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Mobilizing Developmental Education: The Causal Effect of Mobile App Courseware on the College Outcomes of Developmental Education Students

Developmental education, in which college students deemed unprepared for college-level coursework enroll in non-credit bearing courses, is widespread in American higher education. The current study evaluates the effect of mobile app courseware on the college outcomes of developmental education students, using a research design which randomly assigned course sections to receive access to the apps or not. The results show that access to the apps significantly improved student performance in developmental education outcomes, marginally improved medium-term college persistence and performance, but did not effect credential attainment in the study timeframe. Despite a number of barriers to implementation, the results suggest the intervention has the potential to improve the short-term outcomes of developmental education students in addition to being low-cost and scalable.

Keywords
Developmental education; community colleges; randomized controlled trials
Education level
Document Object Identifier (DOI)
10.26300/fkts-4y24

EdWorkingPaper suggested citation:

Giani, Matt S., and Allison Martin. (). Mobilizing Developmental Education: The Causal Effect of Mobile App Courseware on the College Outcomes of Developmental Education Students. (EdWorkingPaper: -370). Retrieved from Annenberg Institute at Brown University: https://doi.org/10.26300/fkts-4y24

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