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July 5, 2015

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July 3, 2015

Statistics in Education for Mere Mortals – MOOC offered again by Lloyd Rieber – July 6, 2015 to August 10, 2015

Posting this on behalf of one of my former faculty…  A great experience if you have some time this summer!!!

Hi everyone,
I am again offering my MOOC on introductory uses of statistics in education. This section will run from July 6, 2015 to August 10, 2015 on < >
Here’s a link to the course site:
The course is free.
I made a short 3-minute ‘mash-up’ of a selection of the course’s videos to give people a taste of the course:
Also, all of the course videos are available on YouTube – here is a link to the playlist:
I designed the course for “mere mortals,” meaning that I designed it for people who want to know about and use statistics as but one important tool in their work, but who are not — and don’t want to be — mathematicians or statisticians. A special note that I also designed it with doctoral students in mind, especially those who are about to take their first statistics course. It could also be good for those students who just finished a statistics course, but are still fuzzy on the details.
However, this course would be useful to anyone who wants a good, short, hands-on, friendly introduction to the most fundamental ideas of statistics in education.
Here’s my approach … I provide a short presentation or two on each statistics topic, followed by a video tutorial where you build an Excel spreadsheet from scratch to compute the statistic. Then, I ask you to take a short quiz — consisting of sometimes just one question — where I ask you to plug in some new data into your spreadsheet and then copy and paste one of your new calculations as your answer. (And yes, there is also a short final exam at the end on the conceptual stuff.)
Examples of specific skills to be learned include the scales of measurement, measures of central tendency, measures of variability, and the computation of the following: mean, mode, and median, standard deviation, z (standard) scores, Pearson product-moment correlation coefficient (r), correlated-samples t test (i.e. dependent t test), independent-samples t test, and a one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA).
Also, the next time the course is planned to be offered is February, 2016. Depending on future interest in this MOOC topic, my general plan is to offer this MOOC twice a year, with starting dates in February and July.
* Lloyd P. Rieber
* Director, Innovation in Teaching & Technology for
*   the College of Education
* Professor, Department of Career & Information
*   Studies
* 203 River’s Crossing
* The University of Georgia
* Athens, Georgia  30602-7144  USA
* Phone: 706-542-3986
* Email:
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June 8, 2015

Registration Now Open For Learning Differences MOOC-Ed

From Friday’s inbox…


Registration is now open for Learning Differences MOOC-Ed

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All of us, children and adults alike, have different strengths and weaknesses in our learning. Historically, however, schools have approached student learning with a one-size-fits-all mentality and have struggled to adapt to changing student needs.
That ends now.
In order to help you change the way your students learn, this course will expand your knowledge related to learning differences, provide actionable strategies to impact the learning experience of your students, and cultivate a growth mindset related to learning differences. At the end of this course, you will have:
  • Deepened your own understanding of learning differences and the related constructs of motivation, executive function, and working memory.
  • Explored relevant strategies for supporting students with learning differences.
  • Applied strategies in your classroom and provided a more personalized learning experience for all of your students.

Starting July 13th, this course is designed for all educators including teachers, coaches, administrators, or allies who play a role in meeting the needs of all students. Be sure to invite your colleagues to join you, and please share the course information with those you think might be interested.

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June 6, 2015

Blended Learning: Personalizing Education for Students is available On-Demand!

Also from Wednesday’s inbox…

Blended Learning: Personalizing Education for Students is now available On-Demand

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June 5, 2015

[DEANZ] DEANZ Webinar: MOOCs, Distance Education, And Why The Latter Wins

One for my Kiwi readers…

DEANZ Webinar: MOOCs, Distance Education, And Why The Latter Wins
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Dear member

We are pleased to present to you the next three webinars, part of the DEANZ webinar series:

THIS WEEK: Friday 5 June 2-3pmMOOCs, distance education, and why the latter wins – Mark Nichols (Open Polytechnic, DEANZ president). Apologies to those who weren’t able to get through on 22 May – one of the links that we had sent out was incorrect.

Thursday July 2nd at 11amMoving out of the computer room: Otago’s virtual desktop – Emerson Pratt (University of Otago)

August: Assessment in OFDL environments, Sharon Coulter (Open Polytechnic)
– further details closer to the time

Instructions for the first time users
If this is your first time attending a Blackboard Collaborate session, it is recommended that you review the requirements and setup your equipment at our getting started page: click here 
You may need to download and install the Collaborate Launcher. Please allow at least 15 minutes before joining a session to do this.

If you have any technical issues, please use one of the contact methods on the Behind The Blackboard website to connect with the free, 24/7 helpdesk: click here

As for equipment, you are encouraged to have a headset with a microphone attached. If you do not have one, no problem! You can use computer speakers to listen and/or a built-in or external microphone. If you do not have a microphone, you can communicate using the text chat.

———- Day of the Meeting ———-

It is recommended that you join the session at least 15 minutes before the start time to test your equipment and the software.

Login Information:
1. Navigate to the DEANZ Webinar Room
2. Enter your name as the “Display name” (this will appear in the participant list in the meeting room)
3. Accept any security confirmation requests
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