The Effect of Computer-Assisted Learning on Students’ Long-Term Development
70 Pages Posted: 11 Jan 2019 Last revised: 29 Sep 2019
Date Written: September 25, 2019
This paper examines the effect of computer-assisted education on students’ long-term development. It explores the implementation of the “largest ed-tech intervention in the world to date” that connected China’s best teachers to more than 100 million rural students through satellite internet. We find evidence that exposure to the program improved students’ academic achievement, labor performance, and computer usage, while decreasing mental health. We observe these effects up to ten years after program implementation. These findings indicate that education technology might have long-lasting positive effects on a variety of outcomes. Moreover, technology can be effective in reducing the rural-urban education gap.
Keywords: computer-assisted education, teachers' quality, education technology, China, education policy
JEL Classification: I24, O38, O15, I26, I28
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