Selecting Technology to Promote Learning in an Online Introductory Statistics Course

  • Megan MockoEmail author


Online courses are becoming an increasingly more common option for college students and technology plays a critically important role. How can an online course be taught in a way that engages the students so that they master the material just as well as in a traditional classroom? In order to help accomplish this goal, various technological packages must be chosen to bridge the gap between the traditional and online course. This chapter will discuss the technological setup of a new online Statistics course, review why the specific technologies were chosen, its implementation, and some problems that have arisen. The chapter will concentrate discussion on four areas: content building software (interactive websites), interactive communication programs (chat rooms, etc.), online grading, and the necessary computer hardware.


Statistics Online Interactive websites 


  1. Agresti, A., & Franklin, C. (2009). Statistics: The art and science of learning from data (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.Google Scholar
  2. Aliaga, M., Cobb, G., Cuff, C., Garfield, J., Gould, R., Lock, R., et al. (2005). GAISE College Report. Retrieved December 30, 2009, from
  3. Bjornsdottir, A. & Gundlach, E. (2011, May 21). Rethinking assessment in the digital age. United States Conference on Teaching Statistics. Raleigh, NC.Google Scholar
  4. Boettcher, J., & Conrad, R.-M. (2010). The online teaching survival guide: Simple and practical pedagogical tips. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.Google Scholar
  5. Everson, M. G., & Garfield, J. (2008). An innovative approach to teaching online statistics courses. Technology Innovations in Statistics Education, 2(1). Retrieved from
  6. Everson, M., & Miller, J. (2011, May 21). Using social media and technology to engage the next generation of statistics students. United States Conference on Teaching Statistics 2011. Raleigh, NC.Google Scholar
  7. Mills, J., & Raju, D. (2011). Teaching statistics online: A decade’s review of the literature about what works. Journal of Statistics Education, 19(2). Retrieved from
  8. Tudor, G. E. (2006). Teaching introductory statistics online—Satisfying the students. Journal of Statistical Education, 14(3). Retrieved from
  9. Utts, J., Sommer, B., Acredolo, C., Maher, M., & Matthews, H. (2003) A study comparing traditional and hybrid internet-based instruction in introductory statistics classes. Journal of Statistical Education, 11(3). Retrieved from

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of StatisticsUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

Personalised recommendations