Real-Life Module Statistics: A Happy Harvard Experiment
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CitationLock, Kari and Xiao-Li Meng. 2010. Real-life module statistics: A happy Harvard experiment. In Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Teaching Statistics (ICOTS8), Ljubljana, Slovenia, July 11-18, 2010, ed. C. Reading: Topic 4D1. The Netherlands: International Statistical Institute.
AbstractFive years ago, a discussion ensued over wine about how to make learning statistics a “happy” experience. This turned into many discussions over dinners and wine, and the formation of the “happy team”: a team of faculty and grad students dedicated to creating the course “Real-Life Statistics: Your Chance for Happiness (or Misery)”. The course is module based, featuring modules such as “Romance”, “Wine and Chocolate”, “Finance”, “Medical”, and more. We’ve taught this course at Harvard three times; twice as a second level course and once with no prerequisites. Here we discuss the team approach to creating a course, the module approach to teaching statistics, and the happiness (and misery) involved both for us and our students.
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