An online course for learning basic statistics concepts in higher education: An evaluation study

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Abstract

An online course was designed for students in higher education to learn basic statistics concepts, supplementary with four face-to-face tutorials. This study evaluated the designed course, with a focus on students' perceptions of course implementation and course materials, through questionnaire surveys and focus group interviews. The surveys found that students especially recognized the help of the video clips for learning sampling distribution and central limit theorem, and the simulations for understanding confidence interval and sampling distribution. The focus group interviews found that students generally recognized the overall support from the three main types of course materials - video clips, simulations and quizzes - on learning basic statistics concepts. Nearly half of the students indicated their preference to first watch the online video clips and then do the online quizzes and further return to the video clips when they encountered difficulties. This study revealed students' need of face-to-face tutorials along different time points in the blended learning process. Copyright © 2018 Asia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education. All Rights Reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICCE 2018: 26th International Conference on Computers in Education, main conference proceedings
EditorsJie Chi YANG, Maiga CHANG, Lung-Hsiang WONG, Ma. Mercedes T. RODRIGO
Place of PublicationTaiwan
PublisherAsia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education
Pages743-748
ISBN (Print)9789869401289
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2018

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Kong, S. C. (2018). An online course for learning basic statistics concepts in higher education: An evaluation study. In J. C. Yang, M. Chang, L.-H. Wong, & M. M. T. Rodrigo (Eds.), ICCE 2018: 26th International Conference on Computers in Education, main conference proceedings (pp. 743-748). Taiwan: Asia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education.

Keywords

  • Basic statistics concepts
  • Blended learning
  • Evaluation
  • Higher education
  • Online course