Taking a Passion for Statistics to the Classroom, into the MOOC World and Back

Taking a Passion for Statistics to the Classroom, into the MOOC World and Back Again

Lisa Dierker (Wesleyan University)

This presentation will describe an NSF-funded, multi-disciplinary, project-based model for teaching introductory statistics that directly and creatively tackle many of the most significant challenges currently faced by introductory statistics instructors and students. The curriculum is aimed at taking advantage of students' natural curiosity and providing a common language for approaching questions across numerous scientific disciplines. Core features of this curriculum include providing opportunities for students to flexibly apply their knowledge, the use of real world data, computing as a window to core statistical concepts, and supporting students with varying levels of preparation. I will also include information on the course as a MOOC and how experiences with that delivery format is now shaping our thinking about the classroom experience at Wesleyan and our partner institutions.

refreshments to precede the talk at 4:00pm in Seeley Mudd 208

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  • Nicholas H.

    Lisa Dierker provided a great overview of her innovative intro stats course, and I hope that there are ways to integrates parts of this in future classes in the Five Colleges.

    March 24, 2014

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