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Program in Course Redesign

Penn State University

Course Title: Elementary Statistics
Contact: John Harwood

Penn State University redesigned its Elementary Statistics course to make it more learner-centered and interactive, provide more one-on-one assistance for students and enable greater hands-on experience. The course redesign involved reducing lectures from three to one per week, changing traditional recitation sections to computer-mediated workshops, adding technology-based independent learning materials and computerized testing to give students more practice time and feedback, and shifting instructional roles from information presentation to learning facilitation. The redesign plan anticipated a 30% cost-per-student reduction from about $176 to $123. Because this course enrolls 2,200 students per year at the University Park campus alone, this translates to annual savings of at least $116,600. The results of the completed redesign can be found by following the links listed below under Final Report.

Initial Planning (as of 7/1/99)

Interim Progress Report (as of 12/31/00)

Final Report (as of 12/31/01)

 

 

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