• Content Barriers to Effective Pedagogy in the Introductory Statistics Course

    Mark L. Berenson, Montclair State University
    Tuesday, December 11, 2007 - 2:00pm ET
    As we consider how we might improve our introductory statistics course we are constrained by a variety of environmental/logistical and pedagogical issues that must be addressed if we want our students to complete the course saying it was useful, it was relevant and practical, and that it increased their communicational, computational, technological and analytical skills. If not properly considered, such issues may result in the course being considered unsatisfying, incomprehensible, and/or unnecessarily obtuse.This Webinar will focus on key course content concerns that must be addressed and will engage participants in discussing resolutions. Participants will also have the opportunity to describe and discuss other content barriers to effective statistical pedagogy. Watch Webinar Recording (FLASH)
  • Measurement that Supports Assessment for Learning

    Michael Rodriguez & Andrew Zieffler, University of Minnesota
    Tuesday, November 13, 2007 - 2:00pm ET
    This webinar will include an introduction to the idea of assessment for learning - assessments that support learning, enhance learning, and provide additional learning opportunities that support instruction. Several fundamental measurement tools will be described to support the development of effective assessments that work.Watch Webinar Recording (FLASH)
  • How can writing be used effectively in statistics courses?

    Norean R. Sharpe, Babson College
    Tuesday, October 9, 2007 - 2:00pm ET
    Writing can be a wonderful tool to help illuminate what students are learning in our statistics courses. Examples and strategies to include writing in your teaching toolkit -- and to increase the writing skills of students -- include team assignments, weekly case reports, in-class questions, and others. The webinar will share effective approaches and assignments gleaned from twenty years of using writing in introductory and upper-level statistics courses.Watch Webinar Recording (FLASH)
  • Assessing Internet Resources in Statistics Education

    Ginger Rowell, Middle Tennessee State University
    Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 2:00pm ET
    The Internet is a great source of learning resources to help statistics teachers and students. Examples include interactive applets, videos, tutorials, lesson plans, case studies, and engaging learning activities. This webinar will demonstrate assessing statistics education learning materials based on the peer-review criteria used by digital libraries such as MERLOT and CAUSEweb.Watch Webinar Recording (FLASH)
  • Using an online course to support instruction of introductory statistics

    Oded Meyer, Carnegie Mellon University
    Tuesday, August 14, 2007 - 2:00pm ET
    Carnegie Mellon University was funded to develop a "stand-alone" web-based introductory statistics course, and for the last several semesters we've been studying different ways in which the course can be used to support instruction. In this presentation I'll discuss some of the challenges in developing such a learning environment and ways in which the course tries to address them, as well as describe the design and results of our studies.Watch Webinar Recording (FLASH)
  • Teaching Statistics Using Social Justice Examples

    Larry Lesser, University of Texas at El Paso
    Tuesday, July 10, 2007 - 1:00pm ET
    Drawing from (and expanding upon) his article in the March 2007 Journal of Statistics Education, Larry Lesser will discuss and invite discussion about examples, resources and pedagogy associated with this meaningful way of engaging students in the statistics classroom. Also a November 2008 webinar on this topic tailored to K-12 teachers is available at the ASA webinar site.Watch Webinar Recording (FLASH)
  • Students' Ambiguity Tolerance as a Success Factor in Learning to Reason Statistically

    Rob Carver, Stonehill College
    Tuesday, June 12, 2007 - 2:00pm ET
    We've probably all observed that some of our students become positively irritated with the uncertainty that remains after solving a problem of statistical inference. This webinar reports on a continuing empirical investigation of the relationship between Ambiguity Tolerance (AT) and students' facility in developing the skills of inferential reasoning. This research uses some validated measures of AT and of statistical thinking to focus on ambiguity tolerance as an explanatory or moderating factor in learning to apply the techniques of inference.Watch Webinar Recording (FLASH)
  • Everything you wanted to know about JSE but were afraid to ask

    Bill Notz, The Ohio State University
    Tuesday, May 8, 2007 - 2:00pm ET
    Bill Notz, the Editor of the Journal of Statistics Education (JSE), will discuss all aspects of the journal. He will outline the mission and history of the journal, describe the various departments of the journal, explain what you can find at the journal's web site, indicate the types of manuscripts the journal seeks to publish, and mention possible future directions. He will be happy to answer any questions participants may have. These could range for suggestions about how to write articles, review times, resources, or even how one could become involved with the journal.Watch Webinar Recording (FLASH)
  • Development and Implementation of a Virtual Advanced Teaching Rotation: A Case Study in Web-Based Instruction

    Maria C. Pruchnicki, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy
    Tuesday, April 10, 2007 - 2:00pm ET
    Distance education and online learning opportunities, collectively known as "e-learning", are becoming increasingly used in higher education. Nationally, online enrollment increased to 3.2 million students in 2005, compared to 2.3 million in 2004.[1] Furthermore, nearly 60% of higher education institutions identify e-learning as part of their long-term education strategy.[1] Newer educational technologies including course management systems and Internet-based conferencing software can be used to both deliver content and engage participants as part of a social learning community. However, even experienced faculty can face pedagogical and operational challenges as they transition to the online environment. This interactive presentation will discuss a systematic approach to developing web-based instruction, with our experience as a case example. [1] The Sloan Consortium. Making the grade: online education in the United States, 2006. Needham, MA: Sloan-C; 2006. Available from: www.sloan-c.org/publications/survey/survey06.asp. [Accessed 3/15/07]Watch Webinar Recording (FLASH)
  • Conducting Classroom Research in Statistics Education: Issues, Challenges and Examples

    Andrew Zieffler, University of Minnesota
    Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 4:00pm ET
    The interdisciplinary field of inquiry that is statistics education research spans a diverse set of disciplines and methodologies. A recent review of a subset of this literature, the research on teaching and learning statistics at the college level, was used to raise some practical issues and pose some challenges to the field of statistics education. These will be addressed in the CAUSE webinar. In addition, a recent doctoral dissertation study will be used to illustrate some of these challenges and offer suggestion for how to deal with them.Watch Webinar Recording (FLASH)