"Implementing a Senior Statistics Practicum: Lessons and Feedback from Multiple
Offerings", CAUSE/JSDSE webinar series (free, signup required)
Title: Implementing a Senior Statistics Practicum: Lessons and Feedback from Multiple
Tuesday, November 15th, 2022
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm ET
Presented by: Kirsten Doehler (Elon University)
Abstract: This month, in the CAUSE (Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate
Statistics Education) / JSDSE (Journal of Statistics and Data Science Education) webinar
series, we highlight the article, Implementing a Senior Statistics Practicum: Lessons and
Feedback from Multiple Offerings.
A Statistics Practicum course can be offered as another option besides an internship or
research experience for students to fulfill a required statistics major capstone
This webinar will discuss the first and fourth offering of this practicum course, which
provided a unique perspective on the initial implementation of the course and its
development over time.
The course offered students opportunities to carry out statistical consulting projects
with external clients.
Students were given multiple reflection assignments throughout the course.
Challenges of the projects were discussed in the reflections, which included issues of
data cleaning and analysis. Students also responded to both Likert-scale and open-ended
questions on an end of semester survey. These responses provided information on sentiment
regarding the consulting projects and perceived usefulness of various components of the
Statistics Practicum course. Both student reflection assignments and survey responses were
analyzed as part of this study. Explanations of the thought processes that went into
setting up and running the course, as well as advice and suggestions for course
improvements and successful administration, will be discussed.
Registration is free but required: