A study of post-Covid class engagement – does last minute revision make sense?

Bee Yen Toh*, Neil Buchanan

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Abstract

In this study, we analyse 'last-minute' study habits and their correlation with examination success in a large first-year undergraduate computer science class of over 400 students, using data from CANVAS virtual learning environment (VLE), Microsoft (MS) Stream, and MS Teams. The findings indicate that less than half of the students attended synchronous online lectures regularly, with approximately 50% viewing the revision lecture only a day before the examination. This group scored 6% below the class average, suggesting the ineffectiveness of 'last-minute' revision. In contrast, students who attended the synchronous revision lecture were twice as likely to achieve first-class honours and 1.5 times more likely to secure an upper second-class honours grade. Moreover, those with consistent VLE page views across the course emerged as top performers, indicating that sustained engagement, rather than 'last-minute' effort, yields better examination results.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICERI2023 Proceedings. 16th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
PublisherIATED
Pages6490-6498
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9788409559428
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2023
Event16th Annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation 2023 - Spain, Seville, Spain
Duration: 13 Nov 202315 Nov 2023
https://library.iated.org/publications/ICERI2023

Publication series

NameICERI Proceedings
ISSN (Electronic)2340-1095

Conference

Conference16th Annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation 2023
Abbreviated titleICERI 2023
Country/TerritorySpain
CitySeville
Period13/11/202315/11/2023
Internet address

Keywords

  • academic performance
  • online education
  • virtual learning environment
  • student attendance
  • online engagement
  • online higher education

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