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Expect More, Get More: The Joys of Teaching Online Olcay Akman Dept. of Mathematics Illinois State University Course MAT-150 Fundamentals of Statistical Reasoning Introductory statistics course for non-math majors. Course Description: Develop statistical reasoning to analyze data and use elementary probability ideas to justify the validity of ... Traditional lecture, and online format Traditional Lectures 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.) Online Version Textbook used: None Instead used a software by Hawkes Learning Systems, Charleston, SC. Online Version Table of Contents: Self-paced Learning Instructor assigns material to be studied and sets due dates. What instructor sees What student sees Self-paced Learning Students studies the material at home at their (almost) own pace and answer questions perfectly (Certification) by the due date. Self-paced Learning Sections can be certified only if they are “mastered”. Virtual Office Hours Online lectures Online lectures Proctored Tests Proctored Tests Content covered in a semester Traditional Online 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 Hypothesis Testing Mean, proportion Two Sample Comparison Means, Proportions Regression One-Way ANOVA Comparison of Grades 0.7 0.6 0.5 This guy didn’t take % of students 0.4 the final. He had a Traditonal B avg. until then Online 0.3 0.2 0.1 0 A B C D F Grade Student Comments 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. Student Comments 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 you! …To me 89.83 is 90 :)...what do you think? :)) …I think that sounds wonderful! =) Thank you! Enjoy your holidays! New Development MAT 150 (as of Fall 2009) Online section using Hawkes software. Traditional section using the Hawkes software bundled with a Hawkes book. Extended University Online class for general public Students from other IL colleges, Non-traditional students, Part-time undergraduate students, Non-math graduate students Extended University State-wide accessibility Online course management, Online office hours Online lecture sessions Collaboration with other institutions Extended University State-wide accessibility • 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 Extended University Future Department-wide online courses College, university-wide online courses State-wide presence.
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