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Teaching with Technology to Engage Students and Enhance Learning

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  • Daniel Lass

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    (Department of Resource Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst)

  • Bernard Morzuch

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    (Department of Resource Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst)

  • Richard Rogers

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    (Office of the Provost, University of Massachusetts Amherst)

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    Abstract

    Teaching technology effects on student learning in a large lecture introductory statistics course were tested. Findings show in-class personal response systems and on-line homework/quizzes significantly improve student exam scores. We infer proven small class techniques, participating in class and doing homework via technologies, can restore sound pedagogy in larger classes. The experiment was conducted using just one class, but factors usually unaccounted for in assessment research were controlled, especially the instructor and other materials. The technologies investigated here can provide learning benefits to students even in larger courses often criticized for their inability to provide students quality learning experiences.

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    Paper provided by University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Resource Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2007-1.

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    Length: 27 pages
    Date of creation: Jan 2007
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    Handle: RePEc:dre:wpaper:2007-1

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    Keywords: Teaching; technology; statistics; active learning.;

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