Classroom Experiments on the Internet

Classroom experiments can be easily set up to run through standard internet browsers, which avoids the need to install special software on the students' ("client") personal computers. The instructions, decisions, and market signals are communicated via interactive web pages, with data stored in a database on the web server for later use in classroom discussions. The advantages of web-based interactions (over in-class experiments or programs that run on a local area network) are 1) scalability to accommodate potentially large numbers of students, 2) flexible hours to save class time for discussion, and flexible locations to allow students to connect from any personal computer with a standard web browser. This paper surveys a number of different sites that provide classroom applications of economics experiments. Some technical issues, of interest to those who want to develop their own web applications, are also addressed.

 

This version: January 2001

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