Innovative Teaching at Penn State (ITAP) Brown Bag Lunch Series: Modernizing Introductory Statistics and Biostatistics: Changes and Results
Presented by Kari Lock Morgan, Assistant Professor, Statistics
Thursday, 4/11/2019, 12:05 - 1:20 p.m.
Mann Assembly Room, Paterno Library and via Zoom

Improvements to STAT 200 (Elementary Statistics) and STAT 250 (Introduction to Biostatistics) have led to dramatically improved scores on a national assessment of conceptual understanding (increases of 11 and 19 percentage points, respectively), impacting over 6,000 students a year. This talk will discuss some of the changes, results, and lessons learned. Changes include a new, simulation-based approach to statistical inference that more directly connects with the underlying concepts, new material on data visualization that exposes students to multivariable thinking, and, for STAT 250, the “question of the day” format that engages students by using statistics to address real scientific questions (some of which come from labs here at Penn State!

Box lunches will be provided for registered attendees.

For those unable to attend in person, the talk will be available via Zoom at: