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Activity Number: 189 - Contributed Poster Presentations: Section on Statistical Education
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Monday, July 29, 2019 : 10:30 AM to 12:20 PM
Sponsor: Section on Statistics and Data Science Education
Abstract #302999
Author(s): Dennis Pearl* and Lawrence M Lesser and John Weber
Companies: Penn State University and The University of Texas at El Paso and Perimeter College at Georgia State University
Keywords: Song; Education; Teaching; Web App; Arts Integration

The use of song in higher education spans many disciplines across the sciences (e.g. and has many putative benefits, including reduced stress or anxiety, improved recall, and increased motivation or engagement. Suggested by prior findings, we have developed a new web-based resource for teaching with song where students interact with online prompts to make conceptual connections and provide examples that become part of a song highlighting their contributions. Twenty-seven songs covering many introductory statistics topics were developed along with associated prompts and assessment items to test their efficacy for learning. Students self-reported the tool was helpful in reducing anxiety, increasing engagement with the material, being relevant to their learning, and having a user-friendly interface. Analysis of keystroke data versus post-song assessments suggests the method to be effective for short-term learning. Summary results will be reported from randomized controlled experiments testing the effectiveness of 16 interactive songs conducted in 32 sections during the 2017-18 school year. Our song library and an overview video is at

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