Enhancing Online Teaching of Business Statistics: A Pedagogy Before Technology Approach

Bopelo Boitshwarelo, Maneka Jayasinghe

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Abstract

Learning statistics can be challenging for many students, due to their inability to engage in statistical reasoning and application of techniques. This challenge becomes compounded in online learning contexts where students are spatially and temporally separated from the teacher. This paper describes and explains a case of theory-driven interventions designed to enhance the learning experiences of students enrolled in two similar business statistics units, one for undergraduate and the other for postgraduate programs. The paper based its claims primarily on the analysis of data from a student evaluation of teaching survey. This study affirmed the importance of a pedagogy-first approach. It argued that the interventions, which were effective in enhancing the student learning experience, were underpinned by a robust pedagogical analysis of the teaching and learning issues using both constructive alignment and transactional distance theory lenses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)240-254
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning
Volume25
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2024

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