Thursday, July 17, 2008

July: Technology Tuesday

I have arranged for two Tech Tuesdays this month. The first is with Scott Cooper and Betty Wang. The second is with me:

1) Interactive Instruction Modules in Introductory Statistics

"The purpose of this presentation is to demonstrate the viability of interactive instruction modules to support introductory statistics education and to deliver education materials.

Based in Adobe's Flash technologies, we will demonstrate the ease of using virtual laboratories to highlight statistical concepts. For example, in traditional classes, students are given the binomial, normal, and many more distribution and asked to accept these on face value. However, with interactive modules, the students will be able to build their own sampling distribution and compare the observed sampling distribution with the expected binomial or normal distribution and foster deep learning.

The presentation will include a demonstration of the following modules:

  1. Sampling distribution of Proportions
  2. Binomial and Normal Distributions
  3. Application: interpreting the Vioxx data
  4. Sampling Distribution of Means

Our goal is to package discrete modules with video tutorials and problem sets deliverable on personal computers, CD-ROMs, and on the internet to give students easy access and faculties the ability to monitor student progress."


Scott Cooper is a clinical instructor at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine and a full-time practicing physician at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare in the department of Emergency Medicine. He has given lectures on Risk and Statics to the faculty and residents at both institutions and at the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management's national conference.

Betty Wang is a Flash programmer with a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University. She has been with Educated Health Professionals for the last 3 years.

  • Date: July 29th
  • Time: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Dean's Meeting Room (DPC 7100)

2) Who Watches the Bloggers?

“The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about”. You may not agree with this statement but you might want to know what is being said…. Your students may be using blogs and Twitter to talk about you and the classes you teach. Learn how you can monitor what is being said on websites, blogs and Twitter

  • Date: July 29th
  • Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: DPC 7406

More information and the ability to RSVP can be found on my Technology Tuesday page.


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