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Sustainability

Carnegie Mellon University

Will the redesign be sustained now that the grant period is over?

The primary argument for sustainability of the course redesign is the demonstrated effectiveness in improving student learning outcomes. The increased efficiencies of the redesign have instigated further course evolution, and a two-semester course is now being consolidated into one semester. The course is evolving in part as a result of this project, and the tools and understanding built through the project are being applied directly to the new course.

As work has progressed on the StatTutor tool, additional uses of the tool have emerged. For example, it is currently being used to train new TAs in statistics. In addition, work is underway to incorporate StatTutor into other courses, such as an upper level statistics course at Carnegie Mellon and an introductory statistics course at the University of Pittsburgh. Finally, a fully online introductory statistics course is being built at Carnegie Mellon that will use StatTutor as its "core". One of the major goals of this project is to create institutional structures that will help disseminate course materials and tools and provide a sufficient income stream to allow them to be more easily sustained.

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