AACC's Annual Convention offers professional development as well as the opportunity to network, share, and learn from professionals in the fields of education, business and industry, and the government sector.
With a mandate from the American Statistical Association, the Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education (CAUSE) has a simple, yet daunting, mission: "to support and advance undergraduate statistics education." They do so through an ambitious mix of professional development initiatives, coupled with sustained outreach efforts and research. Most educators and students will want to start by visiting the "Resources" area, which is divided into sections that bring together datasets, analysis tools, lecture examples, and for a moment of inferential humor, a number of cartoons, jokes, and songs, all informed by the world of statistics. The "Teaching Methods" area is well worth a look, as it brings together 35 resources such as a set of tips of teaching statistics to large classes and how to discuss causality in introductory statistics courses.
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The MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) mogul, edX, takes popular courses from some of the best universities in the world and adapts them for home computer use. Readers can simply audit courses for free, or they can pay $90 for a Verified Certificate. In that vein, CS50: Introduction to Computer Science is a high-energy Harvard course that includes nine long problem sets and a final project. The free enrollment process is exceptionally simple. Readers may use their existing Facebook or Google accounts, or follow a one-step sign up process. From there, students can explore the course, sign up for optional social media and chat accounts to communicate with other students and instructors and begin watching lectures, completing and turning in problem sets, and receiving grades and feedback on your burgeoning computer science skills.
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