Using Calibrated Peer Review in Statistics and Biology: A Coordinated Statistical Literacy Project

Wednesday, October 13th, 20102:00 pm – 2:30 pm ET

Presented by: Ellen Gundlach & Nancy Pelaez, Purdue University


Ellen and Nancy use Calibrated Peer Review, an online writing and peer evaluation program available from UCLA, to introduce statistical literacy to Nancy's freshman biology students and to bring a real-world context to statistical concepts for Ellen's introductory statistics classes in an NSF-funded project. CPR allows instructors in large classes to give their students frequent writing assignments without a heavy grading burden. Ellen and Nancy have their students read research journal articles on interesting subjects and use guiding questions to evaluate these articles for statistical content, experimental design features, and ethical concerns.