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Teaching with Technology to Engage Students and Enhance Learning

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  • Daniel Lass

    () (Department of Resource Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst)

  • Bernard Morzuch

    () (Department of Resource Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst)

  • Richard Rogers

    () (Office of the Provost, University of Massachusetts Amherst)

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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  • Daniel Lass & Bernard Morzuch & Richard Rogers, 2007. "Teaching with Technology to Engage Students and Enhance Learning," Working Papers 2007-1, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Resource Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:dre:wpaper:2007-1
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    1. Michael Batu & Esmond Lun & Nancy Bower & Asha Sadanand, 2017. "Testing the Effectiveness of Online Assignments in Theory of Finance," Working Papers 1707, University of Guelph, Department of Economics and Finance.

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    Keywords

    Teaching; technology; statistics; active learning.;

    JEL classification:

    • A22 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - Undergraduate
    • C9 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments
    • C21 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models
    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education

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