The Effect of Computer-Assisted Learning on Students&Apos; Long-Term Development

70 Pages Posted: 7 Dec 2020 Last revised: 2 Jul 2021

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Nicola Bianchi

Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Yi Lu

School of Business, University of Hong Kong

Hong Song

Fudan University

Date Written: December 2020

Abstract

In this paper, we examine the effect of computer-assisted learning on students’ long-term development. We explore the implementation of the “largest ed-tech intervention in the world to date,” which 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. We observe these effects up to ten years after program implementation. These findings indicate that education technology can have long-lasting positive effects on a variety of outcomes and can be effective in reducing the rural–urban education gap.

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Suggested Citation

Bianchi, Nicola and Lu, Yi and Song, Hong, The Effect of Computer-Assisted Learning on Students&Apos; Long-Term Development (December 2020). NBER Working Paper No. w28180, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3743913

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