Expect More, Get More:
The Joys of Teaching Online
Dept. of Mathematics
Illinois State University
MAT-150 Fundamentals of Statistical
Introductory statistics course for non-math
Develop statistical reasoning to analyze data and use
elementary probability ideas to justify the validity of ...
Traditional lecture, and online format
Textbook used: Statistics: Informed Decisions
Using Data (2nd Edition) by Sullivan.
Minitab Lab sessions.
Weekly quizzes, midterm and final exams.
About 30 students (majors such as nursing,
communication, music, education etc.)
Textbook used: None
Instead used a software by Hawkes
Learning Systems, Charleston, SC.
Table of Contents:
Instructor assigns material to be
studied and sets due dates.
What instructor sees
What student sees
Students studies the material at home
at their (almost) own pace and answer
questions perfectly (Certification) by the
Sections can be certified only if they are
Virtual Office Hours
Content covered in a semester
Data Collection Data Collection
Descriptive Statistics Descriptive Statistics
One variable Probability
Two-variable relations Discrete Distributions
Probability Bin., Poisson, Geom.
Discrete Distributions Cont. Distributions
Binomial only Sampling Distr.
Normal Distribution Interval Estimation
Two Sample Comparison
Comparison of Grades
This guy didn’t take
% of students
the final. He had a Traditonal
B avg. until then Online
A B C D F
I enjoyed taking this course online because it was very convenient. I learned the same
amount that I would have in a normal class. The software was helpful due to the fact I
could work at my own pace as long as it was done by the due date. Also various practice
questions were available to assist in studying which lead to higher scores. The progress
report allowed me to keep track of my grade and ensure that all assignments were
complete. If something was confusing we were able to talk with you to answer questions
and clarify the confusion. This was my first online course and I am happy with the results.
Thank you so much for the bonus opportunities!!!
I thought the class turned out to be pretty good. You always made sure that we knew you
were available to assist us whether it was via the online classroom or in person. The
program also provided me with assistance by walking me through the answer. Im glad i had
you as a teacher and that I stuck with it.
So in all it was not as bad as I perceived a 4 hour statistics course would be.
I thought that having to certify the homework (although very frustrating sometimes) was
actually a great help. Because you could not go on in less you really truly understood the
material. Where as in traditional math classes you do the homework but it might be
completely wrong and you would never know it.
I liked that I could work at my own pace. If I was in the mood to do 5 sections, I could do
that, unlike in a classroom, where you have to work with the teacher's pace. The part I did
not like was when I became frustrated, I did not have a teacher to turn to right at that
moment. Of course, you were willing to meet with me at any time, but if I wanted to get
something done right then, I had no way to figure it out, other than the computer program.
Last but not least… an email exchange with a student
…After the final, I have a grade of 89.83%. Will that be rounded up to an A, or will it remain a B? Thank
…To me 89.83 is 90 :)...what do you think? :))
…I think that sounds wonderful! =) Thank you! Enjoy your holidays!
MAT 150 (as of Fall 2009)
Online section using Hawkes software.
Traditional section using the Hawkes
software bundled with a Hawkes book.
Online class for general public
Students from other IL colleges,
Part-time undergraduate students,
Non-math graduate students
Online course management,
Online office hours
Online lecture sessions
Collaboration with other institutions
• Richland Community College
• Spoon River College (both Macomb and Canton Campuses)
• Illinois Valley Community College
• Benedictine University
• Elgin Community College
• Carl Sandburg College
• Oakton Community College
• Shawnee Community College
• Northern Illinois State University
Department-wide online courses
College, university-wide online courses