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Webinar Series

StatPREP webinars help instructors to familiarize themselves both with lessons and the underlying techniques for teaching data-centric data. Below this listing is the links to the recordings of past webinars.

StatPREP November/December 2020 Webinar

What’s Your Data Science Future?

Date and Time: December 3 at 3 pm EST, 2pm CST, 1pm MST, 12 pm PST.
Join us for a panel discussion of the recent Two-Year College Data Science Summit Report with panelists: Rob Gould, Rebecca Wong, and Danny Kaplan. Hosted by Ambika Silva.
To register for the webinar, please visit the link


Past Webinars

The following are descriptions and recordings of past webinars.

StatPREP October 2020 Webinar

Data Science in a Box {#Webinar-2020-10-29}

Date and Time:  Thursday October  29 at  4pm Eastern, 3 pm Central, 2 pm Mountain, 1pm  Pacific.

Our guest will be Mine Çetinkaya-Rundel,  a highly regarded teacher and one of the authors of the OpenIntro textbooks  as well  as the online “Data Science in  a Box”  package of  teaching  materials. We’ll be talking with Mine about the upcoming new edition of the  simulation-based OpenIntro textbook and how you can use it in  your class. We’ll  also cover a range of topics, from remote teaching of statistics and data science to  Mine’s (educated!) predictions about where intro stats is heading as we get started in the 2020s.

StatPREP September 2020 Webinar

Using the Activities for the New Little Apps {#Webinar-2020-9-17}

Date: Sept. 17 at 10 AM PT/ 11 am MT, noon CT/1 PM ET

Host: Kate Kozak, Danny Kaplan

In April, a webinar presented the new Little Apps for StatPREP. Come to this webinar to learn about the activities that have been updated to use the new Little Apps. Several activities will be presented along with how to use them in class.

The recording can be viewed at

StatPREP August 2020 Webinar

Building Community in a Remote Learning Environment {#Webinar-2020-8-7}

Aug 7, 2020 02:00 PM EDT, 1:00 PM CDT, 12:00 PM MDT, 11:00 AM PDT
A sense of belonging and community is still critical to ensure that students remain engaged and enthusiastic while being in a remote learning environment.  Students may be accustomed to find a sense of belonging from interactions with their peers and classmates in a physical classroom setting. As instruction is delivered virtually, students may likely feel less connected, uncertain, or distracted in their new learning environment.  Creating a virtual community is just as important for remote learning as it is in a physical classroom.  In this webinar suggestions will be given which can help educators reestablish a sense of belonging for their students.

StatPREP June 2020 Webinar

There was no June 2020 StatPREP webinar, however there was an opportunity for learning more about data centric statistics. This opportunity was

The American Statistical Association conducted a free workshop titled “Teaching Introductory Statistics in the 2020s: A Virtual Workshop for Two-Year College Educators” on Monday June 29 and Tuesday June 30 from 12-4pm Eastern time.

This workshop focused on ideas and activities for teaching introductory statistics in accordance with the American Statistical Association’s GAISE recommendations and “A World Beyond P < 0.05” initiative. Highlighted themes included multivariable thinking, data fluency, misconceptions and limitations of p-values, and alternatives to p-values such as effect sizes.  Presenters were Roxy Peck, Rob Gould, Danny Kaplan, Beth Chance, Jeff Witmer, and Kari Lock Morgan.

The recordings from that workshop are now available.  You can access these recordings by clicking on the titles of the presentations at:

StatPREP May 2020 Webinar

What Every Instructor Should Know About the Bootstrap {#Webinar-2020-5-18}

Date: Monday, May 18

Time: 3:30 p.m. EDT, 2:30 p.m CDT, 1:30 p.m. MDT, 12:30 p.m. PDT

Host: Tim Hesterberg & Kate Kozak

Statistical concepts such as sampling distributions, standard errors, and P-values are difficult for many students. A good way to get hands-on experience with these abstract concepts is using bootstrapping and permutation tests, and we’ll demonstrate using a variety of examples. Though bootstrapping has enormous potential in statistics education and practice, there are subtle issues and ways to go wrong. For example, the common combination of nonparametric bootstrapping and bootstrap percentile confidence intervals is less accurate than using t-intervals for small samples, though more accurate for larger samples. The goals of this talk are to provide a deeper understanding of bootstrap methods – how they work, when they work or not, which methods work better– and to highlight pedagogical issues.

The recording of the video can be viewed at

StatPREP April 2020 Webinar

Little App Update {#Webinar-2020-4-23}

Date and time: Thursday, April 23, 2020, 1 p.m. EDT, 12 p.m. CDT, 11 a.m. MDT, 10 a.m. PDT

Hosts: Jennifer Ward & Danny Kaplan

The third anniversary of the StatPREP Little Apps is approaching. To celebrate, we’re launching a brand new set of apps with a new look and new functionality. Among the changes are a dramatically increased choice of data sets (including those keyed to textbooks often used by StatPREP instructors) and the ability to upload your own CSV files, a feature that lets you freeze a display and show it side-by-side with the current display. The original apps will continue to be available at their current web addresses, but we encourage you to switch to the new ones and try out their new capabilities.

