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Rooms 9014 & 9016 U of T 700 University Avenue, Toronto, ON M5G 1X6
  • April 8, 2024 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Join us at the Statistical Sciences Applied Research and Education Seminar (ARES) with

Maria Tackett
Assistant Professor of the Practice
Department of Statistical Science
Duke University

Free Hybrid (In-person/Online) Event | Registration Required

Talk Title
More than Methods: Preparing students for data-driven work outside the classroom

As data have become more prevalent in many fields, it is imperative that undergraduate students are equipped with the skills necessary for data-driven work in this modern environment. There has been significant innovation in introductory statistics and data science courses; however, there has not been as much focus on innovating subsequent courses. In this talk I will share innovations to an undergraduate regression analysis course, the second statistics course taken by many students from a variety of disciplines. I will discuss three principles that have guided the modernization of the course, along with how these principles align with the necessary skills of practice outlined in recent statistics and data science curriculum guidelines. I will present pedagogical strategies and examples from in-class activities and assignments. The talk will conclude with a discussion about lessons learned and next steps for the course. Though the talk focuses on the undergraduate regression course, the principles and pedagogical strategies are applicable for courses throughout the undergraduate curriculum.

Speaker Profile
Maria Tackett is an Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Department of Statistical Science at Duke University. Her work focuses on examining factors that impact students’ sense of belonging in introductory math and statistics courses, along with identifying pedagogies that foster community and supportive learning environments. She also works on efforts to broaden participation in undergraduate research and provide more opportunities for students early in the statistics curriculum. Maria has worked with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Charles A. Dana Center to develop innovative curricula and instructional materials for high school and undergraduate statistics and data science courses. She is also a member of the steering committee for the current GAISE College Report revision.