Actually the course is called Statistical Communication and Graphics, but I was griping about how few students were taking the class, and someone suggested the title Communicating Data and Statistics as being a bit more appealing. So I’ll go with that for now.
Here’s the syllabus. It’s full of fun reading and great activities, in and outside of class. The only thing missing are the jitts, but I like to keep them as a surprise. So if you want to teach this class—and I think you should, indeed I think this course should be taught everywhere and it should be a standard part of the statistics and quantitative social science curriculum—you’ll just have to write your own jitts. Otherwise the course pretty much teaches itself. And remember, with your guest visitors, keep the converstations short and focus. Long rambling discussions are fun, and they’re easy on the instructor, but ultimately you want to spend lots of class time directly on feedback on student work.
Now for the next 90 seconds I’d like you to talk with your neighbor and come up with a question to ask me.
OK, start yapping!