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ERIC Number: ED510405
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 0
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Is It Live or Is It Internet? Experimental Estimates of the Effects of Online Instruction on Student Learning. NBER Working Paper No. 16089
Figlio, David N.; Rush, Mark; Yin, Lu
National Bureau of Economic Research
This paper presents the first experimental evidence on the effects of live versus internet media of instruction. Students in a large introductory microeconomics course at a major research university were randomly assigned to live lectures versus watching these same lectures in an internet setting, where all other factors (e.g., instruction, supplemental materials) were the same. Counter to the conclusions drawn by a recent U.S. Department of Education meta-analysis of non-experimental analyses of internet instruction in higher education, we find modest evidence that live-only instruction dominates internet instruction. These results are particularly strong for Hispanic students, male students, and lower-achieving students. We also provide suggestions for future experimentation in other settings.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: National Bureau of Economic Research