A new eCourse in Statistical Literacy

Statistics Malta , in close cooperation with the University of Hagen (Germany) and with Statistics Finland, has prepared an eCourse in Statistics.

Statistical users learn about the importance to understand statistics (statistical literacy) and about:

  • Basic Statistical Concepts
  • Organising and Presenting Data
  • Population Developments
  • Social/Economic Statistics (under work)
  • Searching for Statistical Information.

More on the Website of the University of Hagen.

2 thoughts on “A new eCourse in Statistical Literacy

  1. Considering the respectability of the organisations behind this course, I am very surprised at the poor quality. I am particularly amazed at the terrible quality of the writing on display. These examples are from one page, right at the beginning of the course:

    “In our daily lives, everyone is confronted with data and conclusions drawn from data, sometimes unknowingly.  ” This sentence is so poorly phrased. Shouldn’t it be “In all our lives, we are confronted daily…” or “Everyone is confronted daily with…”? Furthermore, it sounds to me like the data are unknowingly confronting us, as if they the data could avoid confrontation if only they knew us a little better.

    “Newspapers report on new developments on the stock market, on divorce rates or present the latest standings of the major European football leagues.”
    How about “Newspapers report on new stock market developments”? Also, if newspapers report on Item 1, and on Item 2, should they not also report on item 3 (rather than present Item 3)?

    “Examples are the discussion on pros and cons for swine flu vaccination or risks related to cancer screening.” I don’t know where to begin on this one.

    Aside from the many general grammatical flaws, there are also issues with introducing terminology which readers may not understand. This example is in section 1.1, right at the beginning of the course:

    “Assume that a population of N women (N large) participates in a mammography screening. ” If the course is for people without stats lit skills, how are they to know what “N” means to begin with? I’ve studied 1st year stats and I don’t even know what “N large” is supposed to mean.

    I find this whole course curiously amateurish. Perhaps this is just a beta version. If anything, it’s a good guide on how not to write a stats lit course.

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