Lessons Learned: Revising an Online Introductory Course

Are you considering adapting an existing face-to-face statistics course to an online format? We did! It is a complicated and time-consuming, but ultimately rewarding, process. We developed and modified a fully online statistics course for students who are not health sciences majors. The strategies and lessons learned should be useful to anyone teaching a basic statistics course.

The non-calculus–based introductory statistics course, STAT 218, is well-subscribed at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). It can fulfill the quantitative reasoning general education requirement and is required for several majors. In an average semester, about 550 students enroll in the course, spread over a dozen sections taught by both faculty members and graduate student instructors. The course is often fully enrolled before freshmen and sophomores have the opportunity to register.

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