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Targeting Teaching: Does the Medium Matter? Online versus Paper Coursework

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  • Rey Hernández-Julián

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    (Metropolitan State College of Denver, Department of Economics, Campus Box 77, P.O. Box 173362, Denver, CO 80217-3362, USA)

  • Christina Peters

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    (Metropolitan State College of Denver, Department of Economics, Campus Box 77, P.O. Box 173362, Denver, CO 80217-3362, USA; corresponding author)

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    Abstract

    If individuals process information differently when it is accessed electronically rather than on paper, then the transition from paper to electronic text may affect learning and retention. Using a randomized experiment, we compare learning outcomes of economics students who use electronic teaching tools with students who access the same material on paper. We find that students who submit homework online complete more assignments but have lower classroom attendance rates. However, there is no effect on exam scores. This suggests that while an electronic medium may enable instructional material to be accessed more easily, it does not significantly impact learning.

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    Article provided by Southern Economic Association in its journal Southern Economic Journal.

    Volume (Year): 78 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 4 (April)
    Pages: 1333-1345

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    Handle: RePEc:sej:ancoec:v:78:4:y:2012:p:1333-1345

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