Webinar: Tuesday, October 9th , 2018 2:00-3:00 PM EDT
Presented by : John Holcomb, Cleveland State University
Title : "Supplemental Instruction in Introductory STEM courses."
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Abstract: At Cleveland State University, with funding from NSF, we have adopted a supplemental instruction model for all precalculus courses and select sections of calculus. In this approach, the supplemental instruction is mandatory and led by upperclassman that we call SPTs (STEM Peer Teachers). In this webinar I will discuss the model, the result of higher pass rates in these classes and how we have begun adapting this approach in statistics I & II classes.
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The CAUSE Cartoon Caption Contest for September is now taking entries
The Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education is happy to announce our 28th Cartoon Caption Contest (that’s right – more than two years now). Each month a cartoon, drawn by British cartoonist John Landers, will be posted for you and your students to suggest statistical captions. Note that the cartoons are posted at the beginning of the month month and submissions are due at the end of the month regardless of when the winners are announced. Student entries are always welcome and this can be a fun exercise to assign to your class.
The next cartoon and the entry rules for the contest ending September 30th are at
[ https://www.causeweb.org/cause/caption-contest/september/2018/submissions | https://www.causeweb.org/cause/caption-contest/september/2018/submissions ]
The best captions will be posted on CAUSEweb and the winner(s) will receive their choice of a coffee mug or t-shirt imprinted with the cartoon.
August Results: The August caption contest had 17 entries and featured a cartoon with a pair of twins walking along side a lake while a piano hangs precariously on a rope over their heads. The rope is being hit by lightening, there are space ships in the distance about to land, and the Loch Ness Monster appears in the water - all while the twins appear to be about to slip on a pair of banana peels! The winning caption for the August contest was “Always read the full informed consent document before signing up to be in a matched-pairs experiment,” written by Greg Snow from Brigham Young University. The caption should prove helpful in discussing human subjects issues during a unit on designing experiments. Honorable mentions this month went to Michael Albers from East Carolina University for his submission: After winning both Powerball and Megamillions on the same day, Bill and Sam head out to celebrate,” and to an anonymous contributor for the entry “The Poisson model for rare events was about to be tested.” Both of the honorable mentions might be used in discussing models for rare events and the assumption of independence. Several other great entries also focused on issues of rare events and matched-pair designs.
Thanks to everyone who submitted a caption and remember to let your students know about the CAUSE caption contest!
As co-chair of the [ https://www.causeweb.org/usproc/ | USPROC ] organizing committee, I'm happy to announce the winners for the June 2018 submission cycle! We had two categories for the USCLAP competition (introductory and intermediate), and the winners for those can be found here: [ https://www.causeweb.org/usproc/usclap/2018/spring/winners | USCLAP winners ] . We also had a USRESP (research projects) competition category, with winners here: [ https://www.causeweb.org/usproc/usresp/2018/spring/winners | USRESP winners ] . Congratulations to all winners and their faculty mentors!
As you teach, and do research with, students (including from summer 2018), please consider having them submit their work for our next cycle (Deadline: Friday, December 21 , 2018) . Winners receive cash prizes! Learn more here: [ https://www.causeweb.org/usproc/ | USPROC ] .
Finally, please consider having your students submit an abstract for the 2018 Electronic Undergraduate Statistics Research Conference (eUSR) . New this year: we will award a cash prize for the best student "virtual poster". Faculty can register too, and organize institutional watch parties! This e-conference will take place on Friday , November 2nd, 2018 . It's FREE, and we have a great program, including a keynote address from Hilary Parker of StitchFix. Further information, including the registration link, can be found here: [ https://www.causeweb.org/usproc/eusrc/2018 | eUSR ] .
Best regards, the USPROC & eUSR Co-Chairs,
Vittorio Addona (Macalester College)
Kelly McConville (Reed College)
Joseph Nolan (Northern Kentucky University)
Enrollment open for the FREE Teaching Statistics Through Data Investigations MOOC
Registration is now open for the [ http://go.ncsu.edu/tsdi | Teaching Statistics Through Data Investigations ] MOOC for Educators. This course focuses on learning approaches and teaching strategies for teaching statistics with real data, and introduces participants to many rich resources and technology tools. Past participants (over 3500 from 92 countries and all 50 states), have included educators who teach statistics in middle school or high school (preservice or inservice) and intro level statistics in college to undergraduates or graduate students. Mathematics teacher educators who prepare teachers to teach statistics also find this course useful for supplementing their methods instruction.
The course opens October 1 , 2018 and will remain open through mid December to allow for flexibility in learning at your own pace. Check out the description and register at [ http://go.ncsu.edu/tsdi | http://go.ncsu.edu/tsdi ]
The course features video discussions of an expert panel of statistics educators that includes Hollylynne Lee (course designer and instructor), Christine Franklin (ASA’s K-12 Statistics Ambassador), Webster West (developer of StatCrunch), and Susan Friel (author of statistics content in a middle school series Connected Mathematics Project). There are many engaging videos of students and teachers working in classrooms and opportunities to dive into real data sets using technology tools. Participants can join a community of educators dedicated to improving their practices and learn with and from each other in our rich discussion forums!
Participants can earn a certificate for 20 hrs of professional development, plus demonstrate their competency through performance assessments, called micro-credentials, related to [ https://place.fi.ncsu.edu/mod/page/view.php?id=3269 | understanding principles to guide instruction ] (extended from ASA’s GAISE documents), and [ https://place.fi.ncsu.edu/mod/page/view.php?id=3278 | designing worthwhile statistics tasks ] . Each micro-credential can lead to set number of Continuing Education Units (CEUs), plus a certificate and digital badge.
Please share this information with anyone you know who may be interested in this FREE online professional development course. Contact Hollylynne Lee, lead instructor, with any questions at [ mailto:email@example.com | hollylynne(a)ncsu.edu ] .
Hollylynne S. Lee
Professor, Mathematics and Statistics Education
Department of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education
NC State University Faculty Scholar
Faculty Fellow, Friday Institute for Educational Innovation
RTI International University Scholar 2018-19 (Horizons Building, RTP, [ mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org | hlee.contractor(a)rti.org ] )
NC State University
Campus Box 7801
502C Poe Hall
Raleigh, NC 27695
[ mailto:Hollylynne@ncsu.edu | Hollylynne(a)ncsu.edu ]