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Using Technology to Improve Educational Outcomes

Date and Time: November 14, 2015 8:30–10:00 AM
Location: Miami, FL
Venue: Hyatt Regency | Flamingo

There is a growing body of evidence that small pieces of information can substantially change students’ educational outcomes. Technology offers one of the easiest and cheapest ways to transmit relevant information to students, and yet researchers and practitioners are only beginning to understand which tools are most effective and how best to use the tools. This panel examined a variety of settings and methods in which technology is used to provide information to students and the efficacy of such efforts.

The session included the following presentations:

  • Texting Students to Help Achieve Their Goals
  • Customized Nudging to Improve FAFSA Completion and Income Verification
  • The Impact of Targeted Facebook Advertisements on Student Behavior
  • Every Little Bit Counts: The Impact of High-Speed Internet on the Transition to College


Jonathan Smith
Policy Research Scientist
The College Board
Kevin Stange
Assistant Professor of Public Policy
University of Michigan
Senior Research Associate
Community College Research Center
Susan Dynarski
Professor of Education and Public Policy
University of Michigan
Philip Oreopoulos
Professor of Economics
University of Toronto
Lindsay C. Page
Assistant Professor
University of Pittsburgh
Michael Luca
Assistant Professor of Business Administration
Harvard University