Electronic Proceedings of the Thirteenth Annual Conference on
Technology in Collegiate Mathematics
CONTRIBUTED PAPER: 13-C28
Introductory Statistics Via the Internet
Judith H. Hector
Walters State Community College
500 S. Davy Crockett Parkway
Morristown, TN 37813
Phone: (423) 585-6863
Fax: (423) 585-6873
The paper describes a probability and statistics course taught via the Internet.
Students meet for an orientation, midterm and final. Otherwise, the course is
conducted on the Internet. The author discusses characteristics of learners likely
to succeed in the course. She shares thoughts on learner's cognitive abilities and
teaching novices statistics in an introductory course. She relates the results of
evaluations of the course and basic principles of teaching on the Internet. There
is a special need to deal with ways of using mathematical symbols in Web-based materials.
The paper concludes with a number of references including hotlinks to help other faculty
develop Internet courses. The paper will be available in hard copy and via e-mail.