Is it live or is it internet? experimental estimates of the effects of online instruction on student learning

David Figlio*, Mark Rush, Lu Yin

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Abstract

This article 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. 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)763-784
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Labor Economics
Volume31
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2013

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial relations
  • Economics and Econometrics

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