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Is it Live or is it Internet? Experimental Estimates of the Effects of Online Instruction on Student Learning

David N. Figlio, Mark Rush, Lu Yin

NBER Working Paper No. 16089
Issued in June 2010
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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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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w16089

Published: "Is it Live or is it Internet? Experimental Es timates of the Effects of Online Instruction on Student Learning" (with Mark Rush and Lu Yin) Journal of Labor Economics , 2012.

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