The Institute for Statistics Education, which has been offering statistics education online since 2002, has announced the creation of four new online certificate programs and a tool that will allow students to plan their studies more easily. In addition to over 100 courses offered by ISE already, students will now be able to earn a certificate in Data Analytics, Biostatistics, Social Science and Using R (programming language).
The certificate pathways – called the Programs in Analytics and Statistics Studies, or PASS – will augment the certificate programs which the ISE began offering in 2006. Within the four areas of study, students will also be able to choose a number of concentrations that will allow them to focus on their particular interests.
Data Analytics certificate pathway will concentrate on the courses dealing with data analysis, data mining, predictive modeling and more. Social Science PASS will explore how statistics are applied in the field of social science, including analysis of data obtained via research, Bayesian analysis, and learning and adopting Rasch methods.
Using R PASS includes courses essential to learning how to program in R and use it for statistical analysis. (This open source statistical software program is growing rapidly in popularity; being new and open source, it lacks the training support provided by vendors of commercial software such as SAS.) Biostatistics PASS includes courses critical for the study of topics in biostatistics, which include controlled clinical trials, epidemiology and environmental science.
The total certificate program will involve work equal to about 21 American college credit hours. Each course will be taught by internationally recognized experts in their fields, and each instructor will be available for private discussion via the course forums for the entire duration of the course. Each student will be able to individually tailor their programs to fit their own schedule and work-style, with a number choosing to take only one course at a time. A number of different configurations are available, however, and candidates will retain full control over their own workload.
Classes offered as part of a PASS will mirror other Statistics.com courses and will typically last four weeks. They will feature online discussions with the instructor on the course forum, and will provide individualized feedback on homework assignments submitted by each student.
Lessons are organized by week, but within each week there is no requirement to be online at a particular time. Statistics.com is certified by the Commonwealth of VA as a post-secondary education institution. Its introductory statistics and biostatistics courses are approved for college credit by the American Council on Education.