INTERNET RESOURCES FOR TEACHING STATISTICS

E. Jacquelin Dietz, Editor
J. Tim Arnold, Managing Editor
Journal of Statistics Education
North Carolina State University

Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
Volume 1, Number 1 (Winter 1995)


If you are not taking advantage of Internet resources on teaching statistics, you are missing out on an abundance of useful materials and information! In this article, we will acquaint you with the Journal of Statistics Education, the JSE Information Service, and EdStat-L, and show you how easy it is to access these resources.

Journal of Statistics Education

The Journal of Statistics Education (JSE) is a rigorously-refereed electronic journal on postsecondary statistics education. JSE publishes high-quality articles on a variety of topics related to the teaching of statistics: results of controlled experiments on pedagogical methods, case studies and anecdotal reports, review and opinion articles, and discussions of the impact of new technologies and new methods of assessment on statistics education. Articles that make innovative use of the electronic medium are encouraged.

Journal departments include "Teaching Bits: A Resource for Teachers of Statistics," which summarizes pertinent items published elsewhere: Joan Garfield abstracts information from the literature on teaching and learning statistics, and Laurie Snell summarizes articles from the news and other media that provide interesting examples for use in probability and statistics courses. The "Datasets and Stories" department identifies interesting datasets and describes their useful pedagogical features; instructors can download the datasets to their own computers for further analysis or dissemination to students.

Three issues of JSE have already appeared. The table of contents for the first issue can be obtained by sending e-mail to archive@jse.stat.ncsu.edu with the one-line message: send jse/v1n1/contents. To obtain the table of contents for the second and third issues, follow the same instructions but replace v1n1 by v2n1 and v2n2, respectively. Each table of contents includes instructions for requesting journal articles, for obtaining a free subscription to JSE, and for requesting the JSE Guidelines for Authors.

Articles from JSE can also be accessed via gopher at the address jse.stat.ncsu.edu. To access from World Wide Webthe url is http://www2.ncsu.edu/ncsu/pams/stat/info/jse/homepage.html.

Electronic journals enjoy benefits that extend beyond the obvious ones of saving paper and printing costs and shortening the time lag associated with publishing in print journals. The electronic medium offers opportunities that do not exist with paper journals. Authors can include dynamic and/or interactive graphics, sound, or even video clips in an article. Downloadable datasets and software, a parallel discussion list, and the capability to query the entire archived journal are unique features of the electronic medium.

The JSE is supported by the Department of Statistics at North Carolina State University and by a grant from FIPSE, the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education.

The JSE Information Service

The Journal of Statistics Education is a part of the JSE Information Service, a collection of information of interest to practitioners and teachers of statistics. The JSE Information Service includes, in addition to the journal itself, the archives of EdStat-L (see below), as well as archives of the discussion groups SAS-L, SPSSx-L, and Stat-L. All of these forum archives may be easily searched by keyword, providing a topical electronic reference system with years of discussion available. The search capability may be utilized via gopher or WAIS software. Other sections of the service include shareware and free software, datasets useful in the classroom, and information about the International Association for Statistical Education. The software section includes a huge collection of macros, tips, and programs written in the SAS programming language.

The JSE Information Service provides a network link to the CHANCE database, a wealth of materials designed to be helpful in teaching a CHANCE course. CHANCE is an introductory case-study course based upon current chance events as reported in newspapers and current journals.

Another link provides access to StatLib, a repository of software and other information of interest to practitioners and researchers in statistics. Additional information accessible through links within the JSE Information Service includes a collection of weather and oceanic data

(The Data Zoo) from the Economic Bulletin Board, information on graduate programs in statistics, SAS technical information, and even a link to the ERIC Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation.

To obtain information about e-mail access to the Information Service, send e-mail to archive@jse.stat.ncsu.edu with the one-line message: send access methods. Materials can also be accessed via gopher at the address jse.stat.ncsu.edu; later this year they will be available on the World Wide Web.

EdStat-L

EdStat-L is an interactive e-mail forum devoted to discussion of topics related to statistics education. The list began in 1991 and has an active and enthusiastic international following. The topics discussed vary widely; popular subjects include content, software, textbooks, and pedagogy for various statistics courses. The primary focus of the group is college level statistics education, both undergraduate and graduate.

To subscribe to EdStat-L, send e-mail to listserv@jse.stat.ncsu.edu with the one-line message: subscribe edstat-l Firstname Lastname (Replace "Firstname Lastname" with your first and last name!)

Help Is Available!

We want these resources to be readily accessible to teachers of statistics and are happy to answer questions or provide assistance. We would also appreciate suggestions or ideas for making these resources more valuable. Questions or comments concerning the Journal of Statistics Education should be addressed to:

Jackie Dietz
Editor of JSE
dietz@stat.ncsu.edu
Phone: (919) 515-1929.

Questions concerning the JSE Information Service or EdStat-L should be addressed to

Tim Arnold
Managing Editor of JSE
arnold@stat.ncsu.edu.

We can both be reached at

Department of Statistics
Box 8203
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-8203
FAX: (919) 515-7591


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