ERIC Number: ED035294
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Reference Count: 0
Computer-Assisted Instruction in Statistics. Technical Report.
Cooley, William W.
A paper given at a conference on statistical computation discussed teaching statistics with computers. It concluded that computer-assisted instruction is most appropriately employed in the numerical demonstration of statistical concepts, and for statistical laboratory instruction. The student thus learns simultaneously about the use of computers and those concepts which are best demonstrated through the use of computers--for example, multivariate analysis. In an introductory course on statistical inference, computers are used for weekly laboratory exercises, generating random numbers, empirical theoretical distributions, Monte Carlo studies, means, and the like. However, direct use of the computer in instruction--namely directions and questions included on-line--is at this time too expensive. As cost of computer time decreases it should become more feasible. Future planning centers around more flexible student terminals, and the development of a battery of computer-administered tests to further individual instruction. (BB)
Descriptors: Computational Linguistics, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Science, Computer Science Education, Computers, Educational Media, Instruction, Instructional Innovation, Laboratories, Monte Carlo Methods, Programing, Statistics, Teaching Machines, Technical Education, Time Sharing
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Naval Research, Washington, DC. Psychological Sciences Div.; Office of Naval Research, Washington, DC. Personnel and Training Branch.
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. Learning Research and Development Center.
Identifiers: PLANIT Programing Language; University of Pittsburgh PA
Note: Paper presented at Conference on Statistical Computation, University of Wisconsin (Madison, April 30, 1969)