About “Learn and teach Mathematics and Statistics”
The aim of Statistics Learning Centre is to help people learn and teach maths and stats more effectively and more enjoyablye.
This blog gives ideas to help teachers and learners of Mathematics and Statistics (and Operations Research.) These disciplines can be difficult to teach and understand. The emergence of computer packages have changed the way these subjects can be taught, potentially making them more accessible and hands-on. There are many good blogs about the application of statistics but few about teaching these inherently interesting subjects. This blog aims to fit in that gap, entertaining, inspiring and helping teachers and learners alike.
The philosophy is that of inclusion, rather than protectionism.
Dr Nicola Petty is co-director of Statistics Learning Centre. She taught business statistics and operations research at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand for over twenty years, up until 2012. She was awarded a university teaching award in 2006 and has mentored other faculty, and developed innovative and successful courses to help people who find quantitative subjects difficult.
In 2008, with the help of her son, William, Dr Nic began to create videos for her class, teaching aspects of Excel and statistics. She put them on YouTube for her students to gain easy access. However the audience went much wider. One of the videos, “Understanding the p-value” became popular, gaining over 250 views a day and helping people all over the world to … understand the p-value!
More recently Dr Nic and William have been re-creating their older videos and making new ones, which you can see on the Creative Heuristics YouTube channel.
Dr Nic is an accomplished presenter, making statistical analysis accessible to a wide range of people. She has given presentations for groups such as physiotherapists, teachers and speech/language therapists, to help them in their understanding of the the role and method of statistical analysis.
You can follow Dr Nic as @rogonic on Twitter.