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USCOTS Features Blend of Workshop Opportunities

1 March 2013 185 views No Comment

The United States Conference on Teaching Statistics (USCOTS) will be held May 16–18 at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. USCOTS ’13 begins on Thursday evening with a reception and opening session featuring a series of five-minute presentations on the conference theme, “Making Change Happen.”

This conference is designed to model good teaching in its sessions, social activities, and hallways. As with previous USCOTS, it will consist of plenary sessions, hands-on breakout sessions, and “poster and beyond” sessions for participants to share and demonstrate their own teaching and learning innovations. The conference banquet, hosted by SAS on their nearby campus, will feature statistical “edutainment.” This is a fun, interactive conference at which you will have the opportunity to meet other statistics teachers from a wide range of institutions.

In keeping with the conference theme, an extensive list of pre-conference workshops, as well as a post-conference grant-writing workshop, will allow statistics educators to delve deeper into ideas for making change happen. There is no registration fee to attend any of the workshops, which vary in length between a half day and three days. Workshop times have been scheduled to allow participants to attend up to three, one from each category. Advance registration is required.

1–3-Day Workshops

  • Teaching with R by Danny Kaplan of Macalester College, Nick Horton of Smith College, and Randy Pruim of Calvin College
  • Identifying and Addressing Difficult Concepts for Students in the Introductory Statistics Course by Deborah Rumsey of The Ohio State University and Marjorie Bond of Monmouth College
  • Interactive Probability Instruction by Dennis Pearl of The Ohio State University, Kyle Siegrist of the University of Alabama, and Ivo Dinov of the University of California at Los Angeles
  • Teaching the Statistical Investigation Process with Randomization-Based Inference by Nathan Tintle of Dordt College; Beth Chance, Allan Rossman, and Soma Roy of Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo; Todd Swanson and Jill VanderStoep of Hope College; and George Cobb of Mount Holyoke College
  • Implementing Discovery Projects in Elementary Statistics by Dianna Spence of North Georgia College and State University
  • Playing Games with a Purpose: A New Approach to Teaching and Learning Statistics by Shonda Kuiper of Grinnell College and Rod Sturdivant of West Point Military Academy

Mini-Workshops

  • How to Implement a Randomization-Based Introductory Statistics Course: The CATALST Curriculum by Bob delMas of the University of Minnesota
  • Innovation in Online Instruction in Statistics: Engaging and Challenging e-Learners by Michelle Everson of the University of Minnesota
  • Teaching Statistical Concepts Using Dynamic Visualization and Bootstrapping in JMP by Mia Stephens of SAS Institute, JMP Division

Post-USCOTS Grant-Writing Mini-Workshop

  • Grant Writing by Lee Zia, Program Director for the NSDL, STEP, and TUES programs at the National Science Foundation

Workshop abstracts and details on availability of support for lodging can be found on the CAUSE website. Details about the conference can also be found on the website.

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