Perception of Undergraduate Students on Online Learning of Statistics Courses
64th ISI World Statistics Congress - Ottawa, Canada
Format: CPS Paper
Keywords: e-learning, online learning, perception, traditional physical learning
Session: CPS 16 - Teaching statistics II
Monday 17 July 4 p.m. - 5:25 p.m. (Canada/Eastern)
This study analyzes undergraduate students' perception of online learning of statistics courses. Online learning is an essential method of teaching and imparting knowledge to students in this era of modern technologies and it has come to stay. Online learning turns out to be student-centered, where they take part fully in the learning process, and teachers only supervise and guide them. However, their perception on this learning approach is very key to the effectiveness of the whole process. The targeted populations were the students taking statistics courses which include both the major and non-major students at a Nigerian University. The study includes the administration of a questionnaire that was made available online to the targeted population. Data gathered from the survey were analyzed and results indicated that the students’ perceptions were relatively positive towards the online approach and actually have some advantages on the students. The importance of E-learning as a tool for teaching statistics students to both majors and non-majors was more evident in this research. A comparison between students who major in statistics and the non-majors indicated no significant difference (P=0.220). However, effective implementation of online learning into the statistics curriculum especially in developing countries requires a well-structured strategy and more active approaches to improve students’ perception and interest positively.