Second United States Conference on Teaching Statistics (USCOTS) Was a Big Success!

Deb Rumsey, The Ohio State University

Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
Volume 12, Number 2 (Fall 2007)

The second USCOTS took place on May 19-21, 2007, at The Ohio State University, hosted by CAUSE (The Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education). The theme of the conference was "Taking Statistics Teaching to the Next Level." The conference was attended by over 400 -- this was 100 more than USCOTS 2005! Teachers from all departments and institutions came to learn and to exchange ideas about teaching statistics at the undergraduate level.

Our plenary speakers were Allan Rossman, Jessica Utts, Mike Shaunessey, Paul Velleman, and Dick Deveaux. A special presentation was also given by Joan Garfield. USCOTS 2007 included 30 breakout sessions, each one engaging teachers in taking their statistics teaching to the next level. Two sessions called Idea Exchange Forums were also held, featuring 'posters and beyond' contributions by participants.

Joan Garfield was presented with the 2007 USCOTS Lifetime Achievement Award for Statistics Education for her significant, enduring, and continued contributions to the area of Statistics Education.

The CAUSEweb Resource of the Year award was presented to Christopher Bilder, who developed STAR Library (Statistics Teaching and Resource Library). STAR Library was a collection of freely available, customizable, and easy to use resources for teachers and students of introductory statistics. It served as a model for CAUSEweb, and its materials are now a part of CAUSEweb. The award was presented by Roger Woodard, Editor of CAUSEweb.

Unique to USCOTS 2007 was the addition of cluster groups, whose members shared a common interest within statistics education. Clusters included a research cluster, introductory statistics clusters ('get resources' and 'use resources'), an AP Stat cluster, and a graduate student cluster. Clusters met at various times throughout the conference and are currently working on materials to be included on CAUSEweb in 2009.

Photos, handouts, and other information about USCOTS 2007 are posted on the website

USCOTS Program committee: Deb Rumsey (Chair), Dennis Pearl (CAUSE Director), Joan Garfield (Research Program), Jackie Miller (Idea Exchange Forum Chair), Larry Lesser and Doug Andrews (Idea Exchange Forum Team), Jean Scott (CAUSE Program Coordinator), Kythrie Silva (Technology Coordinator)

USCOTS was funded in part by contributions from the Department of Statistics, OSU, the College of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, OSU, the American Statistical Association, and an NSF grant.

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