Penn State and Minitab Inc. share a long history of innovation. In 1972, three Penn State statistics professors developed Minitab Statistical Software to help their introductory students devote more time to directly exploring statistical concepts and less time doing tedious calculations. Minitab software revolutionized the teaching of introductory statistics and, today, it is used at more than 4,000 colleges and universities worldwide. Today, a team of Penn State statistics faculty once again transformed their students’ learning experience and they’ve done it with the help of Minitab software.
Challenge: Each semester, nearly one thousand Penn State students take Stat 200, an elementary statistics course required by more than 60 majors. The statistics department would divide the students into four sections each participating in three weekly lectures. Smaller groups would then meet twice per week for review sessions with teaching assistants. This left little opportunity for interaction with instructors and no in-class time for students to apply the concepts they were learning. Read more..