The recording of the webinar can be viewed at

StatPREP March 2020 Webinar

The p-value: Replacing 0.05 with Understanding {#Webinar-2020-3-16}

Date and time: March 26, 2020, at 10 am PDT, 11 am MDT, 12 pm (noon) CDT,  1pm EDT.

The American Statistical Association’s 2016 P-Value Statement and The American Statistician’s 2019 special issue “Statistical Inference in the 21st Century: A World Beyond p < 0.05” both provide a call for action and change regarding how p-values are taught and used.   In particular, they discourage the focus on whether a p-value is less than a specific threshold (e.g. 0.05), and encourage a better understanding of what the p-value actually represents.  This talk will discuss ways to replace “p < 0.05” with conceptual understanding of a p-value in introductory statistics courses.

The recording of the webinar can be viewed at

SatPREP February/March 2020 Webinar

Date Time: March 13, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: StatPREP Webinar: Course Curricula & StatPREP {#Webinar-2020-3-13}

Danny Kaplan and Kate Kozak will introduce the three new StatPREP companion tools for Statistics Using Technology by Kozak, OpenIntro Statistics by Diez, et al, and Elementary Statistics by Triola. Do you use one of these books in your introductory statistics classes? If so, tune in to this webinar to learn how StatPREP can help you teach data-centric stats! If you don’t use these books, you can still learn where the StatPREP material can be used with your textbook.

The recording of the webinar can be viewed at

StatPREP December 2019 Webinar

The Compact Guide to Classical Inference: Why? Webinar: {#Webinar-2019-12-10}

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 10

Hosts: Donna LaLonde & Danny Kaplan

About the Webinar

In Dec. 2019, starts the serial publication of a short, highly specialized book: The Compact Guide to Classical Inference. Keeping in mind that StatPREP is about centering statistics education on real data, this book is an anomaly: the introduction of a reframed mathematical approach to statistical inference. The reframed approach unifies into a simple, single standard procedure all the inferential settings found in introductory statistics and carries forward to apply to “advanced” settings such as multiple regression.

The webinar will be a conversation between Donna and Danny about how the many formulae and probability tables of historical statistics can be unified into a single simple test statistic, F, and an expression for the confidence interval in terms of F. Join us!

The recording of the webinar can be viewed at

StatPREP November 2019 Webinar

Assessment Webinar {#Webinar-2019-11-5}

The November webinar will discuss assessment ideas. It is on November 5, 2019, at 3 pm EST. , 2 pm CST, 1pm MST, and noon PST. Check back for the description and sign up link.

Assessment is an integral part of instruction, as it determines whether or not learning goals are being met and makes us ask, “Are students learning what they are supposed to be learning?” Learn how to use the StatPREP Little Apps to make meaningful assessments during this month’s webinar!

The recording of the webinar can be viewed at

StatPREP October 2019 Webinar

MAA Connect Webinar {#Webinar-2019-10-23}

Looking for ways to connect with other StatPREP participants across the country?  Do you want to share the wonderful innovated data centric ways you’re teaching your intro stats course?  Join the conversation on MAA connect. This webinar will show you how to get onto MAA connect whether you’re an MAA member or not as well as going over the basics of MAA connect.

The recording of the webinar can be viewed at

Using the Activities for Little App “Rare and Common” 

September 19, 2019 {#Webinar-2019-09-19}

Do you have an unusually high pulse rate? How can a person find out? This webinar will present an activity developed for the Little App called “Common and Rare.” This activity is a group activity that is available to use in a class today. The webinar will show you how to use the activity and the Little App in an introductory Statistics course to introduce and investigate the concept of rare and common events utilizing the normal curve. The recording of the webinar can be viewed at

Using the Little App “Linear Models”

March 27, 2019 {#Webinar-2019-03-27}

The webinar presents a Little App called Linear Models, formally Regression and Smoothers. This is the first look at the redesign of the Little Apps. This Little App will allow teachers and students to pick between 4 different datasets and then particular variables to investigate a linear regression model between the variables. The webinar will show how to use the Little App in your courses to introduce and investigate regression.The recording of the webinar can be viewed on YouTube at

Using the “What’s Normal?” Class Lesson to Introduce the Normal Distribution

February 22, 2019 {#Webinar-2019-02-22}

The webinar presents a classroom lesson called “What’s Normal?” that models data which can be used to explain the normal distribution to your class. The lesson shows the connection between data and the empirical rule of the normal curve. The recording of the webinar can be viewed on YouTube at

