Concurrent V
3:30 - 4:00

EZAnalyze, a free alternative to SPSS for teaching basic statistical concepts

Tim Poynton


EZAnalyze is a Microsoft Excel Add-In (freely available at www.ezanalyze.com) that adds a point-and-click user interface which greatly simplifies the use of Excel for many data analysis functions that are taught in undergraduate and graduate introductory statistics courses. Functions include descriptive statistics (e.g., mean, median, mode), disaggregation (like SPSS Explore), graphing (e.g., histograms, descriptive statistics), and basic inferential statistics (e.g., t-tests, correlation, one-way and repeated measures ANOVA). This presentation will provide an overview of EZAnalyze and facilitate discussion among participants of how it can and cannot supplement SPSS. The presenter is the developer and distributor of EZAnalyze.

 

Muddiest Points and the Cool Tool – CourseCast

Mawdudur Rahman


Today’s learning is mediated through three T’s and one S. Three T’s are Teachers, Technology and Teaching, and S is the student. The learning process is a dynamic partnership built on interconnections and interactions three T’s and one S. Today’s students are technology empowered. They want to navigate through the challenges and complexities of a course through their everyday technology interface. Here is an example.

Most of us as professors most of the time run out of time and cannot finish everything we wanted to tell the student in a class session. There are students who do not get everything we discuss in the class. Many of their questions remain unanswered. Some of them are slow, some give less attention, some needs more, etc. After a series of discussions with the in-house experts I experimented with the CourseCast tools to address students’ muddiest points. The feedback from all students was very positive. This session is structured as follows: the problem, the process of searching a solution, selection of the tool, quick training, Implementation, and feedback and the impact on student learning.

The Demise of the Textbook and the Rise of ... Something Else

Doris Lewis


Weighty, static, expensive textbooks have become an unsustainable burden on the student and the teacher. What will replace them? Other commercial platforms are being advanced, and some of these will no doubt serve as replacements for the bound sheets of cellulose that have been synonymous with education. It is also possible that the democratization of information we see taking place in society will become an alternate model in academia, with individualized courses designed by the teacher, even in the highly structured learning environment of science education. This is a report on one teacher’s attempts to explore textbook writing in the watershed year of 2012.