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A gender gap exists in both pay differences and leadership roles. Higher education plays a role in preparing the next generation to close this gender gap. The tools employed in higher education have been shown to impact student confidence and confidence going into their careers. As a means to identifying differences in the impact of a web-based course discussion between male and female students, a survey of 408 Agribusiness students was conducted. Compared with males, the online course discussion had more impact on female students in terms of their knowledge of current events, interest in the course topics, and confidence going into the job interviews. In addition, female students attributed the web-based discussion to improved written communication skills. Use of social technology with current content could potentially empower the female students to enhance learning and gain confidence.

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