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Activity Number: 671
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Thursday, August 4, 2011 : 10:30 AM to 12:20 PM
Sponsor: Section on Statistical Education
Abstract - #303211
Title: Has the Internet Changed Everything in Statistics Education?
Author(s): John McKenzie*+
Companies: Babson College
Address: 231 Forest Street, Babson Park, MA, 02457-0310,
Keywords: applets ; discussion lists ; freeware ; on-line education ; plagiarism ; search engines

In a 1995 Business Week article J. Neil Weintraut stated that "The Internet changes everything". How much has it transformed statistics education since it was commercialized in the early 1990s? This paper will attempt to answer this question by examining changes in the teaching of statistics due to this global system of interconnected computer networks. Among the positive changes that will be addressed are readily available information via search engines, innovative learning tools such as applets, communication via discussion lists, freeware such as R, and on-line education. Among the negative changes are plagiarism and easily accessible classroom distractions.

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