The journey begins

Welcome to my blog! I hope to use this space to document my thoughts, deliberations, and decisions as I update a statistics course I teach. This page will focus on my experiences teaching and designing HSCI 2117 Introduction to Statistics for the Health Sciences.

The course: HSCI2117 is an online introductory course in statistics offered in the Department of Clinical Research and Leadership at George Washington University’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences. It was first offered in 2015, as a 15-wk course, and was converted into an 8-wk course in 2016. The course attracts many pre-nursing students, as well as large cohorts of active military service members and adult learners. The course is offered in six terms each year, with at least one section running each term, and usually attracts around 175 students per year. Each section is capped at 20 students.

My experience: I began teaching the course in the spring of 2016, the second term in which it was offered, and have taught it ever since. I took a lead in condensing the 15-wk version into the 8-wk version, and in 2017 was hired as the course director. In 2018, we began to consider revamping the course, which, bringing us to the present day, has led to a near total re-conceptualization, that I am now beginning to implement.

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