Effectiveness of Computer-Assisted Instruction in Statistics: A Meta-Analysis

Mar. 01, 2011

Source: Review of Educational Research,  81(1), (March 2011), p. 97-128.

This study examined a range of specific features that presumably influence the effectiveness of computer-assisted statistics instruction, such as the level of learner engagement, learner control, and the nature of feedback.
In 45 experimental studies with a control condition, computer-assisted statistics instruction provided a meaningful average performance advantage.

Because of great methodological heterogeneity among the studies, the authors employed a conservative but appropriate mixed effects model to examine potential moderator effects.

The authors’ analyses revealed three statistically significant findings.
Larger effects were reported in studies in which treatment groups received more instructional time than control groups, in studies that recruited graduate students as participants, and in studies employing an embedded assessment.

Updated: Apr. 22, 2012