Author Archives: Chris Malone

About Chris Malone

Chris Malone ( is Professor of Statistics and Data Science at Winona State University, Minnesota.

Should we teach the bootstrap or not in introductory statistics courses?

Chris Malone – Winona State University


One’s success in a course is often determined by his or her desire and motivation to learn.  Unfortunately, desire and motivation are often lacking in an introductory statistics course.  I have learned some tricks over my years of teaching to enhance motivation — leverage their existing knowledge whenever possible and require students to repeatedly consider the phrase “What would happen if … .”[pullquote]Modern technologies and the recent advances in the use of simulation-based methods in teaching introductory statistics have allowed students to easily consider a variety of “What would happen if …”  scenarios. [/pullquote] Continue reading

Why did I choose to teach with simulation based methods?

Chris Malone, Winona State University

I started teaching at Winona State University in 2002.  I am fortunate to be able to teach a variety of statistics courses to students with an even wider variety of backgrounds here at Winona State.  About 10 years ago, at the advice of a senior faculty member, I started doing statistical consulting work to balance my teaching duties.  This had a remarkable impact on my teaching at that time.  Consulting continues to this day to shape my approach to teaching statistics.

[pullquote]The traditional sequence was too compartmentalized and did not allow much time for students to conduct a statistical analysis from start-to-finish.[/pullquote] Continue reading