Introducing Your Students to Multivariable Data

Friday January 25, 2019 {#Webinar-2019-01-25}

This webinar presents a way to introduce students to data. The webinar will present two classroom lessons that can be used to explain multivariable data to your class. The first is called “A Lesson for the First Day,” and is used to show your students how data can be used to answer questions. The second is called “Using Google Spreadsheets,” and has your students collect data in the classroom. Both of these activities can be completed early in the course. The recording of the webinar can be viewed on YouTube at

Using Little Apps to teach Two-sample t

Friday October 26, 2018 {#Webinar-2018-11-26}

The webinar demonstrates how to use the little app on Two-sample t in class and use the little app on proportions. Lastly the webinar shows the tutorials on sampling and resampling if people want to introduce modern methods in statistics. The recording of the webinar can be viewed on YouTube at

Using StatPREP Little Apps to Teach Descriptive Statistics

Friday, Sept 7, 2018{#Webinar-2018-09-07}

This webinar’ focus is on the nuts and bolts of designing a class lesson around using the little apps for teaching descriptive statistics.  The webinar will include:

  • Where to find the little apps
  • How to use the little app to demonstrate center and spread
  • Picking different response variables
  • Showing mean and standard deviation in the graphical output
  • Showing 95% confidence interval to introduce the idea of inference
  • Choosing an explanatory variable and then discussing difference in means
  • Some comments on sample size
  • Types of assessment that could be done
  • Time for webinar participants to ask questions

The recording of the webinar can be viewed on YouTube at

Getting a handle on ANOVA

Friday, April 20, 2018 {#Webinar-2018-04-20}

This webinar is about ANOVA, seen from a perspective that we think makes it much easier to understand and is rooted in a display of data. Kate Kozak will lead the webinar. Come find out from her what you have been missing and how to become confident in teaching ANOVA with data.

This will be our first webinar about the Little Apps series, interactive displays of data designed to let you an your students explore a statistical method or idea. This webinar features the app on one-variable ANOVA.

The recording of the webinar can be viewed on YouTube at

Writing an interactive tutorial

Friday Dec 1, 2017 {#Webinar-2017-12-1}

An interactive tutorial is an effective way to provide access to data computing to students. Tutorials can be arranged so that a student needs nothing more than a web browser. Within a tutorial, you can pose multiple choice questions, display results of statistical calculations, and provide students with an R session in which they can do their own calculations (with as much or as little guidance from you as you want).

The first step in writing an interactive tutorial is to figure out what you want the tutorial to cover. In the webinar, we’ll start by creating an Rmd file with some simple but authentic statistical content. Then, we’ll add slots for multiple-choice questions and computations. Finally, we’ll activate the components that turn an ordinary Rmd file into an interactive tutorial.

To participate fully in the webinar

  1. Make sure that you have access to an RStudio system with these packages installed: learnr,shinyknitrmarkdown, and mdsint (which you need to install with the R command devtools::install_github("dtkaplan/mdsint").

– If you are a StatPREP participant, you can request an account on the StatPREP RStudio server. The necessary packages are pre-installed.
2. Download to your laptop or desktop the Writing_tutorials_1.Rmd file containing the tutorial. In the course of the webinar, you’ll be editing this file in your account on the StatPREP RStudio server.

The recording of the webinar can be viewed on YouTube at

Using RStudio to manage your website and write course handouts

Friday Oct 27, 2017 {#Webinar-2017-11-27}

You can start teaching with StatPREP without having to set up any statistical software; all our tutorials are available through an ordinary web browser. But many instructors are interested in going deeper. In particular, we’ve had many calls for instruction on how to use RStudio to create your own documents or customize those available through StatPREP.

RStudio provides the means to write course notes, handouts, and even interactive tutorials. Together with GitHub, it lets you easily set up course-specific web sites and create materials for those sites. Oh … and since it built on the R software, it’s fully integrated with modern systems for data management, statistics, modeling, and even machine learning.

This webinar is an introduction to RStudio with a focus on creating and updating course web sites and writing course handouts. We’ll start by introducing the RStudio editor, which enables you to revise documents or create new ones. You’ll learn how to link your RStudio account to GitHub so that you can manage your course web site from within RStudio. You’ll also see how to create documents for class handouts: simultaneously generating printable PDF and web versions.


  1. You need an account on the StatPREP RStudio service. You can get an account by submitting this form. We also have some guest accounts available for last-minute arrivals. Needless to say, the service is free.
  2. You need a GitHub account. This is also free. If you already have a GitHub account, use that. If you don’t, set one up now at

The recording of the webinar can be viewed on YouTube at

Setting up your own course web site

Friday Sept 29, 2017 {#Webinar-2017-09-29}

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 (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.

The recording of the webinar can be viewed on YouTube at