Stat consulting: a data science playground

This past semester I taught our STAT 370 (statistical consulting and communication) for the first time. This course gave student experience consulting for real clients from the university and community and focused on communicating with a client as well as report and presentation preparation best practices.

Modeling the Vitruvian Man

This post describes an activity I developed for Stat 310: Intermediate Statistics. This course is the second course on statistics at Winona State. I like to think of it as our “introduction to modeling” course, and this activity does just that: introduces students to the idea of a statistical model, including model assessment and fitting.

Public data resources with social justice applications

Yesterday, several students and I traveled to St. Olaf to illustrate several uses of interesting, publicly-available data that can be used to investigate “social justice” issues. I’ve long been meaning to compile all the data sources and some example projects I’ve developed over the years, and this talk provided just the right motivation.

Data set gold mine

Quick one here. As a statistics educator I am always on the lookout for interesting, real, digestable data that illustrate important statistical concepts. That’s a tall order! One site that I visit again and again is this excellent repository hosted at University of Florida.

Notes from Liberal Arts Data Science Workshop

When temperatures hit 0°F in Minnesota, what better remedy than to head to Florida and talk data science curriculum! The 2-day workshop was held at the New College of Florida in Sarasota, FL.

What students have to say about group homework

The past two semesters of teaching our lower-level introductory statistics course here at WSU, I’ve incorporated in-class group homework. I could go on at length about why *I* think group homework is beneficial, but that’s not the point of this post.