Live Lecture Better Than Video Lecture?

Yes, according to a study conducted by David N. Figlio, Mark Rush, and Lu Yin, “Is It Live or Is It Internet? Experimental Estimates of the Effects of Online Instruction on Student Learning” (National Bureau of Economic Research, June 2010). I’m tempted to say “of course,” but for reasons other than those intended by the authors.

Subjects and Procedure: “Students in a large introductory microeconomics course at a major research university were randomly assigned to live lectures versus watching these same lectures in an internet setting, where all other factors (e.g., instruction, supplemental materials) were the same” (abstract).

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