This summer has been a busy one for the HiRise team.
Another semester of the Teaching Statistics through Data Investigations (TSDI) is complete! The Spring 2017 semester of TSDI marked the fifth semester of this MOOC being offered. We’re very excited about how many people have participated so far and hope that it is making a big impact on the field of statistics education.
A second MOOC titled Teaching Statistics through Inferential Reasoning (TSIR) is complete and ready to launch for the Fall 2017 semester. The Teaching Statistics Through Inferential Reasoning MOOC-Ed is applicable to anyone interested in strengthening their approaches to teaching statistics through data investigations. The statistical content and strategies are appropriate for implementation with middle school through early college learners. Thus, teachers of statistics in grades 6–12 and in post-secondary contexts are the primary audience. This course may also be of interest to elementary teachers, teacher educators, and teachers of other disciplines that use data-based explorations extensively to make claims and inferences (e.g., science, social science).
Over the course of the summer the HiRise team has recruited two more graduate students to join the team!
Heather Barker is a first year doctoral student in the STEM education program with a focus in mathematics and statistics education. She has taught for ten years in secondary and post secondary institutions in North Carolina, with a focus on quantitative literacy and statistics.
Taylor Harrison is a second year doctoral student in the STEM education program. Prior to starting the program, he taught undergraduate mathematics and statistics for three years. His research interests include statistics education and the use of technology in the mathematics classroom.
In August we were also able to coordinate with Centennial Campus Middle School to collect more data of our team working with middle school students on exploratory data analysis. During this time the middle school students were able to use the Common Online Data Analysis Platform (CODAP) to really engage in statistics in context. We hope to use the footage that we created working with these middle school students to create videos that can be used for the professional development of in-service and pre-service teachers who teach statistics in their curriculum.
We’re looking forward to all that we will accomplish in the upcoming year!