Guided Interdisciplinary Labs and Projects for a First or Second Statistics Course

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If you want to build a ship, don’t herd people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea. 
        – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

This site provides project-based materials that emphasize real-world applications and conceptual understanding. The materials are designed to ease the workload of faculty while still incorporating research-like experiences into their own classes. These materials can be:

  • used as a class project to synthesize key elements learned throughout a course,
  • combined to form a second statistics course,
  • form the basis of an individual research project, or
  • used to help students and researchers in other disciplines better understand how statisticians approach data analysis.

These labs bridge the gap between short, focused homework problems and the open-ended nature of a real-world problem. Textbooks typically offer many small data sets chosen to illustrate a variety of issues and techniques that a student should know. Although small data sets can offer the advantage of sharp focus on particular issues, their narrow focus carries disadvantages as well. Students can often have difficulty adjusting from traditional homework to a real-world problem that requires properly collecting data, cleaning data, appropriate model building, assessment, and effectively communicating their results.

textbook   Practicing Statistics

This textbook is designed to help students discover the power, diversity, and broad applicability of statistics. Students will learn a variety of data analysis techniques, such as multiple regression, simulation studies, and survival analysis, with an emphasis on showing how these methods have revolutionized the use of statistics in fields such as engineering, environmental studies, economics, and medicine. Within each unit, guided activities assist students in working through the entire process of a real-world case study. The course uses an inquiry-based approach that teaches advanced statistical techniques through group work and hands-on exploration of current research questions. By researching the literature, planning and carrying out experiments, and presenting their results, students in this course will experience data analysis as it is actually practiced.

A complete description of materials can be found here.

gamespic   Sample Lab Activities

Web-based games that follow the GAISE guidelines and bridge the gap between short, focused homework problems and the open-ended nature of a research project.

Sample Lab Activities




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last updated: 10/21/15

Stat2labs was developed with partial support provided by the Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science (TUES).program at the National Science Foundation under DUE 0510392 and DUE #1043814


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