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Engaging research students in online statistics courses. (English)
MacGillivray, Helen (ed.) et al., Topics from Australian conferences on teaching statistics. OZCOTS 2008‒2012. New York, NY: Springer (ISBN 978-1-4939-0602-4/hbk; 978-1-4939-0603-1/ebook). Springer Proceedings in Mathematics \& Statistics 81, 331-344 (2014).
Summary: This paper outlines the experiences of the Statistical Consulting Unit at the Australian National University (ANU) in providing an online short course in introductory statistics. This course is now in its fourth iteration, and a second online course in experimental design and analysis was added in 2012, with a third one under development. These courses use the CAST e-books, developed by Dr. Doug Stirling, for the main statistical content, and the Moodle delivery platform. They are non-compulsory and not for credit, but free to ANU research students and staff.{ }This paper considers various indicators to measure the success of an online course. A number of lessons have been learnt about engaging students in an online environment, assessing the time required to complete the course, offering incentives and receiving feedback.
Classification: K45 K75 K85 U55
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