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Activity Number: 174
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Monday, August 1, 2016 : 10:30 AM to 12:20 PM
Sponsor: Section on Statistical Education
Abstract #321085 View Presentation
Title: Incorporating Service Learning into an Undergraduate Statistical Consulting Course
Author(s): Samantha Bates Prins*
Companies: James Madison University
Keywords: Consulting ; Service learning ; Undergraduate curriculum ; Collaboration

This presentation describes one model for incorporating a service learning opportunity into an undergraduate statistical consulting course. These opportunities provide students with an authentic experience in the application of statistics and a valuable service to an off-campus non-profit or community organization. Incorporation of service learning was motivated in part by the relatively low number of clients (approximately 30 per year) that our statistics faculty assist through our Statistical Consulting Center; it became difficult to guarantee that students participating in the course would be exposed to a significant project. We will share lessons learned regarding how to integrate service learning into the assessment of the course, and the ideal timing of the external client meetings relative to coverage of the course material. Other aspects of the pedagogies used and content covered including the use of role-play, observation of on-campus consultations, and discussion of statistical ethics, will also be discussed.

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