Faculty presentation, October 9 – “See you / see me: An interactive real-time online course”

Join us Wednesday, October 9 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm in Perkins 217 for a presentation by Mine Çetinkaya-Rundel, Assistant Professor of the Practice, Department of Statistical Sciences.

Çetinkaya-Rundel teaches using active methods, to encourage team-based and problem-focused learning. When she decided to teach an online version of her campus course in summer 2013, it was important to her to keep those active, engaging teaching methods front-and-center. In this presentation, she will describe how she adapted student-centric active learning pedagogies from the brick-and-mortar version of Statistics 101: Data Analysis and Statistical Reasoning to a real-time online format, to maintain high student engagement and course rigor.

The class was the first online course offered in the Department of Statistical Sciences, and thus was experimental, but was also a significant change in direction from the increasingly popular “massive open online courses” (MOOCs). The course was open only to Duke students and closely paralleled the content of the regular session Statistics 101 course of the same name. The most significant difference was that the summer course was conducted entirely online and required daily real-time participation by web conference. In this presentation, Dr. Çetinkaya-Rundel will explore the lessons learned from teaching this course, both for online teaching as well as improvements that can be brought back to the in-person class.

Registration is not required for this event. Light refreshments will be available beginning at 3:30 pm, the presentation begins at 4 pm.


Author: Randy Riddle

Randy A. Riddle consults with faculty in the Humanities and Social Sciences on integrating technology into teaching. He has been a CIT consultant since 2000. His professional interests include e-learning, social networking, online productivity tools, video and multimedia, and visualization. Randy's current work includes management of the CIT's Faculty Fellows program, consulting on Coursera course design and exploring areas such as e-textbook authoring. His other interests outside of work include restoration of vintage recording formats and broadcasting and film history. He volunteers for the Old Time Radio Researchers Group and maintains an ongoing blog on radio history research.