Proceedings of the frontiers in science education research conference (FISER'09) pages:353-360
Frontiers in Science Education Research 2009 (FISER’09) edition:1 location:Famagusta TRNC (North Cyprus) date:22-24 March 2009
This paper describes a new educational technology (hosted at http://www.wessa.net and http://www.freestatistics.org) that supports non-rote statistics learning based on electronic documents (“Compendia"?) that allow students to reproduce and reuse computations. It is explained why the acceptance of this new technology is important and how this relates to usability and student satisfaction. Furthermore it is described how reproducible computing plays various roles in the learning process that leads to true understanding (of statistics). Some guidelines are provided that can be used by the educator to improve learning environments based on reproducible computing. Finally, this new technology allows us to objectively measure various types of actual learning-related activities that are otherwise unobservable. These measurements open the prospect of new types of research without the need to resort to reported measurements that can be shown to be highly misleading.