Tuesday, November 18th, 20082:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Presented by: Xiao-Li Meng, with Happy Team members: Yves Chretien, Paul Edlefsen, Kari Lock, and Cassandra Wolos; Department of Statistics, Harvard University
Statistics 105 is a team-designed course that has received local media attention (e.g., www.news.harvard.edu/gazette/2008/02.14/11-stats.html). Its course description promises the following: Discover an appreciation of statistical principles and reasoning via "Real-Life Modules" that can make you rich or poor (financial investments), loved or lonely (on-line dating), healthy or ill (clinical trials), satisfied or frustrated (chocolate/wine tasting) and more. Guaranteed to bring happiness (or misery) both to students who have never taken a previous statistics course, and to those who have taken statistics and want to see how statistical thinking applies to so many areas of life. This webinar will reveal its history, pedagogical motivation, innovations, and challenges along the way.