A key motivation for developing the WISE site is to take
advantage of the incredible resources freely available on
the Internet and the special interactive capability that these resources
provide. Dynamic applets allow students to try their own
‘What if…’ scenarios. Yet to be most effective, students
need guidance and access to help.
WISE Stuff is a collection of resources we developed that don’t fit tidily
elsewhere. We will continue to add these resources to the WISE site and we \
welcome your suggestions.
Last updated: October 5, 2011
Using WISE Tutorials
Each WISE tutorial includes suggestions for how that tutorial may be used for instruction.
The tutorials are modular to provide flexibility. These
tutorials cover introductory
statistics concepts such as hypothesis testing, sampling
and statistical power. Most tutorials feature an interactive applet
that allows students to simulate statistical techniques such
as sampling in order to see how different parameters affect
The tutorials can be used as laboratory exercises
with faculty supervision or they can be assigned as independent homework. Some tutorials have
worksheets and follow-up questions that students can turn in for faculty evaluation.
The tutorials are designed to supplement traditional teaching materials, addressing specific
topics that are difficult to present with traditional
classroom technologies. The tutorials promote self-paced learning and to provide a means for advanced students to
Instructors' Notes explain how to best use the tutorials in class settings:
Using WISE Applets
The WISE applets can be used for classroom demonstrations
separately from the tutorials,
For demonstrations, you may choose to enlarge displays of
applets by decreasing screen resolution. Changing
your screen resolution may re-arrange items on your desktop.
Tips for Using Applets for Demonstrations:
- distributions plus
You can download this Excel workbook to have easy access
to basic statistics distributions on your computer. The
workbook includes Z,
t, F, chi-square, and binomial distributions
as well as selected computations such as estimating the
median for grouped data.
Demonstrations Using Excel
Short Teaching Papers on Selected Topics
Downloading Data from ICPSR
The WISE Quick Guide to Downloading
Data from ICPSR provides step-by-step guidance for downloading data in SPSS format from the
very extensive collection maintained by the Inter-University Consortium for Political and
Social Research (ICPSR).
Enlarge Applet Displays for Demos
To enlarge displays of applets for presentations or demonstrations, you may
magnify or decrease screen resolution.
Changing your resolution, however, may re-arrange items on your desktop.
SPSS Macro Guide
Here you can find a Quick Guide to SPSS Macros for a
short tutorial describing what an SPSS macro is, what it can do for you, and how to use one in SPSS.
G*Power 3 is free software for power analysis.
Our quick guide gives an overview
and examples of how to use the program, as well as a link to download it.
Selected WISE Publications
Aberson, C. L., Berger, D. E., Emerson, E. P., & Romero, V. (1997) WISE: A
interface for statistics education. Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, &
Computers, 29, 217-221.
Aberson, C. L., Berger, D. E., Healy, M . R., Kyle, D., & Romero, V. L. (2000).
Evaluation of an interactive tutorial for teaching the
Central Limit Theorem.
Teaching of Psychology, 27, 289-291.
Aberson, C. L., Berger, D. E., Healy, M. R., & Romero, V. (2001) Teaching
statistics with web-technology:
The WISE project. Syllabus, 14(7), 43-45.
Aberson, C.L., Berger, D.E., Healy, M.R., & Romero, V.L. (2002). An interactive
tutorial for teaching
Journal of Statistics Education [online], 10 (3).
Aberson, C.L., Berger, D.E., Healy, M.R., & Romero, V.L. (2003). Evaluation of
an interactive tutorial for teaching
concepts. Teaching of
Psychology, 30, 76-79.
Healy, M.R., Berger, D.E., Romero, V.L., Aberson, C.L., & Saw, A. (2002).
JAVA applets for teaching on the Internet.
Proceedings of the Scuola Superiore G. Reis Romoli Advances in Infrastructure for e-Business,
e-Education, e-Science, and e-Medicine on the Internet International Conference.
Romero, V. L., Berger, D. E., Healy, M. R., & Aberson, C. L. (2000). Using
cognitive learning theory to design effective on-line statistics tutorials. Behavior
Research Methods, Instruments, & Computers, 32, 246-249.
Sosa, G.W., Berger, D.E., Saw, A.T., & Mary, J.C. (2010). Effectiveness of
Computer-Assisted Instruction in Statistics: A Meta-Analysis. Review of Educational Research, 81(1), 97-128.
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