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Title: The Benefit of Providing Face-to-Face Lectures in Online Learning Microeconomics Courses: Evidence from a Regression Discontinuity Design Experiment
Authors: 陳鎮洲
Chen, Jennjou;Lin, Tsui-Fang
Contributors: 經濟學系
Keywords: online learning;face-to-face lecture;attendance;regression discontinuity
Date: 2016-11
Issue Date: 2018-01-08 17:15:22 (UTC+8)
Abstract: This paper explores the effect of attending face-to-face lectures on examination performance in online Intermediate Microeconomics courses using a regression discontinuity experimental approach. The instructor implemented a policy requiring students who scored below the class mean on the first exam to attend four face-to-face lectures before the second exam. The estimation results show that, on the average, attending face-to-face lectures does not improve online learning students' examination performance. However, for the group of students who did not or chose not to access online course materials, attending face-to-face lectures did produce a significant and positive effect on their grades. As revealed from this study, offering face-to-face lecture options to online learning students requires more resources but does not significantly improve students' examination performance. In order to enhance students learning particular for low performing students, a cost effective policy option might not be requiring students to attend face-to- face lectures but discovering ways to encourage or require students accessing pre-recorded lectures.
Relation: Economics Bulletin, 36(4), 2094-2116
Data Type: article
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