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Department seminar by by Diana Skrzydlo Export this event to calendar

Thursday, June 16, 2016 — 4:00 PM EDT

SAS Teaching Practices Seminar: Using Interactive Activities, a Case Study, and Oral Exams in Statistics Teaching

With the support of a LITE Seed Grant, I used several techniques in a STAT 334 to improve student motivation and learning.

I chose this course because it is a Statistics course taken by non-Statistics majors. As such, students often have a lack of motivation for the material and may not feel it is relevant to their program. Also, having taught a similar course many times, I am familiar with some of the pitfalls of misunderstanding key threshold concepts which come up repeatedly. To improve student learning outcomes, I used interactive tutorial activities, a case study competition, and individual oral exams.

In order to evaluate the success of these techniques, we collected feedback through pre-course and post-course questionnaires, personal reflection papers on the case study, and an anonymous post-course survey. These techniques significantly improved student motivation and understanding. I learned a lot from the first time the course was offered, and have already passed along the materials to the next instructor so the change can be sustained for this course.

My talk will discuss the activities that I used, feedback that we received from students, as well as some measures of student performance and improvement in this course.

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