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Does Downloading PowerPoint Slides Before the Lecture Lead to Better Student Achievement?

Jennjou Chen and Tsui-Fang Lin
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Tsui-Fang Lin: National Taipei University

International Review of Economic Education, 2008, vol. 7, issue 2, 9-18

Abstract: With the availability of new information technology, PowerPoint presentations have been used extensively in classrooms for higher education, in addition to traditional chalk-and-talk presentations. However, their effectiveness is much less clear. The main purpose of this paper is to examine whether or not downloading PowerPoint slides before a class has any impact on students' learning outcomes for that class, using a panel data set. The estimation results show a nontrivial lecture slides effect. After controlling for students' unobserved individual heterogeneity and exam difficulty, downloading lecture slides before a class improves students' examination performance by 3.48 per cent. This finding suggests that instructors could help students improve their academic performance by supplying PowerPoint slides.

Date: 2008
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