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


Kemal Akoğlu (Turkey)
Hollylynne Lee (United States)


Kemal Akoğlu (United States)


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.