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The impact of JiTT Technique on Academic Performance

March 23, 2013

HomeworkDr. Ehsan Latif and Dr. Stan Miles have used the Just in Time Teaching (JiTT) as  a teaching method to help students’ course performance. JiTT is a teaching method which combines active learning, prior knowledge, prompt feedback, and use of education technology to improve performance and enhance learning. It can be done using the Moodle Web-based course management system, where the instructor provides the students with a warm-up assignment covering material that will be presented in their next lecture. The intent is that if students had an incentive to read course material in advance and test their knowledge of it, they would get a better idea of the material as well as what portions of it were difficult for them, and with that knowledge they would be better able to grasp the next lecture’s material and listen for material that would help them with problem areas.


Dr. Latif and Dr Miles explored the effectiveness of the method using data from the students taking economics courses. After controlling for unobserved individual-specific heterogeneity, random effects and fixed effects methods the results suggest that the number of completed JiTT assignments has a significant positive impact on grades. Subgroup analyses suggest that use of JiTT assignments positively impacts grades for males, females, domestic students, and international students. Subgroup analyses further suggest that the impacts of JiTT assignments are more pronounced for international students and for females.

Their research has been accepted for presentation at prestigious The Third Annual AEA Conference on Teaching and Research in Economic Education  to be held in Chicago, 2013. The title is “The Impact of Just in Time Teaching ( JiTT) Technique on Academic Performance”

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