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Wednesday, December 9 • 11:30am - 12:00pm
Providing Support for Business Statistics Course: Collaboration Between Faculty and Library Services Professionals

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Applied Statistics for Business is taught as a required course in the second year of the DeGroote School of Business. The course provides an introduction to the application of statistical analysis in managerial decision-making. One major component of the student evaluation is a semester long project, in which students are required to work in groups to perform statistical analysis on real-world data sets.

The students from this class began approaching the Data Specialist and Business Librarian with high-level questions related to their project, while some could be answered with the help of traditional resources and others through highly specialized data sets. Nearly every group came to the library seeking help for their project. It became apparent that a unique collaboration between the library services professionals and the faculty member should be established to build resources and to provide support for this group project.

Thousand, Villa and Nevin (2006) identified this process of collaboration in teaching and learning between faculty and library professionals as consultative and stop-in support. Assessing needs for any modifications to existing supports or curriculum are currently evaluated. During the presentation, after discussing both the formal and informal structure of our collaboration, its benefits and challenges, the audiences will be encouraged to share their experience of such collaborations. Continuous improvements that were made to the original collaboration model will also be highlighted.


Thousand, J.S., Villa, R.A., & Nevin, A.I. (2006). Many faces of collaborative planning and teaching. Theory into Practice45 (3), 239-248. doi: 10.1207/s15430421tip4503_6


Fouzia Baki

McMaster University

Vivek Jadon

McMaster University

Ines Perkovic

McMaster University

Wednesday December 9, 2015 11:30am - 12:00pm EST
Meeting Room D

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