Computer Supported Collaborative Learning of Statistics

Joe Walsh, Ian Heazlewood, Mike Climstein, Phillip Chapman, Stephen Burke

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    Abstract

    In teaching statistics (2008-2011) at the Australian Catholic University, it was observed that students failed to grasp certain elementary concepts reducing comprehension of advanced concepts as the course progressed. It was evident that a paradigm change was necessary to seek optimisation of the learning environment. Use of online learning is rapidly growing in statistics education. Yet research indicates there is a lack of empirical results, discussion and research on fundamental aspects of teaching and learning of statistics online. Computer supported collaborative learning (CSCL) was implemented, in the form of e discussion blog, to assist in teaching fundamental concepts of statistics. The results indicated that the use of CSCL was more likely with previous knowledge of the specific topic (p<0.05) as opposed to general course subject knowledge. This was a paradoxical finding with those that potentially stood to benefit most from learning more about the specific topic least likely to participate (p<0.05). It was found that, for those posting in the blog, there was improved performance in related questions (p<0.001) as well as the subject as a whole (p<0.05). It was not necessary to post in the blog, with those only reading and not posting in the blog also benefiting from its use by an amount that was not statistically distinguishable. However, the total amount of messages read and posted did correlate with performance in both related areas (p<0.001) and the rest of the subject (p<0.05). CSCL was effective as a learning tool, however those requiring most assistance utilized it least.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 8th International Conference on Education
    EditorsChrysovaladis Prachalias
    Place of PublicationSamos, Greece
    PublisherResearch and Training Institute of the East Aegean (INEAG), Greece, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens
    Pages698-702
    Number of pages5
    Volume1
    ISBN (Print)978-618-5009-05-2
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    Event8th International Conference on Education - Samos, Greece
    Duration: 6 Jul 20127 Jul 2012

    Conference

    Conference8th International Conference on Education
    Period6/07/127/07/12

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