NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

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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We appreciate the financial support of the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education (via the National Center for the Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research.) We are grateful to the introductory microeconomics professor and the large university that permitted us to randomly assign students to live and online versions of the same class. All errors are our own, and our results and conclusions do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, or the undisclosed university in question. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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