The Effects of Information Technology and Distance on Economic Education

22 Pages Posted: 1 Feb 2008

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Scott Savage

University of Colorado at Boulder - Department of Economics

Date Written: January 22, 2008

Abstract

This paper evaluates the effect on student performance of using a new IT enhancement in the teaching of economics. The enhancement permits students to participate in the recording of lectures that can be downloaded later from the Internet. Two sections of the same Intermediate Microeconomics class were compared. Students exposed to the IT enhancement performed about four percentage points better, but this effect decreases for students residing further away from campus. Because they're more likely to substitute video for live lectures, the relatively lower performance for "further away students" is attributed to the benefits from direct student-teacher interactions that occur in live classes. The implication is that Internet-delivered video is a useful complement to live classroom participation but may be less effective as a substitute.

Keywords: economic education, information technology, Internet

JEL Classification: A22

Suggested Citation

Savage, Scott, The Effects of Information Technology and Distance on Economic Education (January 22, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1088862 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1088862

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