Distance Learning in Higher Education: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment

37 Pages Posted: 16 Apr 2019

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María Paula Cacault

University of Lausanne - School of Economics and Business Administration (HEC-Lausanne)

Christian Hildebrand

University of St. Gallen

Jeremy Laurent-Lucchetti

University of Geneva - Department of Economics

Michele Pellizzari

University of Geneva - GSEM; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Date Written: April 2019

Abstract

Using a randomized experiment in a public Swiss university, we study the impact of online live streaming of lectures on student achievement and attendance. We find that (i) students use the live streaming technology only punctually, apparently when random events make attending in class too costly; (ii) attending lectures via live streaming lowers achievement for low-ability students and increases achievement for high-ability ones and (iii) offering live streaming reduces in-class attendance only mildly. These findings have important implications for the design of education policies.

Keywords: distance learning, EduTech, live streaming

JEL Classification: I20, I21, I23, I26

Suggested Citation

Cacault, María Paula and Hildebrand, Christian and Laurent-Lucchetti, Jeremy and Pellizzari, Michele, Distance Learning in Higher Education: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment (April 2019). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP13666, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3372865

María Paula Cacault (Contact Author)

University of Lausanne - School of Economics and Business Administration (HEC-Lausanne) ( email )

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Christian Hildebrand

University of St. Gallen ( email )

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Switzerland

Jeremy Laurent-Lucchetti

University of Geneva - Department of Economics ( email )

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Michele Pellizzari

University of Geneva - GSEM ( email )

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