Contributed paper list

   (Monday 14th, 16:15-17:45)   In session C4C

Teaching innovations in introductory statistics courses


Ramon Gomez (United States)


The emphasis while teaching introductory statistics courses at university level has shifted lately from computations to a deeper discussion of statistical concepts and their association with real life problems. In this regard, the use of technology resources has been generally identified as a facilitator of students’ understanding. This paper describes an innovative approach to teach introductory Statistics courses, implemented by the present author at Florida International University. This approach consists of an interactive method involving the daily use of PowerPoint presentations for lectures and the SPSS software for computations of real life data. Passing and retention rates with this method showed significantly better results compared to a more traditional approach based on a teacher-centered style and low level use of technology.