Statistics in Education for Mere Mortals
Oct 7, 2013 to Nov 11, 2013
Cost per enrollment: Free
- Provides video lectures
- Provides opportunities to interact with the instructor or students
- Uses discussion forums
- Intended for educators or professionals
Full course description
This short course will provide a hands-on introduction to statistics used in educational research and evaluation. Participants will learn statistical concepts, principles, and procedures by building Excel spreadsheets from scratch in a guided learning approach using short video-based tutorials. Examples of specific skills to be learned include scales of measurement, measures of central tendency, measures of variability, and the computation of the following: mean, mode, and median, standard deviation, z (standard) scores, Pearson product-moment correlation coefficient (r), correlated-samples t test (i.e. dependent t test), independent-samples t test (i.e. independent t test), and a one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA).
The course is designed primarily for two audiences: 1) educational professionals who would like to be more informed about how to compute basic statistics and how to use them intelligently in their work; and 2) first-year doctoral students who want a short and friendly introduction (or brush up) to basic statistics before taking full graduate-level statistics courses. However, this course would be useful to anyone who wants a good, short, hands-on, friendly introduction to the most fundamental ideas of statistics in education.
Professor of Learning, Design, and Technology
Lloyd Rieber is a Professor in the Department of Career and Information Studies at the University of Georgia. He is also the Director of Innovation in Teaching and Technology for UGA's College of Education. His research focuses on using dynamic visualizations in the design of interactive learning environments, particularly microworlds, simulations, and games. He has over 50 international and national publications, including two books in the area of computer graphics and interactive multimedia. He is interested in visualization, accessibility, and constructivistic orientations to instructional design. He has designed and programmed numerous Web-based and mobile digital learning environments using tools such as ASP, PHP, and LiveCode. He has received two outstanding practice awards for his work designing and programming online learning environments from the Division of Design & Development of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT). He is now applying this research to support online learning environments and to help students with cognitive disabilities using principles of accessibility and Universal Design. Most recently, he is serving as co-principal investigator on a large federal grant funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), called iSkills, that blends video and mobile technologies to help high school students with intellectual disabilities transition into independent living in the community. He has two iOS native apps in Apple’s App Store.
Note: This course is not affiliated with the University of Georgia.