViLLE project since the spring of 2012.

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The Impact of Lecture Attendance on Exams for Novice Programming Students

By Ashok Kumar Veerasamy Daryl D Souza Rolf Linden Erkki Kaila Mikko-Jussi Laakso Tapio Salakoski

DOI:, Pub. Date: 8 May 2016

In this paper, the correlation between lecture attendance and assessment tasks on final exam performance of introductory programming students has been analyzed to identify if lecture attendance, and completion of in-class and take home formative assessment tasks affects student performance in the final examination. In this study, only lecture attendance, homework exercises and class demonstration scores, and final exam marks have been considered. This study used Spearman’s Rank correlation coefficient and multiple regression techniques via SPSS software to analyze the student data of the academic years 2012, 2013 and 2014 of an introductory programming course to test the hypotheses. It is found that, there is a significant correlation between homework exercises and final exam scores. However, formal lecture attendance and final exam performance were negatively correlated. Moreover, multiple regression results of assessment tasks such as homework exercises, class activities and lecture attendance on final exam scores, did not provide any significant value to support the statement “Marks achieved in homework, class demonstrations, and lecture attendance, have a significant positive impact on final examination results”.

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