The Impacts and Mechanisms of Distance Learning Interventions in Rural China.
Last registered on March 02, 2020

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
The Impacts and Mechanisms of Distance Learning Interventions in Rural China.
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0005506
Initial registration date
February 27, 2020
Last updated
March 02, 2020 4:05 PM EST
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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
Shaanxi Normal University
PI Affiliation
Tsinghua University
PI Affiliation
Shaanxi Normal University
PI Affiliation
Shaanxi Normal University
Additional Trial Information
Status
On going
Start date
2019-12-01
End date
2023-06-30
Secondary IDs
Abstract
The project plans to adopt three different treatments aimed at improving student learning in the rural areas in China. The first treatment will provide students "live" instruction online from a highly qualified teacher, the second treatment will provide students with pre-recorded, and the third treatment will provide teachers and students with teaching resources, teaching plans, short videos and other related teaching materials of urban excellent teachers.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Liu, Han et al. 2020. "The Impacts and Mechanisms of Distance Learning Interventions in Rural China.." AEA RCT Registry. March 02. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.5506-1.0.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2020-03-15
Intervention End Date
2020-12-30
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
student's test score and non-cognitive measures.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
The project plans to adopt three different treatments aimed at improving student learning in the rural areas in China. The first treatment will provide students "live" instruction online from a highly qualified teacher, the second treatment will provide students with pre-recorded, and the third treatment will provide teachers and students with teaching resources, teaching plans, short videos and other related teaching materials of urban excellent teachers.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
randomization done in office by a computer
Randomization Unit
school
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
200 schools
Sample size: planned number of observations
around 15000 pupils
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
50 schools control, 50 schools treatment group 1 (with online teacher), 50 schools treatment group 2 (with recorded teacher), 50 schools treatment group 3 (with teaching materials)
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Tsinghua SEM Institutional Review Board
IRB Approval Date
2019-11-13
IRB Approval Number
N/A