eCOTS 2022 - Call for Proposals

CAUSE is excited to announce the 2022 Electronic Conference on Teaching Statistics which will be held online from May 23rd to May 26th, 2022. The conference theme is "Preparing the Modern Student". The conference will include four keynote addresses by Mine Cetinkaya-Rundel at Duke University, Talithia Williams at Harvey Mudd College, Nathan Taback from the University of Toronto and Rob Gould at University of California, Los Angeles. There will also be thirty-minute or seventy-minute breakout sessions, online workshops, birds of a feather sessions, virtual poster sessions and reading groups.

We are calling for proposals for workshops and breakout sessions focusing on these four tracks.

  1. Statistical and Data Literacy for the Modern Student – what every student needs to know in their personal and professional lives.
  2. Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice in data science and statistics.
  3. Preparing Mentors, Leaders, and Teachers for tomorrow.
  4. The (old and new) skills needed for the modern data scientist and statistician.

This conference strives to drive the conversation on how to prepare the modern student.

In addition to the online content, there will also be regional face-to-face meetings to encourage discussion in local statistics and data science education communities.

Please consider submitting a proposal for an interactive breakout session, pre-conference workshop, virtual poster, or "birds of a feather" discussion topic. See below for links to submit proposals.


Phase I

Proposals are due by January 30th, 2022, and decisions are expected to be made by March 1st, 2022.

  • Pre-conference Workshops

    Pre-conference workshops provide an opportunity for more extensive study of a topic and more interaction among participants and presenters. Workshop durations range from a half-day to two days.

  • Breakout Sessions

    Breakout sessions (30 min or 70 min) provide interactive engagement among participants and presenters, on topics related directly to the conference theme of "Preparing the Modern Student."

  • Reading Groups

    Are you interested in hosting a virtual reading group before or after eCOTS? The reading can be a book or a collection of articles from a reputable journal such as JSDSE or SERJ. In the past, reading groups have met for 1 to 1.5 hours per week for 4 – 5 weeks. Generally, 1 to 2 chapters or articles is a good amount of reading to foster conversation. The reading groups have run before or after virtual events.


Phase II

Initial Deadline: February 15th, 2022

Extended Deadline: March 13th, 2022

  • Regional Conferences

    Regional mini-conferences or workshops are designed to build the local statistics education community and integrate with eCOTS and its theme of "Preparing the Modern Student". These regional mini-conferences have a variety of formats and occur at different times.


Phase III

Proposals are due by March 13th, 2022, and decisions are expected to be made by April 8th, 2022.

  • Virtual Posters & Beyond Sessions

    The P&B session provides an opportunity for conference participants to display a "poster" of their ideas or provide a small demonstration of their favorite examples, activities, and teaching methods, the "beyond". Abstracts for posters or beyond activities in the eCOTS Posters and Beyond session submitted before January 30, 2022, at 11:59 pm will receive feedback from the session organizers. Final abstracts should be submitted by March 13, 2022, at 11:59 pm. Abstracts submitted between January 31 and March 13 will be considered for selection, but will not receive feedback from the session organizers.
    In our virtual setting, a "poster" or "beyond" session will be a 5-7-minute video presentation that will be posted on the conference website with the opportunity to interact during the scheduled Zoom session time.

    For "Posters," describe the teaching environment (e.g., type of institution, type of students, number of students per class), what takeaways viewers of the poster should expect, and whether the work has IRB approval if necessary. It is helpful, but not necessary, for those submitting posters to have some citations to support their work. Please note that the committee will be looking for evidence or potential for efficacy in the classroom and evidence of scholarly work or evaluation.

    For Beyond, provide the activity, demonstration, applet, etc., if possible and describe how you incorporate the demonstration, activity, or method into your classroom, and how you assess (formative or summative) the demonstration. Provide a brief description of the teaching environment (e.g., type of class, number of students, etc.) in which you use the activity. Describe briefly any success you’ve experienced with the activity.

  • Birds-of-a-Feather Discussions

    The highlights of the Electronic Conference on Teaching Statistics include interaction and discussion among statistics educators with similar interests. One mechanism for facilitating such conversations is a birds-of-a-feather discussion, in which people with similar interests gather to discuss a particular topic.