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The project includes several PhD students and postdocs who will conduct the research described in section [*].

Each PhD student and postdoc in this project will assist with or teach one course per year (estimated at 15% of the person's time), which includes setting up tutorials with quizzes.

A full-time instructor can teach two courses per semester or in principle 20 courses in 5 years. A course-based master's degree in applied statistics will require 2 full years of study corresponding to some 12 courses if each is large, i.e. 10 ECTS credits. On the other hand, teaching courses for the first time and generating quizzes etc will result in considerably more work than the ``average'' teaching load. Thus, allocating a full-time postdoc to the task in addition to the other participants should be appropriate.

A major part of this project is to entice other instructors to use the ``tutor-web'', initially in statistics. Once a considerable amount of high-quality material has been set up instructors will see benefits in using the available material and deposit some of their own. This will initially require the postdoc's assistance but eventually become automatic (cf Wikipedia).

Naturally, in order to reach the milestones of teacher and student participation, a formal recruitment effort is needed, to start the above process. Within the project budget the staff, post-docs and PhD students will provide a good basis of statistics tutorials and quiz questions along with a working environment. In addition, cooperation will be set up with target universities within Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. The cooperation will be informal in that selected professors and students in each target university will become a test-base. Test-bases will include some with a clear need for support and others with capacity to participate in evolving the ``tutor-web''. The first test-base will be within the University of Craiova, Romania.

A second approach will be to seek out retired university professors, a completely underutilised resource, many of whom are very interested in giving access to their knowledge. High-quality information-entry system are needed here. Interestingly, retired instructors with experience in using formatting systems (groff, latex etc) have been identified and this experience is ideal for generating web-based material since conversion tools for new formatting languages can easily be incorporated into the ``tutor-web''.

Grades may be recorded and used anonymously for research purposes.