Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
Volume 10, Number 2 (Fall 2004)
The Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education (CAUSE) launched its website, http://www.CAUSEweb.org, at JSM in an invited session sponsored by the Section on Statistics Education. CAUSE is a national organization whose mission is to support and advance undergraduate statistics education in four target areas: resources, professional development, outreach, and research.
CAUSEweb.org is funded by a digital library grant from the National Science Foundation. CAUSEweb already features a searchable annotated listing of more than 1500 reference articles in statistics education, more than 300 high quality resources for teaching statistics, more than 30 cartoons for free use by statistics instructors, a calendar of research and professional development events, and a growing collection of refereed items providing the core of the library's holdings. CAUSEweb is also the place to go to find out about the upcoming US Conference on Teaching Statistics being hosted by CAUSE May 19-21, 2005 (see www.causeweb.org/uscots).
The CAUSEweb editorial board reviews items using the criteria of the Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT: www.merlot.org). This involves reviewing strengths and weaknesses in content quality, effectiveness for teaching, and ease of use. Lesson plans, learning objectives, assessment methods, and research evidence of effectiveness will provide crucial supplemental materials when available. The 20-member editorial board includes statistics educators from research universities, four-year colleges, two-year colleges, and high school AP statistics environments.
Since JSM, 15 to 20 people per week have registered log-in names at CAUSEweb.org. Registering allows you to submit items for review and user profiles will soon be used to provide tailor-made content to those who are logged in.