10th International
Conference on
Teaching Statistics
8 – 13 July 2018
Kyoto, Japan
Contributed paper list


Contributed Paper C166

 

Blending Online Coursework and Small Learning Communities to Support Professional Growth in Teaching Statistics


Authors

Kemal Akoğlu (Turkey)
Hollylynne Lee (United States)

Presenter

Kemal Akoğlu (United States)

Abstract

The Teaching Statistics Through Data Investigations professional development course is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) designed to strengthen participants’ ability to use a statistical investigation cycle to teach statistics and help students explore data using technology tools and make evidence-based claims. The case of interest for this research are 63 MOOC participants whom also participated in one of 9 professional learning teams (PLTs) during 2016-2017. PLTs met several times, either face-to-face or virtually, to discuss their course experiences and teaching practices. We will describe the phenomena of simultaneously participating in MOOC and PLT, and report results on how this blended professional development experience impacted participants’ professional growth in teaching statistics. For example, we found that participants’ confidence to teach statistics increased by this experience.