Erkki Kaila

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



Research Interests: Visualization, Computational Learning Theory, Programming Language Theory, Comparative Programming Language Analysis


Mr. Erkki Kaila is currently finishing his PhD in the Department of Information Technology, University of Turku about utilizing educational technology effectively. His research interests include program visualization, learning environments, automatic assessment, programming educations and course design utilizing new technologies.

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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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