W06: More than a Seat in the Classroom: Creating a Welcoming (and Empowering) Place at the Table for Introductory Statistics Students (1/2)

Lisa Dierker (Wesleyan University) & Kristin Flaming (Valdosta University)


Thursday, June 24th, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm ET
Friday, June 25th, 4:00pm – 6:00 pm ET


This workshop will support instructors in implementing the Passion-Driven Statistics curriculum and engaging students at many different levels, including complete beginners. Passion-Driven Statistics is a project-based introductory curriculum that has been implemented as a statistics course, a research methods course, a data science course, a capstone experience, and a summer research boot camp with students from a wide variety of academic settings. The curriculum engages students in authentic projects with large, real-world data sets from the very first day! The focus is on welcoming and empowering students to ask and answer questions they care about. Workshop sessions will include a brief presentation focused on the nuts and bolts of the Passion-Driven Statistics model followed by hands on experience with the steps that allow students to engage in independent research. Each instructor’s experience in the workshop will be individualized to her/his own interests, background and needs. Early career participants are especially encouraged to attend. Laptop computers are required. If you are proficient in a specific statistical software platform and have it available on your laptop, you are welcome to use it for the hands-on portion. For those interested in starting to learn a code-based software platform, we will support you in using SAS in the cloud (free and requiring nothing to be downloaded onto your laptop). The Passion-Driven Statistics e-book is now on-line. https://ldierker1.github.io/passiondrivenstatistics/.

For more information, contact Lisa Dierker, ldierker@wesleyan.edu or check out the Passion-Driven Statistics website at https://passiondrivenstatistics.com/