Nano-Project Qualifying Exam Process: An Intensified Dialogue between Students and Faculty

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dc.contributor.author Blitzstein, Joseph Kalmon
dc.contributor.author Meng, Xiao-Li
dc.date.accessioned 2011-09-22T19:18:54Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.citation Blitzstein, Joseph, and Xiao-Li Meng. 2010. Nano-project qualifying exam process: an intensified dialogue between students and faculty. The American Statistician 64(4): 282-290. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0003-1305 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:5139086
dc.description.abstract An effectively designed examination process goes far beyond revealing students’ knowledge or skills. It also serves as a great teaching and learning tool, incentivizing the students to think more deeply and to connect the dots at a higher level. This extends throughout the entire process: pre-exam preparation, the exam itself, and the post-exam period (the aftermath or, more appropriately, afterstat of the exam). As in the publication process, the first submission is essential but still just one piece in the dialogue. Viewing the entire exam process as an extended dialogue between students and faculty, we discuss ideas for making this dialogue induce more inspiration than perspiration, and thereby making it a memorable deep-learning triumph rather than a wish-to-forget test-taking trauma. We illustrate such a dialogue through a recently introduced course in the Harvard Statistics Department, Stat 399: Problem Solving in Statistics, and two recent Ph.D. qualifying examination problems (with annotated solutions). The problems are examples of “nano-projects”: big picture questions split into bite-sized pieces, fueling contemplation and conversation throughout the entire dialogue. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Statistics en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher American Statistical Association en_US
dc.relation.isversionof doi:10.1198/tast.2010.10027 en_US
dash.license OAP
dc.subject Ph.D. qualifying examination en_US
dc.subject preparation of and for exams en_US
dc.subject confidence intervals with restricted parameter space en_US
dc.subject bias-variance trade-off en_US
dc.subject mean-squared error en_US
dc.subject statistical education en_US
dc.title Nano-Project Qualifying Exam Process: An Intensified Dialogue between Students and Faculty en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.description.version Author's Original en_US
dc.relation.journal The American Statistician en_US
dash.depositing.author Blitzstein, Joseph Kalmon
dc.date.available 2011-09-22T19:18:54Z

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