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Technology Enhanced Teaching: Animated Visual Demonstration of Statistical Concepts and Analysis

Mandy Li

Assistant Professor, Educational Research, Lynch School of Education

One of the most widely supported calls for the 21st century is to know statistics. In 2009, New York Times published an article “For Today’s Graduate, Just One Word: Statistics”. This article quotes “I keep saying that the sexy job in the next 10 years will be statisticians.” said Hal Varian, chief economist at Google. Another persuasive article titled “In D.C, Statisticians Flex Their Strength in Numbers” also appeared in Washington Post. As a professor teaching several statistics courses, I would like to contribute to make statistical learning more fun and easy through animated visual display of steps and procedures. To that end the proposed work here has three major goals:

  1. Develop animated visual display on statistical concepts and analysis such as least square estimation, confidence interval of parameter estimates, principal component analysis, and K-means clustering analysis.
  2. Develop links and webpages to make the visual display, instructional materials that can be utilized at (STAT I ERME7468, STAT II ERME7469, GLM ERME7667, Multivariate STAT ERME7668) to review and teach related topics.
  3. Gather data that will be utilized in applying for a larger National Science Foundation or Institute of Education Sciences.