Dean Langan (Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health)

10 minute talk

Students find it easier to engage when presented with examples from a familiar subject area. However, when teaching students of varying professional backgrounds, finding relatable examples can be especially challenging. Data generation exercises offer a solution for training in statistics as all students are involved in the process from data collection through to the choice and use of appropriate analyses. One such exercise that forms an integral part of an introductory statistics course is based on beermat (coaster) flipping, a popular UK pub game. We have recently moved the data collection process online so that students can enter data via their smartphones and developed a web application. This application allows students to explore the results interactively and independently and is a welcome addition to online and classroom interactivity. We present details of this exercise, focusing on use of the web application, example outputs, and student feedback.

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