Tuesday, June 5 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Assessment Strategies for Asychronous Online Graduate Statistics Courses

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Many universities have statistics courses taught in a distance education format. These courses can be taught synchronously (in real-time) or asynchronously (not occurring at the same time). We teach both our masters-level and doctoral-level graduate statistics courses in an asynchronous format. Teaching an online course brings about its own unique challenges and limitations. The focus of our presentation will be on the challenges of developing and implementing assessments in online statistics courses, specifically ones that are asynchronous. We will offer suggestions regarding best practices in assessment for this type of course delivery model as well as share assessment examples that we have utilized in our online statistics courses.

The statistics education reform movement (American Statistical Association, 2005) advocates utilizing assessment methods that are more active participation focused rather than traditional assessment methods like exams. Research has shown that assessment methods such as projects and group work are more authentic and could increase students' statistical literacy (Baglin et al., 2013; MacGillivray, 2010). These types of assessments can be challenging to incorporate within an online classroom, especially one that is asynchronous. We will offer suggestions for types of assessments as well as feedback that we have found effective in our online courses.

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Jennifer Morrow

Associate Professor, University of Tennessee
Dr. Jennifer Ann Morrow is an Associate Professor of Evaluation, Statistics, and Measurement. She has over 20 years of experience conducting higher education assessment and developing assessments and surveys. She maintains an active presence on Twitter: https://twitter.com/evalua... Read More →

Louis Rocconi

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Louis is an Assistant Professor in the Evaluation, Statistics, and Measurement program at the University of Tennessee. His research interests focus on methodological issues in educational research, the impact of disciplinary cultures on student development, and students' use of quantitative... Read More →

Tuesday June 5, 2018 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Ballroom A&B

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