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Activity Number: 310
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 : 8:30 AM to 10:20 AM
Sponsor: Section on Statistical Education
Abstract - #307714
Title: An Open-Source Textbook for Introductory Statistics
Author(s): David Mark Diez*+ and Christopher D. Barr
Companies: University of California, Los Angeles and Harvard University
Address: , , ,
Keywords: open source ; textbook ; statistics education ; introductory statistics ; R

We consider the context and potential impact of Open Intro, a project to create an open sources statistics book. In addition to making the complete PDF file of the text freely available, the Open Intro project provides access to the source files (in LaTeX) under the Creative Commons license. This allows consumers of the text to become content creators and editors, customizing the book for their particular needs. This talk also presents some of the new pedagogical themes included in the core version of the text hosted at Finally, we consider the impact of this free text in educational programs of developing nations and how it serves as a project model for other educational fields.

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