Evaluating the Impact of a Web-Based Resource on Student Learning

30 Pages Posted: 25 Apr 2011

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Matthew Olczak

Aston University - Aston Business School

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

Suggested Citation

Olczak, Matthew, Evaluating the Impact of a Web-Based Resource on Student Learning (April 1, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1822665 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1822665

Matthew Olczak (Contact Author)

Aston University - Aston Business School ( email )

Aston Triangle
Birmingham, B47ET
United Kingdom

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