See. Repeat. Understand? Lessons In Teaching Statistical Computing

With Dr. Victoria Woodard, University of Notre Dame
Friday, March 19, 2021
3 p.m.

Virtual Event Via Zoom
Contact Dr. Quinn Morris, for access to the event.

Dr. Victoria Woodard from the University of Notre Dame will be a guest speaker for the Department of Mathematical Sciences colloquium speaker series. Woodard will speak about the difficulties in learning statistics, and how the standards of evaluating students are imprecise.

As the demand for skilled data scientists has grown, university level statistics and data science courses have become more rigorous in training students to understand and utilize the tools that their future careers will likely require. However, the mechanisms to assess students’ use of these tools while they are learning to use them are not well defined. As such, a framework to assess statistical computing actions was created. Using task-based interviews of students who completed a second course in statistics, the framework was used to determine the ways in which students utilize statistical computing tools, specifically R, while going through problem solving phases. In this talk, Woodard will discuss the development of the framework and patterns that emerged in the task-based interviews.

This event is hosted through Zoom, and is a part of the Department of Mathematical Sciences Spring 2021 Colloquia. For more information visit


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See. Repeat. Understand? Lessons In Teaching Statistical Computing With Dr. Victoria Woodard
Published: Mar 16, 2021 11:24am