Teaching Introductory Statistics with Simulation-Based Inference

Presented by

Nathan Tintle, Beth Chance, Allan Rossman, and Anelise Sabbag

Saturday, July 30th, 2016 (8:30am - 5:00pm), immediately preceding the Joint Statistical Meetings in the Hilton Chicago Hotel, Stevens Salon C2.


The goals of this workshop are to help participants to revise their introductory statistics course in two ways:

  1. Using randomization-based methods, as opposed to methods based on the normal distribution, to introduce concepts of statistical inference, and
  2. Emphasizing the overarching process of conducting statistical investigations, from formulating a question and collecting data through exploring data and drawing inferences to communicating results, throughout the course.

The workshop will provide direct experience with hands-on activities designed to introduce students to fundamental concepts of inference using simulation-based methods. The learning activities involve using freely available applets to explore concepts and analyze real data from genuine research studies. The presenters will also offer implementation and assessment suggestions during these activity-based sessions and discussion sessions based on the experiences of the presenters with simulation-based curricula in their own classrooms. More information about the projects on which this workshop is based can be found at: www.math.hope.edu/isi and www.catalystsumn.blogspot.com.

There is no fee for this workshop, but advance registration is required. You will receive an email confirmation and more information later. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop or tablet. Questions can be directed to Allan Rossman (arossman@calpoly.edu).