This website began in 1997 as a way of trying to use technology to facilitate the instruction of a Psychological Statistics course. A Fall, 2001 sabbatical allowed for a reasonable level of completion of the project. Revisions continue to be ongoing. Comments are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org. Below is a summary of the advantages and disadvantages I have experienced with using this material.
- The amount of blackboard space and the legibility of the material presented are no longer issues.
- If a student is absent, they can easily get the notes.
- Since the students do not have to copy the notes word for word (or digit by digit), they can spend more time paying attention concepts underlying the material presented.
- Since the instructor does not need to write on the blackboard, his/her time and attention can be used more freely to explain the concepts being presented.
- The homework assignments are readily available to the students.
- The Minitab tutorials give the students the extra assistance they need to enable practical application of what is learned.
- The spreadsheets give the examples a level of interactivity that enables them to make the material more engaging.
- Other instructors and students (from around the world) may find the material useful.
- If ceretain topics are especially relevant, they can be linked to directly.
- This site may be a seed for an on-line class.
- Creation of materials is time-consuming and requires an array of skills.
- Students need computer access.
- Students typically print the contents of the site (with color printer access preferred).
In my experience, the advantages greatly outweigh the disadvantages. I have had more success with getting students to learn the material at a deeper level (and in less time). There also seems to be a lot less stress to the students.
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