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Improved Students’ Performance in an Online Robotics Class During COVID-19: Do only Strong Students Profit?

TitleImproved Students’ Performance in an Online Robotics Class During COVID-19: Do only Strong Students Profit?
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsBirk, A., and E. Dineva
EditorMerdan, M., W. Lepuschitz, G. Koppensteiner, R. Balogh, and D. Obdrzalek
Conference NameRobotics in Education (RiE), Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
ISBN Number978-3-030-82544-7
Abstract

Observations from the online teaching of a robotics class during the CoViD-19 pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2 also known as the Corona virus are presented. The online teaching of the course lead to an unexpected increase in the grade performance of the students – despite the fact that the exams were at the same level of difficulty as in the years before. There is some evidence that the asynchronous online teaching catered for some of the general interests and learning trends in generation-Z students. This paper addresses the question whether the general study performance of a student is a possible factor in whether the student profited more or less from the online version, i.e., whether there is a correlation between the improved course grade with the Grade Performance Average (GPA) of students.