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Activity Number: 397
Type: Topic Contributed
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 1, 2017 : 2:00 PM to 3:50 PM
Sponsor: Section on Statistical Education
Abstract #323611
Title: Teaching Statistical Collaboration Classes in Sequence
Author(s): Dandan Liu* and Mario Davidson
Companies: Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University
Keywords: collaboration ; sequence ; communication ; education ; curriculum ; graduate program
Abstract:

The same as its literal meaning, the phrase "statistical collaboration" implies two key components of a successful relationship: statistics and collaboration. Many statistics/biostatistics graduate programs offer statistical collaboration courses to prepare students with work ready statistical skills. However, an important component is often missing in the curriculum, i.e. effective interaction and communication skills. The biostatistics graduate program at Vanderbilt University offers a year-long signature course "Statistical Collaboration in Health Sciences" to the 2nd year graduate students focusing on both components in sequence. The first course places a heavy emphasis on communication, teamwork, and interdisciplinary collaboration. In the second course of the sequence, students are exposed to a variety of statistical and methodological problems that can arise in collaborative arrangements. Teaching statistical collaboration classes in such a sequence prepares students with both "hard" and "soft" skills for a successful career.


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