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

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Practicing Statistics

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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.

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


textbook   Practicing Statistics

This textbook is designed for use in a one- or two-semester course in statistics that presents a broad collection of statistical methods currently used in the natural and social sciences. An individual chapter can be used as a final project in an introductory statistics course or the chapters can be combined to form a second statistics course. A selected subset of these chapters can also serve as supplementary materials in your existing courses on topics such as regression analysis, methods for categorical data, or the design of experiments. A complete description of materials can be found here.



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