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ICSE 2021
Mon 17 May - Sat 5 June 2021

Student evaluations of teaching (SET) are commonly used in universities for assessing teaching quality. However, previous literature shows that in software engineering students tend to rate certain topics higher than others: In particular students tend to value programming and software construction over software design, software engineering models and methods, or soft skills. We hypothesize that these biases also play a role in SET responses collected from students. The objective of this study is to investigate how the topic of a software engineering course affects the SET metrics. We accomplish this by performing multilevel regression analysis on SET data collected in a software engineering programme. We analyzed a total of 1295 student evaluations from 46 university courses in a Finnish university. The results of the analysis verifies that the student course evaluations exhibit similar biases as distinguished by previous software engineering education research. The type of the course can predict a higher SET rating. In our dataset, software construction and programming courses received higher SET ratings compared to courses on software engineering processes, models, and methods.

Conference Day
Fri 28 May

Displayed time zone: Amsterdam, Berlin, Bern, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna change

10:00 - 11:00
4.1. Institutional Strategies to SE Education IIJSEET - Joint Track on Software Engineering Education and Training at JSEET Room +12h
Chair(s): Ana María MorenoUniversidad Politécnica de Madrid
10:00
20m
Research paper
Is Secure Coding Education in the Industry Needed? An Investigation Through a Large Scale SurveyJSEET
JSEET - Joint Track on Software Engineering Education and Training
Tiago Espinha GasibaSiemens AG, Ulrike LechnerUniversität der Bundeswehr München, Maria Pinto-AlbuquerqueIscte, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Portugal, Daniel MendezBlekinge Institute of Technology
Pre-print Media Attached
10:20
20m
Experience report
To get good student ratings you should only teach programming courses? Investigation and implications of student evaluations of teaching in a software engineering contextJSEET
JSEET - Joint Track on Software Engineering Education and Training
Antti KnutasLUT University, Timo HynninenSouth-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (XAMK), Maija HujalaLUT University
Pre-print Media Attached
10:40
20m
Research paper
Morning or Evening? An Examination of Circadian Rhythms of CS1 StudentsJSEET
JSEET - Joint Track on Software Engineering Education and Training
Albina ZavgorodniaiaAalto University, Raj ShresthaUtah State University, Juho LeinonenUniversity of Helsinki, Arto HellasAalto University, John EdwardsUtah State University
Pre-print Media Attached
22:00 - 23:00
4.1. Institutional Strategies to SE Education IIJSEET - Joint Track on Software Engineering Education and Training at JSEET Room
22:00
20m
Research paper
Is Secure Coding Education in the Industry Needed? An Investigation Through a Large Scale SurveyJSEET
JSEET - Joint Track on Software Engineering Education and Training
Tiago Espinha GasibaSiemens AG, Ulrike LechnerUniversität der Bundeswehr München, Maria Pinto-AlbuquerqueIscte, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Portugal, Daniel MendezBlekinge Institute of Technology
Pre-print Media Attached
22:20
20m
Experience report
To get good student ratings you should only teach programming courses? Investigation and implications of student evaluations of teaching in a software engineering contextJSEET
JSEET - Joint Track on Software Engineering Education and Training
Antti KnutasLUT University, Timo HynninenSouth-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (XAMK), Maija HujalaLUT University
Pre-print Media Attached
22:40
20m
Research paper
Morning or Evening? An Examination of Circadian Rhythms of CS1 StudentsJSEET
JSEET - Joint Track on Software Engineering Education and Training
Albina ZavgorodniaiaAalto University, Raj ShresthaUtah State University, Juho LeinonenUniversity of Helsinki, Arto HellasAalto University, John EdwardsUtah State University
Pre-print Media Attached