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Celebration of Scholarship and Creative Activity 2021

Student Performance in Asynchronous and Synchronous Introductory Economics Classes

James Pechacek

Senior, Economics


Covid19 caused many college campuses to go to online learning during the 2020 spring semester. Instructors at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh were given a choice on how to continue their classes online. Instructors either went to an asynchronous class, where students would do class work and watch prerecorded videos on their own time, or synchronous class where classes would meet live online at prescheduled times. In my research I looked at the effects of synchronous and asynchronous online classes on student learning. I found that female students did better on the post-test in synchronous classes. Female students also showed more gains on the post-test compared to the pre-test in synchronous classes then in asynchronous classes.

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  1. Taylor Tompkins

    Hi James! I am an education major and found your presentation super interesting. As a freshman entering college in the middle of Covid a lot of your research and findings made perfect sense to me! I just wanted to say well done, and that I really enjoyed this presentation.

    • Brady Darrow

      This was an excellent project. It was very interesting listening to and reading this presentation.


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