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# Engaging with statistics the VLE way

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Engaging students with Statistics - the VLE way. A CDE seminar conducted by Dr James Abdey from the Dept of Statistics, LSE.

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### Engaging with statistics the VLE way

1. 1. CDE Seminar: Engaging students CDE Seminar: with Statistics — the VLE way May 12th, 2011 Dr James AbdeyEngaging students with Statistics VLE resources Introduction Suite of resources — the VLE way Audio-visual tutorials Mini lectures Self-test quizzes Moderated Q&A forum Filmed whiteboard tutorials Student feedback Dr James Abdey† J.S.Abdey@lse.ac.uk † Department of Statistics London School of Economics and Political Science
2. 2. CDE Seminar: Introduction Engaging students with Statistics — the VLE wayStatistics is a core ﬁrst-year course for many UoL May 12th, 2011International Programmes Dr James Abdey VLE resources IntroductionOver 5,000 students per year sit ‘Statistics 1’, making Suite of resources Audio-visual tutorialsit one of the largest service-level courses Mini lectures Self-test quizzes Moderated Q&A forum Filmed whiteboard tutorialsAs such, the ‘client base’ is extremely heterogeneous Student feedbackin terms of discipline major statistical/mathematical literacy study arrangements (local institution v. independent study)In 2008, it was decided that virtual learningresources be developed to support students
3. 3. CDE Seminar: Introduction Engaging students with Statistics — the VLE way May 12th, 2011 Dr James AbdeyTo date, Statistics courses of the International VLE resourcesProgrammes have pioneered numerous forms of Introduction Suite of resourcesvirtual learning resources Audio-visual tutorials Mini lectures Self-test quizzes Moderated Q&A forum Filmed whiteboard tutorialsStudent feedback on these has been extremely Student feedbackpositive as evidenced by usage and studentcommentsToday, the range of virtual learning resources whichhave been developed will be demonstrated
4. 4. CDE Seminar: Suite of resources Engaging students with Statistics — the VLE way May 12th, 2011 Dr James AbdeyAlthough continuously evolving, at present the VLE resourcesfollowing resources are live on the VLE: Introduction Suite of resources Audio-visual tutorials Mini lectures audio-visual tutorials Self-test quizzes Moderated Q&A forum Filmed whiteboard tutorials Student feedback mini lectures self-test quizzes moderated Q&A forum ﬁlmed whiteboard tutorials — new!
5. 5. CDE Seminar: Audio-visual tutorials Engaging students with Statistics — the VLE way May 12th, 2011 Dr James AbdeyAudio-visual tutorials were the ﬁrst developed VLE resources Introductionresources Suite of resources Audio-visual tutorials Mini lectures Self-test quizzesThese made use of the ‘Echo’ recording software Moderated Q&A forum Filmed whiteboard tutorials Student feedbackEducators can record these on a tablet PC, hencecan be completed off-campusIn the event of a mistake, delete and start again!
6. 6. CDE Seminar: Audio-visual tutorials Engaging students with Statistics — the VLE way May 12th, 2011 Dr James AbdeyOn the VLE, videos are available to download in MP4 VLE resourcesformat Introduction Suite of resources Audio-visual tutorials Mini lecturesHence these can be played on mobile devices such Self-test quizzes Moderated Q&A forumas iPhones and iPads Filmed whiteboard tutorials Student feedbackAlternatively, they can be streamed onlineThe tutorials are typically 5–20 minutes in durationcovering a speciﬁc syllabus subsection orworked-through example
7. 7. CDE Seminar: Audio-visual tutorials Engaging students with Statistics — the VLE way May 12th, 2011 Dr James AbdeyFrom a pedagogical perspective, these tutorials show VLE resourceshow to work through a problem from start to ﬁnish Introduction Suite of resources Audio-visual tutorials Mini lecturesKnowing how to ‘tackle’ a problem is an area Self-test quizzes Moderated Q&A forumwhere students often struggle in quantitative Filmed whiteboard tutorials Student feedbackcoursesAn inanimate subject guide fails to communicate thisSeeing a solution evolve on the screen simulateswhat students have to do in examinations
8. 8. CDE Seminar: Audio-visual tutorials Engaging students with Statistics — the VLE way May 12th, 2011 Dr James AbdeyThe worked-through examples typically have thequestion displayed with a link to the recording at the VLE resources Introductionend Suite of resources Audio-visual tutorials Mini lectures Self-test quizzesThe idea is that students attempt to work through the Moderated Q&A forum Filmed whiteboard tutorialsquestion themselves beforehand Student feedbackThen they compare their solution against the ‘expert’performanceThis provides a level of feedback previously absentbefore the VLE
9. 9. CDE Seminar: Mini lectures Engaging students with Statistics — the VLE way May 12th, 2011 Dr James AbdeyTo provide a more ‘authentic’ university experience VLE resources(for students studying independently in particular), Introduction Suite of resourcesrecordings of mini lectures were produced Audio-visual tutorials Mini lectures Self-test quizzes Moderated Q&A forum Filmed whiteboard tutorialsThese involve prepared slides which appear on Student feedbackscreen with an audio commentarySimilar to internal lecture recordings which allowstudents to review speciﬁc areas of difﬁculty and to‘listen again’ when revising ahead of exams
