Inquiry Based Statistics Workshop

In 2011 and 2012 a workshop was held at Wesleyan University on Project-Based Statistics Education. Supported by grant #0942246 from the National Science Foundation, Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (TUES), these workshops convened statistics educators from more than 75 universities. Morning presentations were followed by afternoon break out sessions enabling in-depth discussion.

Select presentations from this workshop are available on-line:


George W. Cobb, Robert L. Rooke Professor of Statistics emeritus, Mount Holyoke College. Reflections on 50 years of Statistics Education Reform. Click Here

Lisa L. Harlow, Professor of Psychology; Research Methods Focus Area Director, University of Rhode Island. Inciting Interest, Participation and Diversity in Quantitative Science. Click Here

Jennifer S. Rose, Research Associate Professor, Quantitative Analysis Center, Wesleyan University. Linking Academic and Community Institutions in the Pursuit of Evidence-Based Decision Making. Click Here

In 2011, workshop participants were also asked to present mini-lectures on a statistical topic of their choosing. The resulting clips have been made available as additional resources.

Click here for a complete listing.

Click here to view the Evaluation of the 2012 Project-Based Introductory Statistics Curriculum Summer Workshop

Other Recent Presentations

Dierker, L. Contributor to Look Who's Talking: Lecturing and its potentially damaging effects in the statistics classroom, Section on Statistical Eduction at the Joint Statistical Meeting, July 30, 2012.

Dierker, L.  Invited speaker for the Applied Statistics Symposium, Innovations/developments in the statistics classroom, International Chinese Statistical Association Meeting, Boston, MA, June 23-26, 2012.

Dierker, L. Moving from the Sage on the Stage to the Guide on the Side for Statistics Education. Presented as part of a workshop on Making Statistics More Effective in Schools of Business, Decision Sciences Institute, Boston, MA, Nov 19-22, 2011

Dierker, L. An Inquiry-based Introductory Statistics Curriculum. Invited speaker, New England Isolated Statisticians Meeting (NEISM16), Emmanuel College, Boston, MA, November 5, 2011
Dierker, L. Using the Open Learning Initiative, Opportunities and Challenges in the Classroom, Panelist at Conference on Applying Blended Learning in a Liberal Arts College, Bryn Mawr College, June 28, 2011.
Dierker, L. Strength in Numbers: A multidisciplinary, inquiry-based approach to introductory statistics education. Eastern Kentucky University, Department of Mathematics. Richmond, Kentucky, April 21, 2011.



Dierker, L. Kaparakis, E., Rose, J., Selya, A. and Beveridge, D. (2012) Strength in Numbers: A multidisciplinary, project-based approach to introductory statistics education. Journal of Effective Teaching. 12(2), 4-14.