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Education has traditionally been classroom-oriented with a gradual growth of online courses in recent times. However, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically accelerated the shift to online classes. Associated with this learning format is the question: what do people think about the educational value of an online course compared to a course taken in-person in a classroom? We address this question and present a Bayesian quantile analysis of public opinion using a nationally representative survey data from the United States. We find that previous participation in online courses and full-time employment status favor the educational value of online courses. We also find that the older demographic and females have a greater propensity for online education. In contrast, highly educated individuals have a lower willingness towards online education vis-a-vis traditional classes. Regional variations in the propensity to value online classes also exist. Besides, covariate effects show heterogeneity across quantiles which cannot be captured using probit or logit models.
Arizona State University
Binary outcomes, COVID-19, online education, Gibbs sampling, public, opinion, Pew Research Center
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Ojha, Manini and Rahman, Mohammad Arshad, "Do Online Courses Provide an Equal Educational Value Compared to In-Person Classroom Teaching? Evidence from U.S. Survey Data using Quantile Regression" (2021). All Works. 4796.
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