Project Title

StatPREP Workshop & Hub

Date Awarded

Winter 12-5-2016

Department/School

Mathematics and Physics

Project Description

Monica Brown, MS, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, was awarded $62,400 from the National Science Foundation for Professional Development Emphasizing Data‐Centered Resources and Pedagogies for Instructors of Undergraduate Introductory Statistics (StatPREP). The project responds to the IUSE call for projects that “improve the preparation of undergraduate students so they can succeed as productive members of the future STEM workforce, regardless of career path, and be engaged as members of a STEM-literate society” by fostering the widespread use of data-centered resources and pedagogies in introductory statistics courses via an extended professional development program designed to equip faculty to innovate statistics education. StatPREP’s goals are as follows: to increase faculty capacity to enact curricular change by incorporating statistical analysis software and computing technology, complex data, open-ended investigations, and analytical thinking into their existing courses; and to initiate community transformation focused on modernizing undergraduate statistics education. StatPREP’s objectives are to offer an extended professional development program for mathematics faculty who teach introductory statistics, establish regional communities of practice to support faculty who teach introductory statistics, and develop a national online support network comprising of faculty who teach introductory statistics and statistics education experts.

StatPREP aims to accomplish these goals by growing a self-sustaining network of practitioners committed to a modern approach to statistics instruction. In doing so, it will improve preparation of undergraduate students in a wide spectrum of fields so that they can make well-informed decisions and thrive in an increasingly data-centric world.

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