"Be the Statistician: An approach for the modern student"
with Melissa Sovak, California University of Pennsylvania
Hosted by: David Kline, The Ohio State University
One of the biggest challenges for a statistics professor is finding appropriate ways to measure a student's knowledge of introductory statistics. It is desirable to test a student's statistical reasoning ability, their ability to select and apply appropriate statistical methods to data and draw appropriate contextual conclusions. However, often, manufactured test questions fail to truly capture the student's understanding of material. This presentation will cover a unique approach to testing student's understanding and ability to relate ideas together in an introductory statistics course. "Be the statistician" is an assessment method intended to invite students to take on the role of a statistical consultant. The assessment asks students to deal with several different true-to-life statistical questions (based off of real-life examples) and provide consulting advice for each situation. Students are awarded points for identifying appropriate statistical approaches to analyze data and for providing a complete analysis, that is, one that provides a full analysis of the data including graphical displays, inference tests, etc. as opposed to an approach that merely considers one aspect of analysis. This presentation will share sample questions, grading rubrics and discuss the benefits of this type of exam versus a more traditional exam.
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