Introductory Statistics

Title Introductory Statistics
Faculty/College/Unit Science
Status Active
Duration 2 Year
Initiation 04/01/2015
Funding Details
Year 1: Project Year Year 1
Year 1: Funding Year 2015/2016
Year 1: Project Type Large TLEF
Year 1: Principal Investigator Nancy Heckman
Year 1: Funded Amount 140,459
Year 1: Team Members

Science:
Eugenia Yu, Instructor, Statistics
Bruce Dunham, Senior Instructor, Statistics
Mike Whitlock, Professor, Biology
Doug Bonn, Professor, Physics & Astronomy
Joss Ives, Instructor, Physics & Astronomy

Medicine:
Mike Marin, Instructor, SPPH

Arts:
Leslie Burkholder, Senior Instructor, Philosophy
Diana Whistler, Research Associate / Sessional Lecturer, Economics
Fred Cutler, Associate Professor, Political Science
Andrew Owen, Assistant Professor, Political Science

Year 1: Summary

Introductory statistics is taught in departments across UBC. Typically, instructional resources and expertise are not shared across units resulting in duplication of efforts or underuse of valuable material. This project brings together instructors from Science, Arts, and the School of Population & Public Health to develop, adapt, and use instructional resources that address conceptually challenging topics in introductory statistics. The resources will be open, adaptable, consistent in look and feel, and grounded in existing research on learning and statistics. This project will also develop, test and document a model for cross-faculty partnership to support introductory statistics instruction. Finally, it will increase UBC’s faculty-level capacity for identifying, evaluating, adapting and/or developing future statistics learning resources.

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Year 2: Project Year Year 2
Year 2: Funding Year 2016/2017
Year 2: Project Type Large TLEF
Year 2: Principal Investigator Nancy Heckman
Year 2: Funded Amount 106,694
Year 2: Team Members

Science:
Eugenia Yu, Instructor, Statistics
Bruce Dunham, Senior Instructor, Statistics
Mike Whitlock, Professor, Biology
Doug Bonn, Professor, Physics & Astronomy
Joss Ives, Instructor, Physics & Astronomy

Medicine:
Mike Marin, Instructor, SPPH

Arts:
Leslie Burkholder, Senior Instructor, Philosophy
Diana Whistler, Research Associate / Sessional Lecturer, Economics
Fred Cutler, Associate Professor, Political Science
Andrew Owen, Assistant Professor, Political Science

Year 2: Summary

This project brings together instructors from Science, Arts, and the School of Population & Public Health to develop, adapt, and use instructional resources that address conceptually challenging topics in introductory statistics. The resources will be open, adaptable, consistent in look and feel, and grounded in existing research on learning and statistics. Year 1 of the project focused on building our resource development teams and facilitating cross-team partnerships; identifying key conceptual difficulties and instructional challenges associated with the project’s Topic #1: Sampling Distribution of the Mean; beginning the development of instructional resources and plans for beta testing; and systematically building a tool to support the curation and use of the project’s resources. Year 2 expands resource development, implementation and evaluation, while introducing the STATSpace digital content management system. This project is also developing, testing and will document a model for cross-faculty partnership to support introductory statistics instruction.

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