I am good at using conferences as excuses to go to fun locations. Case in point: the 7th annual Economics Teaching Conference, hosted by the Gulf Coast Economics Association and Cengage Learning, is being held today and tomorrow in New Orleans, so obviously I needed to give a talk at this shindig. And needed to do so while wearing Mardi Gras beads, as was decided by some random guy outside the hotel at 8:30am:
At a book signing later, John Taylor said that he liked my talk, so I gave him some beads. That’s the appropriate response, right?
Anyway, my talk was on research surrounding the comparison between traditional classroom instruction and online education, and the results are somewhat mixed but quite interesting. I told the conference audience that I would send the slides around, so I figured that I would put them here as well:
You can also access the original PowerPoint slides here. The papers referenced in the talk can be found at the following links:
- 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 Working Paper 16089.
- Byron W. Brown and Carl E. Liedholm, “Can Web Courses Replace the Classroom in Principles of Microeconomics?” American Economic Review, May 2002 (Papers and Proceedings), 92(2), pp. 444-448.
- U.S. Department of Education, Office of Planning, Evaluation, an Policy Development, Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning: A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies, Washington, D.C., 2009.
In case you want even more reading material, I am told that the organizers of the conference have started a blog.