Monday, July 13, 2015

Dread Fall 2015 Semester

It's coming, guys.

But let's get ahead of it. I thought I would re-share some resources that you may want to consider working into your curriculum this year. I picked out a few lessons and ideas that also require a bit of forethought and planning, especially if they become assessment measures for your class.

Center for Open Science workshops:

As previously discussed on this blog, COS offers free consultation (face-to-face or online) to faculty and students in order to teach us about the open framework for science. They provide guidance about more more traditional statistical issues, like power calculations and conducting meta-analysis in addition to lessons tailored to introducing researchers to the COS framework.

Take your students to an athletic event, talk about statistics and sports:

I took my students to a baseball game and worked some statsy magic. You can do it, too. If not a trip to the ballpark, an on-campus or televised athletic event will work just fine.

Statistic/research method discussions:

I have just added a new searchable label to this blog, discussion prompts. Such items are typically news stories that are great for generating conversations about statistic/research related topics. This is a topic to think about prior the beginning of the semester in case you want to integrate one of the prompts into your assessments (discussion boards, small group discussion, discussion days, reflective writing, etc).

Formal, free, online research ethics training:

This post describes two free resources that provide thorough research ethics training (as well as assessment quizzes and training completion certificates, two things that are especially helpful if you want to use these as a class assignment).

First day of class persuasion:

Statistics are everywhere and a part of every career. We know this. Here are some resources for trying to convince your students.