Tuesday, September 19th, 20234:00 pm – 5:00 pm ET
Presented by: Ciaran Evans (Wake Forest University) and William Cipolli (Colgate University)
In this September edition of the JSDSE/cause webinar series, we highlight the 2023 article: Repurposing a peer-reviewed publication to engage students in statistics: An illustration of study design, data collection, and analysis. The authors will discuss how engaging and motivating students in an undergraduate statistics courses can be enhanced by using topical peer-reviewed publications for analyses as part of course assignments. Given the popularity of on-campus therapy dog stress-reduction programs, this topic fosters buy-in from students whilst providing information regarding the importance of mental health and well-being as it impacts learning. In the webinar, the authors will describe how instructors can use a study on the benefits of human–dog interactions to teach students about study design, data collection and ethics, and hypothesis testing. The data and research questions are accessible to students without requiring detailed subject-area knowledge. Students can think carefully about how to collect and analyze data from a randomized controlled trial with two-sample hypothesis tests. Instructors can use these data for short in-class examples or longer assignments and assessments, and throughout the article and in the webinar, the authors will suggest activities and discussion questions.