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Navigating the First Statistics Service Course

A CAUSEway Workshop

Damon City Campus of Monroe Community College, Rochester, New York

Monday, August 6 through Friday, August 10, 2007

Presented by
Tom Short, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
John Holcomb, Cleveland State University

Overview | Agenda

About the Workshop

The Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education (CAUSE), in partnership with the Mathematics Department of Monroe Community College, is sponsoring a workshop on teaching the first statistics service course. This five-day workshop targets inexperienced teachers of Introductory Statistics, and will expose the participants to current strategies, resources, and research about teaching and learning introductory statistics.

The workshop will explore many topics in the development and improvement of an introductory statistics course. The workshop will be structured around the Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education (GAISE) College Report (see Participants will also explore, an online digital library of statistics teaching materials. The workshop will also help participants develop assessment strategies and instruments that identify student learning. This will include use of the online Assessment Resource Tools for Improving Statistical Thinking (ARTIST).

About the Presenters

Tom Short

Tom Short

Tom Short is an Associate Professor in the Mathematics Department and Coordinator of the Applied Research Lab at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is currently co-editor, with Iddo Gal, and the Statistics Education Research Journal (SERJ, see He is also on the Advanced Placement Statistics Test Development Committee. Tom has taught numerous workshops for college faculty and K-12 teachers. He is the Director of Professional Development for CAUSE. Tom was named a Fellow of the American Statistical Association in 2004, and received the 2005 "Statistical Education Award" from Mu Sigma Rho, the National Statistics Honor Society.

John Holcomb

John Holcomb

John Holcomb is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Cleveland State University. He was the 2003 receipient of the American Statistical Association's Waller Award for Teaching Excellence of Introductory Statistics. Named a Carnegie Scholar by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2000, he has been a frequent workshop presenter on using real data and data analysis projects in introductory statistics. He is a member of the Research Advisory Board for CAUSE and served on the advisory board for the Assessment Resource Tools for Improving Statistical Thinking (ARTIST) project.

Workshop Logistics

The "Navigating the First Statistics Course" workshop will be held at the Damon City campus of Monroe Community College in Rochester New York. Workshop attendance will be limited to 28 participants. There is no registration fee or cost for materials. Lunch will be provided each day of the workshop to all participants as well as a dinner for the participants on Thursday, August 9. Five nights lodging will be provided at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Rochester for those participants who live further than 30 miles from the campus. Participants will be responsible for transportation to the workshop and dinners except for Thursday evening. The workshop is a very short walk from the hotel. Evaluation of the applications to attend this workshop will begin March 15, 2007 and notification of acceptance will be emailed starting April 1, 2007.


Please note: CAUSEway workshops receive principal funding from a National Science Foundation grant. As part of that award, Science and Mathematics Program Improvement (SAMPI) at Western Michigan University will be conducting an independent evaluation of all CAUSEway activities and workshop participants are expected to fully participate in this evaluation.