Electronic Proceedings of the Eighteenth Annual International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics

Orlando, Florida, March 16-19, 2006

Paper C012

Interactive Labs for Introductory Statistics Courses

A. Bathi Kasturiarachi

Department of Mathematics
Kent State University
Stark Campus
6000 Frank Ave NW
Canton, OH 44720-7599
Phone: (330) 244-5172
Fax: (330) 244-3345

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We introduce a new set of interactive learning labs for introductory statistics courses. The targeted courses are taught in a classroom equipped with laptop computers to accommodate a mathematics laboratory environment. Specific lab modules are centered on major themes or concepts, amplified by current readings, and enhanced by the computer software systems MS Excel, SPSS, and Fathom. Experiential learning has been at the heart of the design since students will be experimenting statistical ideas using computers during lab sessions. They will be expected to work in small groups so that the learning centered clusters will exchange ideas in the spirit of cooperative learning. We will discuss and elaborate on the rationale underlying the development of the labs.

Keyword(s): statistics, computer labs, spreadsheets, teacher training