Study Habits and Academic Performance (SHAPe) Norwegian title: Studievaner og Akademiske Resultat (StAR)

Last registered on August 19, 2021

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
Study Habits and Academic Performance (SHAPe) Norwegian title: Studievaner og Akademiske Resultat (StAR)
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0008091
Initial registration date
August 18, 2021

Initial registration date is when the trial was registered.

It corresponds to when the registration was submitted to the Registry to be reviewed for publication.

First published
August 19, 2021, 11:02 AM EDT

First published corresponds to when the trial was first made public on the Registry after being reviewed.

Locations

Region

Primary Investigator

Affiliation
Kristiania University College

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
Kristiania University College
PI Affiliation
Kristiania University College

Additional Trial Information

Status
In development
Start date
2021-08-19
End date
2022-03-01
Secondary IDs
NSD - Norwegian centre for research data: 194271
Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
Abstract
Our project tests the effect of digital follow-up on student’s study habits and academic performance.
External Link(s)

Registration Citation

Citation
Aas, Øyvind, Lester Allan Lasrado and Helene Lie Røhr. 2021. "Study Habits and Academic Performance (SHAPe) Norwegian title: Studievaner og Akademiske Resultat (StAR)." AEA RCT Registry. August 19. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.8091
Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2021-10-18
Intervention End Date
2021-12-13

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
1. Number of problem sets handed in
2. Final grade in class
The main outcome of interest is the "difference" in outcome 1 and 2 across the treated and control group for different levels of the realized psychometric scale.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
1. Drop-out rates after fall semester first year.
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
We randomly draw students to receive a digital follow-up via SMS/Canvas with help to setup a plan to hand-in exercises after the formal requirements have been satisfied.
Experimental Design Details
All participation is voluntary and we obtain informed consent, as described in an information pamphlet we give the student on the first day of school. This pamphlet uses the form from NSD - Norwegian centre for research data. All students can participate in the survey and math test without participating in the research project.
1. The students will complete a survey at the start of the semester. This survey contains questions about study habits. This survey is developed using psychometric instruments from Svartdal (2017) and Choi and Moran (2009).
2. The students will complete a pre-test in mathematics during the intro week. The math test measures previous knowledge and understanding basic concepts in mathematics and the syllabus in Mathematics for Economists (MAT1100). The math test is developed based on Gallo and Johnson (2008), Ballard and Johnson (2004) and Johnson and Kuennen (2006).
3. We construct a partitioning of the student participants into 10 percentiles of the realized psychometric scale.
4. Within each percentile, we randomly draw 50% of the students for the treatment and keep the rest as a control group.
5. The treatment is a a digital follow-up via SMS/Canvas with video help to setup a plan to hand-in exercises after the formal requirements have been satisfied.
6. After the semester we collect data from Canvas on the number of exercises handed in.
7. After the semester we collect data on their grades in MAT1100 from the exam office at Kristiania University College.
Randomization Method
randomization done in office by a computer
Randomization Unit
Randomization of individuals within 10 percentiles of the realized psychometric scale.
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
10 percentiles of the realized psycometric scale
Sample size: planned number of observations
Voluntary participation of all students registered for the course during the fall semester 2021, ca. 180 students
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
50% of participants, ca. 90 treated students
50% of participants, ca. 90 control students
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
Treated group: 3 exercise handed in, +-2 standard deviation Controll group: 2 exercises handed in Equal enrollment between the two groups Sample size necessary treatment group 63 participants, control group 63 participants, in total 126 participants
IRB

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Post-Trial

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Intervention

Is the intervention completed?
No
Data Collection Complete
Data Publication

Data Publication

Is public data available?
No

Program Files

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