Live or Lecture Capture: Evidence from a Classroom Random Control Trial

32 Pages Posted: 1 Oct 2021

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Marianne Johnson

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh - Department of Economics

Benjamin Artz

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh - College of Business

Denise Robson

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh

Sarinda Taengnoi

Western New England University

Date Written: September 29, 2021

Abstract

This study employs a random control trial experimental design to compare student learning outcomes in situations with live lectures and situations with ‘captured’ – virtually recorded asynchronous – lectures. Students across five sections of introductory microeconomics were randomly assigned to attend a lecture in person or virtually. They were then quizzed on the material covered. Later in the semester, the same students were switched to the opposite modality and quizzed again on new material. An important feature of the experimental design was that the topics differed significantly in complexity. We find that with the more difficult topic, students watching recorded lectures performed better than those attending live lectures. For an easier topic, however, the opposite was true. Male students benefitted most from lecture capture, particularly on the more difficult topic. Women students were largely indifferent to changes in lecture modality.

Keywords: Lecture capture, student performance, introductory microeconomics, collegiate economics, online

JEL Classification: A22

Suggested Citation

Johnson, Marianne and Artz, Benjamin and Robson, Denise and Taengnoi, Sarinda, Live or Lecture Capture: Evidence from a Classroom Random Control Trial (September 29, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3933067 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3933067

Marianne Johnson (Contact Author)

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh - Department of Economics ( email )

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Benjamin Artz

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh - College of Business ( email )

United States

Denise Robson

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh ( email )

800 Algoma Blvd
Oshkosh, WI WI 54901
United States

Sarinda Taengnoi

Western New England University ( email )

Springfield, MA 01119
United States

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