10. 10. CDE Seminar: Self-test quizzes Engaging students with Statistics — the VLE way May 12th, 2011Self-test quizzes are another tool Dr James AbdeyThese invite students to ‘test your understanding’ VLE resources Introductionafter studying a particular chapter Suite of resources Audio-visual tutorials Mini lectures Self-test quizzesCreated using Wimba Create (CourseGenie) Moderated Q&A forum Filmed whiteboard tutorials Student feedbackVarious question formats can be used, althoughmultiple choice seems to be the most time-efﬁcientand useful formAs subject guides are revised, links/references tothese can be integrated into the text (applicable to allthe VLE resources)
11. 11. CDE Seminar: Moderated Q&A forum Engaging students with Statistics — the VLE way May 12th, 2011For internal students ofﬁce hours provide the Dr James Abdeyopportunity for students to ask academics VLE resourcesclariﬁcation questions etc. Introduction Suite of resources Audio-visual tutorials Mini lecturesThe moderated Q&A forum offers a similar service Self-test quizzes Moderated Q&A forumto our distance learners Filmed whiteboard tutorials Student feedbackStudents can post questions (relating to the subjectguide, textbook exercises etc.) which I then answerOld posts can be archived for the beneﬁt of futurestudent cohorts
12. 12. CDE Seminar: Moderated Q&A forum Engaging students with Statistics — the VLE way May 12th, 2011 Dr James AbdeyIn addition, I pose unseen (exam-style) questions VLE resources Introductionwhich students are then encouraged to solve Suite of resources Audio-visual tutorialscollaboratively Mini lectures Self-test quizzes Moderated Q&A forum Filmed whiteboard tutorialsI then monitor student attempts, suggesting hints Student feedbackwhere appropriateOnce students have attempted these, a fully-workedthrough solution is provided
13. 13. CDE Seminar: Filmed whiteboard tutorials Engaging students with Statistics — the VLE way May 12th, 2011‘Introduction to economics’ is another Dr James Abdeyservice-level course (in fact the largest of those VLE resourcesadministered by LSE) Introduction Suite of resources Audio-visual tutorials Mini lecturesIt is a demanding course and, like Statistics, students Self-test quizzes Moderated Q&A forumhave often struggled with the material Filmed whiteboard tutorials Student feedbackAs such, we are currently developing ﬁlmedwhiteboard tutorialsThese involve a ‘double act’ of the subject guideauthor (Amos) and myself, hence ‘Jamos’, theacademic Jedward!
14. 14. CDE Seminar: Filmed whiteboard tutorials Engaging students with Statistics — the VLE way May 12th, 2011These tutorials are produced using eBeam Dr James Abdeytechnology VLE resources Introduction Suite of resourcesThis allows students to choose between watching the Audio-visual tutorials Mini lectureswhiteboard only (with audio commentary), or seeing Self-test quizzes Moderated Q&A forumthe presenters as well Filmed whiteboard tutorials Student feedbackAfter calibration issues are sorted, the whiteboardcapture facility is highly effectiveAs with all the video recordings, although aconsiderable amount of time goes into producing theresources, once produced their ‘shelf-life’ is long
15. 15. CDE Seminar: Student feedback Engaging students with Statistics — the VLE way May 12th, 2011 Dr James AbdeyAudio-visual tutorials: VLE resources Introduction Suite of resources Audio-visual tutorials “James Abdey is without a shade of doubt Mini lectures Self-test quizzes the most engaged teacher I have Moderated Q&A forum Filmed whiteboard tutorials encountered in a long time. All of the Student feedback external students taking statistics whom I have exchanged impressions with seem to agree his method and dedication make a total difference in the learning experience.”
16. 16. CDE Seminar: Student feedback Engaging students with Statistics — the VLE way May 12th, 2011 Dr James AbdeyAudio-visual tutorials: VLE resources Introduction Suite of resources “I am another one who has loved your video Audio-visual tutorials Mini lectures tutorials. There are so many topics I would Self-test quizzes Moderated Q&A forum not have been able to grasp without them, Filmed whiteboard tutorials Student feedback and it made me feel more as though I was part of a university structure, and less a student studying alone. In addition it gave us a lot of help in understanding what you are looking for in the exam. Thank you!”
17. 17. CDE Seminar: Student feedback Engaging students with Statistics — the VLE way May 12th, 2011 Dr James Abdey VLE resourcesAudio-visual tutorials: Introduction Suite of resources Audio-visual tutorials Mini lectures “I also support James Abdey for an award. I Self-test quizzes Moderated Q&A forum did both Statistics 1 and Statistics 2 last Filmed whiteboard tutorials Student feedback year and really owe my distinction to the wonderful slides that were posted on the VLE by James. In fact it made me enjoy Statistics.”