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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. All webinars can be participated in live in real time. Recordings are available soon after the live webinar.

Upcoming Webinars

Stay tuned for the announcement of the next webinar.

Webinar How to …

We use the Zoom meeting software. You might want to watch this little video sketch. But really all you need to do is direct your browser to the link labeled “link to the live webinar” under the day’s webinar, click it, and respond to the instructions in the obvious way.

Here are some tips for participating.

Past Webinars

The following are recordings of past webinars. Below are descriptions of the webinars.

Using Little Apps to teach Two-sample t

Friday October 26, 2018 {#Webinar-2018-19-28}

The theme will be to demonstrate how to use the little app on Two-sample t in class and use the little app on proportions. Lastly the webinar will show the tutorials on sampling and resampling if people want to introduce modern methods in statistics.

Using Little Apps to Teach Descriptive Statistics

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

This webinar will focus 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

Getting a handle on ANOVA

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

By the end of April, many of us will be near the end of the semester. In terms of teaching statistics, that means we’re approaching the point of decision: Should I cover ANOVA or not?

This webinar is about ANOVA, seen from a perspective that we think makes it much easierto 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.

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.

Future webinars will cover how to deploy tutorials to a server so they can be accessed with a web browser, logging student activity, and providing automated checking of student submissions.

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.

To get you started, you’ll have your own online version of RStudio — we’ll set it up for you. 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.

  • Preliminary: It’s nice if you can have the following available to you. But if you don’t, you can see how to set them up after the webinar.
  • Contact us [HOW?] so that we can set-up an RStudio account for you. (You can also use the desktop version of RStudio, but to keep things simple starting out we recommend you use the web version we’ll set up for you.)
  • A GitHub website, as covered in an earlier webinar: Setting up your course web site.

Video recording of the webinar will be available here.

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. (Page down on the site to see the notes.)