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Conference Paper

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Publication Details

Norhayati Baharun and Anne Porter, Improving Statistical Education through a Learning Design, Proceedings of the Fourth Annual ASEARC Conference, 17-18 February 2011, University of Western Sydney, Paramatta, Australia.


This paper presents the results of a study examining the student learning experience of statistics within e-learning environment at the University of Wollongong. This study involves a cohort of 191 undergraduate students who enrolled in an Introductory Statistics subject in Autumn 2010 session. A learning design map was used within the subject e-learning site aiming at providing guidance which details out timing tasks and resources, and supports materials on week-by-week basis to students in learning the subject. The findings reveal the students gained benefits from the use of the map in helping them to learn and understand the subject; however they highlight some issues on the design of subject particularly within e-learning environment in terms of browser compatibility, file accessibility, map layout, and choices of design varieties. The paper concludes with a discussion on the needs of learning design in teaching practices and the learning of statistics and followed by suggestions for further research.