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)
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
• Written and oral exams, essays, projects, presentations, MA Thesis, Internship
• 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.
Offer the MA as
Online delivery of content, online
interations with teachers and peers
and some F2F components in the
1. Current situation
2. Scenario of the transition
• Macro level: educational concept
• Specific learning outcomes, consistency with UHasselt’s vision on teaching and learning
• Meso level: the curriculum as a whole
• 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
• 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?
• 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
Stephanie Verbeken; Prof. Dr. Marc Aerts
CenStat, Centre For Statistics
Agoralaan Building D, 3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium
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