Statistics and Society: Updating the curriculum of an introductory statistical literacy course for the modern student

Tuesday, March 10th, 20152:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Presented by: Ellen Gundlach, Purdue University


Strategies for including important (and sometimes controversial), modern issues from society into an introductory statistical literacy course for liberal arts students will be discussed, including several projects which have been successfully used for 500 students split between large-lecture traditional, fully online, and flipped sections. Topics include advertisement analysis, big data, ethics, social media article discussions, and a service learning project. These new topics and projects capture student interest and show them how relevant statistical literacy is to their daily lives.