What a novel idea! Usually the survey carried out by students are not ‘realistic’ and does include a number of bias and ethical issues, they do not reflect ‘real life’ scenario. The Island, the virtual reality game like interface has some power to overcome that. Three years ago I thought it will change/transform our statistics educators culture of teaching in secondary schools. Now, I realise how detached I am from the main-stream teaching community. Barely anyone remembers The Island, at least in my close proximity of statistics teachers.
Extract from Michael Bulmer’s article, “It is important for students learning statistical reasoning to see data in context. One of the best ways of achieving this is to involve students in data production and so in the past ten years we have had first-year students undertake real experiments of their own choosing as part of our introductory statistics course. However in practice students are limited in what they can do. Many want to conduct experiments involving human subjects, requiring ethics approval, while even those not wanting to use humans may have general health and safety issues. Epidemiological studies have really not been possible at all”.
In this blog I have included a stop-motion video clip based on The Island
Michael Bulmer, University of Queensland, Australia.
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