Applied Problems and Use of Technology in Basic Courses in Probability and Statistics : A Way to Enhance Understanding and Increase Motivation
(2016) European Society for Engineering Education In The 18th SEFI Mathematics Working Group seminar on Mathematics in Engineering Education, Proceedings p.168-173- Abstract
- Several authors have reported problems on service courses in basic probability and statistics: students may lack motivation, find the theory difficult or boring, others see no applications for the results. To remedy these problems we have developed a learning environment where two important components are applied problems and use of technology. However, the mere existence of applied problems and technology in the course does not automatically imply
increased motivation or enhanced learning. Technology is helpful for the students if it is used to achieve learning goals, is integrated with the needs of the students and is aligned with the rest of the course. Real-life data and problems evoke interest if the students perceive they benefit... (More) - Several authors have reported problems on service courses in basic probability and statistics: students may lack motivation, find the theory difficult or boring, others see no applications for the results. To remedy these problems we have developed a learning environment where two important components are applied problems and use of technology. However, the mere existence of applied problems and technology in the course does not automatically imply
increased motivation or enhanced learning. Technology is helpful for the students if it is used to achieve learning goals, is integrated with the needs of the students and is aligned with the rest of the course. Real-life data and problems evoke interest if the students perceive they benefit from the task. We give two examples, one where active work with applied exercises and projects give a more positive attitude towards the subject, the other example shows that aligned web-based test and exercises increase the result on the final exam and also indicate a better conceptual understanding. (Less)
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- European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI)
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