Using "what is the message?" instead of "interpret"

Karen Lawrence & Kathryn Vrhovnik (Mohawk College)


The use of reflection techniques has surged in statistics education. During a BOF session at USCOTS 2021, we looked at using reflection questioning for summative assessment. Over the past year, we have used messaging as a more discrete form of reflection.  Messaging comes from the data visualization domain (e.g. what is the message the visual is relaying?). Why not ask the same question of a summary statistic or a regression coefficient or the results of a test instead of usually misunderstood directive “interpret”? Let’s explore the use of messaging to prepare our modern students and their communication skills.


Change of plans! Let's use this Zoom instead of the integrated video platform: