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Activity Number: 148
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Monday, August 7, 2006 : 10:30 AM to 12:20 PM
Sponsor: Section on Statistical Education
Abstract - #305754
Title: Pedagogical Utilization and Assessment of the Statistic Online Computational Resource in Introductory Probability and Statistics Courses
Author(s): Juana Sanchez*+ and Ivo Dinov and Nicolas Christou
Companies: University of California, Los Angeles and University of California, Los Angeles and University of California, Los Angeles
Address: 8125 Math Sciences Building, Los Angeles, CA, 90095-1554,
Keywords: Java applets ; online course material ; education research ; teaching with technology ; probability and statistics

The NSF-funded Statistics Online Computational Resource (SOCR) provides a number of interactive tools for enhancing instruction in various undergraduate and graduate courses in probability and statistics. Quasi-experimental studies to assess the effectiveness of technology in student learning outcomes and other outcomes are rare in Statistics Education. In this paper we present the results of a study with quasi-experimental components that assesses the effectiveness of using SOCR in Introduction to Probability classes and Introduction to Statistics for the Life Sciences. We use three different designs each with a treatment (SOCR enhanced instruction) and a control (traditional instruction) groups. We compare the SOCR and control groups' demographics and learning styles at baseline. And then, at the end of the study, we compared the outcomes of the study.

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