Learning statistical reasoning in a virtual world

28 June 2011

Join Dr. Michael Bulmer from the University of Queensland as he presents the seminar Life on an Island: a Simulated Population for Learning Statistical Reasoning

Abstract: It is important for students learning statistical reasoning to see data in context. One of the best ways of achieving this is to involve students in data production but in practice students are limited in what they can do. Many want to conduct experiments involving human subjects, requiring ethics approval, while even those not wanting to use humans may have general health and safety issues. We have developed an open-ended virtual environment, the Island, to help overcome these limitations while still engaging students with study design and data collection. In this presentation we will give a tour of this Island, highlighting some of the features and the issues, and sharing our experiences of using the Island in teaching and learning and how it can be used beyond statistics classes.

Dr Michael Bulmer is Senior Lecturer within the School of Mathematics at the University of Queensland. Dr Bulmer's areas of expertise are automated reasoning and symbolic computing. Dr Bulmer was an ALTC Associate Fellow in 2007, and was also the recipient of an Australian Award for University Teaching in 2005.

This seminar is part of a Seminar Series on the Sciences and Technologies of Learning, brought to you by the Centre for Research on Computer Supported Learning and Cognition (CoCo).

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Time: 11.00am to 12.230 pm (Please join us for a cup of tea or coffee at 10:45am)

Location: Rm 230, Lvl 2, A35 Education Building