The Challenges in Developing an Online Applied Statistics Program: Lessons Learned at Penn State University

Derek S. Young, Glenn F. Johnson, Mosuk Chow, James L. Rosenberger

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Abstract

Numerous professional fields have an increasing need for individuals trained in statistics and other quantitative analysis techniques. Today there exists great potential to fulfill this need by providing opportunities through online learning. However, to provide a high-quality education for returning adult professionals seeking advanced degrees in applied statistics online, many challenges need to be overcome. Based on our experience developing Penn State University’s online program in applied statistics, we discuss the evolution of the program’s curriculum, recruitment and development of online faculty, and meeting the requirements of students as important areas that require consideration in the development of an online program. We also highlight program evaluation strategies employed to ensure innovation and improvement in online education as cornerstones to a program’s success.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-220
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Statistician
Volume69
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 3 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Mathematics(all)
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty

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