Through the Friday Institute at NC State University, Hollylynne Lee and her team have designed a Massive Open Online Course for Educators (MOOC-ED) that is focused on "Teaching Statistics Through Data Investigations." The course is designed to develop the pedagogy and content understanding for teachers (preservice, practicing, and teacher educators) in middle school, high school, and AP/intro college levels. There will be many choices and options in the course for teachers to focus their learning around content that they teach.
The course will launch September 28 and run for 8 weeks. Registration is FREE and there is an opportunity for practicing teachers to earn CEUs if they complete all activities in the course. It is a great opportunity for teachers to work in teams or PLCs to complete the course together. Preservice teachers could complete activities in the course as part of assignments in an on-campus course or take it in addition to their on-campus courses to enhance their preparation to teach statistics. If you teach a course or include units in your methods courses focused on teaching statistics, you may also want to engage with the MOOC-ED to gain additional resources and ideas for your own courses.
In the course, participants will see many video-based examples of students and teachers engaging in statistics tasks, hear from a panel of experts on teaching statistics (Chris Franklin, Susan Friel, Webster West), learn about statistical habits of mind, be introduced to a framework for developing students' statistical sophistication (adapted from GAISE), examine tasks, and engage with real data sets using new tools such as TuvaLabs and Codap with the option of using TinkerPlots and Fathom.
If you have any questions about the MOOC-ED or incorporating it with preservice teachers, please contact Hollylynne Lee at NC State University.