eCOTS 2014 - Workshop #3


"Empowering Introductory Statistics Students with a Passion-Driven, Project-Based Curriculum"
Lisa Dierker, Wesleyan University

Abstract

This workshop will expose participants to an NSF funded, multi-disciplinary, project-based model for teaching introductory statistics. We will provide project-based learning materials and discuss teaching strategies that directly and creatively tackle many of the most significant challenges currently faced by introductory statistics instructors and students. The curriculum is aimed at taking advantage of students' natural curiosity and providing a common language for approaching questions across numerous scientific disciplines. Core features of this curriculum include providing opportunities for students to flexibly apply their knowledge, the use of real world data, computing as a window to core statistical concepts, and supporting students with varying levels of preparation. Following an overview of the course, former students will be available to participate in a panel discussion about their experiences. Opportunities to become involved in Phase II of this project will also be described.

Students from Wesleyan on the discussion panel:

  • Leonid Liu
  • Eric Stephen
  • Jalen Alexander
  • Justin McCullum
  • Oladoyin O. Oladapo

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