Western Statistics Teachers Conference  WeSTCo 2000
March 17 & 18, 2000
McKee Hall of Education
University of Northern Colorado Campus, Greeley, CO

PROGRAM

Friday, March 17

10:00-1:00 Registration

12:45-1:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks

1:00-2:30 Paper Session
 • Teaching Statistics Using Relevant Data, Milo Shield, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN
 • The Case Against Group Projects, Benjamin V. C. Collins, Midland Lutheran College, Freemont, NE
 • First Occurrences of Statistical Concepts, William Seaver, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

2:30-3:00 Break

3:00-5:00 Paper Session
 • A Data-Oriented, Active Learning, Post-Calculus Introduction to Statistical Concepts, Methods, and Theory—First Course,
    Allan J. Rossman, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA, Beth L. Chance, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, CA, Karla V. Ballman, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
 • A Data-Oriented, Active Learning, Post-Calculus Introduction to Statistical Concepts, Methods, and Theory—Second Course,
        Allan J. Rossman, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA, Beth L. Chance, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, CA, Karla V. Ballman, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
 • Learning Patterns in Advanced Placement Statistics, James Luhring, Cherry Creek High School, Englewood, CO, Mark Wilson, University of Charleston, Charleston, WV
 • Teaching Conditional Thinking Using Rates and Percentages, Milo Shield, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN

5:30-7:30 Mixer/Reception at the Ramada Inn

Saturday, March 18

8:30-10:00 Poster Session
• Challenges in Teaching a Statistical Package Course, Sana Buhamra, Kuwait University, Safat, Kuwait
• A Spreadsheet Solution to Fisher’s Exact Test, John C. Turner, US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD
• How to Help Students Better Understand Some Important Concepts in a Principles of Statistics Course,
    Lin Dong, Commercial and Trade College of Shaanxi Province, Xian, People’s Republic of China
• The Ideal Teacher from the Students' Perspective at Kuwait University, A. H. Al-Ibrahim, Sana Buhamra, Kuwait University, Safat, Kuwait
• Statistics at the Lithuanian University of Agriculture, Petras Rupsys, Lithuanian University of Agriculture, Lithuania

10:00-10:30 Break

10:30-12:00 Paper Session
 • Enhancing the Introductory Statistics Course Using Technology, Dana L. Thomas, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK
 • An Experiment to Evaluate Multimedia Educational Software: A Case Study, Rich Alldredge, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
 • Teaching Introductory Statistics and the Use of Common Software Packages, Herman Callaert, Limburgs Universitair Centrum,
  Diepenbeek, Belgium

12:00 Closing Remarks
 

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FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT -- CALL FOR PAPERS    May 1999

Western Statistics Teachers Conference 2000

The second bi-annual Western Statistics Teachers Conference (WeSTCo
2000:  Statistics Education for the New Century) will be held March
17-18, 2000 in Greeley, Colorado.  Sessions will be held Friday afternoon,
Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon at the McKee Hall of Education
on the University of Northern Colorado campus, with the Ramada Inn
serving as the official hotel for the conference.

Organizers Dan Mundfrom and Larry Lesser invite teachers of statistics
courses at all levels to plan to attend and submit a presentation
proposal, especially involving research and/or significant  innovation
in one of the following areas:

Integrating Data Analysis throughout the Curriculum
Interdisciplinary Connections
Quantitative Literacy
Teaching the Advanced Placement Statistics Course
Teaching the Mathematical Statistics Course
Teaching the Introductory Statistics Course
Use of Technology in Teaching Statistics
Use of Alternative Assessment in Teaching Statistics
Teaching New Topics (or Old Topics in New Ways)

Attendees may apply to give a 20-minute contributed paper talk (deadline
for receipt:  September 15, 1999;  notifications mailed by November 1,
1999) or a poster session presentation (deadline for receipt:  January
10, 2000; notifications on these mailed by Jan. 31, 2000).
Registration for the conference is $50 if received by Sept. 15,  $65 if
received by Jan. 31,  and $80 if received after January 31.   Checks
should be made payable to "UNC-WeSTCo".
The official proposal form should be completed and mailed to:

WeSTCo 2000
c/o ASRM Department
University of Northern Colorado
501 20th Street
Greeley, CO  80639

Transportation will be provided between UNC and the Ramada Inn.
Attendees can get a special conference rate of $45 (plus tax) per night (single
or double occupancy) by saying they are with the WeSTCo conference when
they make their reservations (1-888-GREELEY) with a credit card by the
end of February 2000.  Greeley is a city of 70,000 located at the intersection
of US Highways 34 and 85, and transportation between Greeley and Denver
International Airport can be reserved by calling Rocky Mountain Shuttle
at 1-970-356-3366.    Attendees with their own cars may park on campus
(it will be pretty empty due to spring break week). In Greeley’s "grid"
of north-south numbered avenues and east-west numbered streets, the
Ramada Inn is near 6th Street and 8th Avenue and McKee Hall is near 22nd
Street and 11th Avenue.

More detailed information on speakers and times, etc., will be posted as it
becomes available.

For more information,
contact Dan Mundfrom at djmundf@unco.edu
or (970) 351-1669.
Or Larry Lesser at lesserla@mail.armstrong.edu
 

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WESTCO 2000 PRESENTATION PROPOSAL FORM
Registration for the conference is $50 if received by Sept. 15,  $65 if
received by Jan. 31,  and $80 if received after January 31.
Checks should be made payable to "UNC-WeSTCo".
The official proposal form should be completed and mailed to:
WeSTCo    c/o ASRM Dept.   Univ. of Northern Colorado   501 20th
Street    Greeley, CO  80639
 

Name_____________________________________

Affiliation _________________________________

Address ___________________________________

_________________________________________

Daytime Phone _______________

Fax _______________

Email __________________
 
 
 

check one:

______ I wish to present a 20-minute talk (this form must be received by
September 15, 1999).

______ I wish to present a poster session (this form must be received by
January 10, 2000).
 

Title:
 
 
 

Materials Needed (beyond overhead projector):
 
 
 

Abstract (* 150 words):
 

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