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  • Teaching Statistics in Psychology Martin Le Voi
  • Statistics is hard to understand
    • At least for psychologists…
    • Many psychology departments struggle with explaining it
    • Students struggle
    • Every lecturer has a pet way of teaching
    • Is the problem with “one-size-fits-all”
  • How do you understand the “mean”
    • The central tendency of a group of numbers
    • The expected value of a random variable
    • As an equation:
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  • In pictures? View slide
  • As a simulation?
  • Students learn in different ways
    • Well, they claim some things are easier than others
    • Some text books are easier than others
    • And it never seems unanimous
    • Certainly some concepts can be explained in different ways
  • The Matching Hypothesis
    • If you teach a student in concordance with their learning style, learning will be optimised
    • But what is Learning Style?
    • And how do you teach to it?
  • Dodge the problem!
    • Find and evaluate existing OERs for teaching statistics
    • Classify by teaching approach
    • Invite students to self-assess by sampling quality materials in different approaches
    • Automate the process!
  • Sample:
    • http://psych.hanover.edu/aps/teaching.html#statistics
    • http://it.stlawu.edu/~rlock/tise98/onepage.html
    • http://www.stat.duke.edu/sites/java.html