Evaluating the Impact of a Web-Based Resource on Student Learning
30 Pages Posted: 25 Apr 2011
Date Written: April 1, 2011
This paper reports on an experiment of using a publisher provided web-based resource to make available a series of optional practice quizzes and other supplementary material to all students taking a first year introductory microeconomics module. The empirical analysis evaluates the impact these supplementary resources had on student learning. First, we investigate which students decided to make use of the resources. Then, we analyze the impact this decision has on their subsequent performance in the examination at the end of the module. The results show that, even after taking into account the possibility of self-selection bias, using the web-based resource had a significant positive effect on student learning.
Keywords: Web-Based Resources, Computer Assisted Assessment, Self-Selection Bias
JEL Classification: A20, A22
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