Recently I attended a project meeting of the ‘A Pilot for a Shared On-line Statistics Advisory Service’ with project leader Alun Owen of Loughborough University and his project partners. Here is Alun’s description of his project:
Some HE institutions provide an appointments-based Statistics Advisory Service (SAS) targeted at final year and postgraduate students. However, many HE institutions do not provide a SAS, possibly due to lack of statistically qualified personnel, financial resources or lack of direct evidence of demand.
Where resourcing is an issue, an alternative that institutions could consider is a shared SAS resource, which could be provided via an on-line learning space, such as Elluminate (see http://www.elluminate.com).
This project would pilot such a shared SAS resource, in order to assess the practical and pedagogical issues involved, and the potential demand for such a service.
Alun spoke to me about his project Mathematical Sciences HE Curriculum Innovation Project Podcast: