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This is a collection of notes that covers many topics typically included in introductory and/or intermediate statistics courses. The notes are in PDF format, and each is followed by a set of exercises (with most answers included). The site also includes some tables and a link to a StatTable calculator.
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Date Of Record Creation 2010-06-20 13:21:00
Date Last Modified 2010-06-20 13:27:00
Date Of Record Release 2010-06-20 13:26:00
Alternate Title STAT-ATTIC
Source Concetta DePaolo
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Date Issued 2010-05-20
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Typical Learning Time Pompeu Fabra University
Author Name B. Burt Gerstman
Author Organization San Jose State University
General Comments Viewers can also download the PowerPoint slides
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Technical Requirements Internet browser and connection. Users must register for the site (it's free) to upload data.
Comments This was the first webinar in the webinar series sponsored by CAUSE. Its purpose was to encourage people who participated in USCOTS 2005 to submit their poster presentations to CAUSEweb.
Content Quality (Concerns) This is just a tool. Any lessons or learning material using the tool would have to be created from scratch by an instructor. This is a better tool for research/project purposes than for introductory lectures on the topic. The users need to have some background to understand and appreciate the functions of some of the tools provided.
Content Quality (Strengths) The resource contains a big collection of data visualizing tools including the traditional scatter plot to more advanced ones such as tag cloud. It also supports self-upload data and discussion forum. Content-wise the module is very comprehensive. The software is powerful, and the site features make it easy to use. The variety of visualizations encourage exploration and experimentation with data.
Ease of Use (Concerns) There is no systematic demonstration of concepts and theory. This is not a ready-for-the-classroom resource. Instructors will need to think hard about how to use this in a statistics course. This module may be better used in research than teaching. There is reason to be concerned about the licensing agreement. There is no option for private data -- everything uploaded to the site becomes publicly available, which brings up issues of copyright and privacy. This is not a ready-for-the-classroom resource. Instructors will need to think hard about how to use this in a statistics course.
Ease of Use (Strengths) It's easy to get up and running with the software. The interface is very intuitive and visual, and the software has very powerful data recognition tools.
Potential Effectiveness (Concerns) The model is not designed for teaching. It does not identify learning objectives or reinforce concepts progressively. It is more like a stand-alone repository and discussion forum for the researchers who are interested in data visualization. Introductory students would need very structured assignments and explanations to use this tool effectively. More advanced students will be able to get more out of it.
Potential Effectiveness (Strengths) This is not a module, only a tool. It encourages exploration and student discovery. With appropriately written assignments, it could help with conceptual understanding. The model is comprehensive and collects a lot of visualization tools from classic to advanced. Some tools are very interesting and not normally used in basic statistics textbooks. For example, the tag cloud or the phrase net can be used in teaching Natural Language Processing.
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