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Rice study: Simple changes to homework improved student learning
March 18, 2014
A new educational study offers evidence that simple and inexpensive changes to existing courses can help students learn more effectively. The study by Rice University and Duke University found that making a few changes to homework assignments significantly boosted student learning in an undergraduate engineering course at Rice.
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