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Poster on the first thoughts and current situation of the Master of Statistics (http://www.uhasselt.be/Master-of-statistics), as presented at Onderwijsdag UHasselt "Teaching in a digital age" …

Poster on the first thoughts and current situation of the Master of Statistics (http://www.uhasselt.be/Master-of-statistics), as presented at Onderwijsdag UHasselt "Teaching in a digital age" (2014-03-21)

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  • 1. Facts & Figures • International Master (2 years; 120 ECTS) • Four specializations: • Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, Epidemiology and Public Health Methodology , and International Course Programme Biostatistics • Educational design: • Lectures, compulsory readings & homeworks, practice sessions, PBL, projects • Assessment: • Written and oral exams, essays, projects, presentations, MA Thesis, Internship Challenges • Living in Belgium is very expensive for participants from economically developing coutries • Limited number of participants receive a scholarship • Current educational design not optimal for working students Blended and Distance Programme: Master of Statistics Transition from a regular Face2Face Master to Blended Education. Possible solution: Offer the MA as Blended Education: Online delivery of content, online interations with teachers and peers and some F2F components in the educational design. 1. Current situation 2. Scenario of the transition 3. Considerations Educational design • Macro level: educational concept • Specific learning outcomes, consistency with UHasselt’s vision on teaching and learning • Meso level: the curriculum as a whole • Curriculummapping • Micro level: each of the individual courses and their teachers Every described step implies conducting research • Scientific educational research: e.g. learning efficiency, educational development, educational technologies,… • Desk research: e.g. study guides UHasselt, comparison of educational tools,… • Consulting teachers and staff at CenStat to gain insights in their (support) needs, to assess their openness to innovation, their implicit ideas about their course and its innovations,… • Assessment: different possible scenarios: • Students move to Hasselt once or twice a year to do their exams? • Satellite institutions (local universities?) conduct exams and send them to Hasselt? • Online examination forms? • Technology: bandwith connection in developing countries? • Interaction: • peer-to-peer: facilitate contact and group work with local Hasselt students? How to let students feel part of the group? • Teacher–student: how to facilitate this contact? • Course setup: teacher centred? student centred? content and learning materials centred? • Tryout of the blended program? Ethical issue: can’t mess with someone’s chance of success • Motivation: how to avoid high dropout rates? (Currently big challenge in open and online education) CenStat/I-Biostat Stephanie Verbeken; Prof. Dr. Marc Aerts Contact CenStat, Centre For Statistics Agoralaan Building D, 3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium stephanie.verbeken@uhasselt.be; +32 (0)11 26 8257 marc.aerts@uhasselt.be; +32 (0)11 26 8247

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