The ASA Section on Teaching of Statistics in the Health Sciences (TSHS) is excited to
present our Spring 2021 webinar. Dr. Subha Nair of HHMSPB NSS College for Women will
moderate our 1.5-hour panel discussion with Dr. Satheesh Kumar of the University of
Kerala, Dr. Asha Gopalakrishnan of the Cochin University of Science and Technology, Dr.
Mousumi Banerjee of the University of Michigan, Dr. Kevin Wilson of Newcastle University,
and Dr. Sahir Bhatnagar of McGill University, who will share their experiences teaching
statistics online during the pandemic from around the world.
The webinar is FREE and open to all. Details and registration information are below.
TITLE: "Teaching statistics online during the pandemic – sharing experiences from
PANELISTS: Dr. Subha Nair, HHMSPB NSS College for Women, India (moderator)
Dr. Satheesh Kumar, University of Kerala, India
Dr. Asha Gopalakrishnan, Cochin University of Science and Technology, India
Dr. Mousumi Banerjee, University of Michigan, United States
Dr. Kevin Wilson, Newcastle University, United Kingdom
Dr. Sahir Bhatnagar, McGill University, Canada
DATE/TIME: Tuesday March 30, 2021, 10am – 11:30am (Eastern)
VENUE: Online webinar hosted using the Zoom platform
ABSTRACT: A new form of pedagogical approach was thrust upon us by the pandemic – online
classrooms; a concept that was never experienced or experimented to the extent that was
witnessed in the past few months. The challenges involved in online teaching are many,
especially for a discipline like statistics which is essential for students undergoing
courses in science, health science as well as social sciences. The challenges can be
anything, including difficulty in comprehending foundational concepts through virtual
classrooms, lack of availability of technical tools such as electronic gadgets or internet
coverage, lack of online teaching tools and resources, absence of appropriate technical
knowhow which can hinder the ease of communication between the facilitators and students,
and lack of appropriate evaluation of student performances. The extent of these challenges
may vary from region to region and would depend upon socio-economic profiles of the
places. However, the global academic fraternity in the statistics community is committed
to effective dissemination of statistics content and knowledge to students from multiple
disciplines amid these changed circumstances. In such a scenario, it will be both
important as well as informative to have a platform for experience sharing of experts from
around the world. This will not only help us exchange information regarding multiple
academic approaches and evaluation aids successfully implemented by the statistics
fraternity, but also provide significant insights into the availability of shared
resources and identify what worked well in different geographical regions.
REGISTRATION: To register, please complete the form provided at this link:
The webinar link will be sent to you in a confirmation email after registering, and a link
to the webinar recording will be sent to you about a week after the session.