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Lesson: What’s Normal?

This lesson is about the idea of “normal.” Of course, normal has a different meaning in statistics than it does in everyday language. We’re contrasting the two in the context of a large data set on births in the US in 2014. In particular, this lesson focuses on the age of the mother at the time of the birth of her baby.

The idea for this lesson came out of the StatPREP faculty development workshop at St. Kate’s University in Saint Paul, Read more

Setting up your own course web site: Sept. 29, 2017 Webinar

Video of the webinar

A course web site is an essential resource for an instructor: it provides a place for you to post links to StatPREP lessons as well other tutorial material and data sets of particular interest to you and even your own course handouts. Many instructors have access to “course management software” systems such as Blackboard or Moodle to which students can log in and view a home page. We’ll focus on another approach which requires no institutional resources and uses a completely free web service: GitHub. In the webinar, we’ll go through the steps of setting up a GitHub account and a course “repository” which serves a complete website with an address like ProfAndrews.github.io/Stat4110 (where you’ll customize the ID and course name to suit your situation). Then we’ll demonstrate how to create a web page that can include links to StatPREP tutorials and other resources you choose, upload data sets so your students can easily access them, and all the other things that can make your course more accessible and engaging for students.

Follow this link to the notes and GitHub repository used in the webinar. (Page down on the site to see the notes.)

Lesson: Confidence in Taxis

The “Confidence in Taxis” tutorial introduces sampling distributions in a novel context. The lesson was developed by participants in our 2017 StatPREP Summer Workshop at the College of Saint Catherine. With the assistance of Minneapolis/St.Paul hub leader Dr. Joseph Roith, the workshop group looked at a trip-by-trip data set from the New York City Taxi and Limosine Commission. They used these real-world data to create a demonstration of Read more

Behind the Scenes: transforming traditional to data-centric. Part I

It seems so sensible to say that statistics should be data-centric. But traditionally statistics has been taught as an extension of mathematics. Data didn’t enter into it except as fodder for exercises and test questions.

In this Behind the Scenes series, we’ll look at some examples of turning traditional lessons into data-centric ones. Read more

Lesson: An Experiment with Paper Planes

One of the best ways for students to learn about data is to collect and enter data into a shared spreadsheet. This lesson (link to tutorial document) does exactly that.

On the surface, the lesson is about performing an experiment, Read more