Experiences and Approaches to Teaching Statistics to Consumer Scientists
Hal MacFie Training offers statistics courses using XLSTAT to sensory & consumer scientists working either as academics or in companies producing products in the food, beverage, personal and home care products industries. These courses are either run in house customised to the students’ data and training objectives or are publically advertised. The majority of their potential audience are from large multinational companies where English is the language of communication.
A recent innovation at Hal Macfie Training allows students to attend virtually from their home or office, which attracts more people to attend and increases the financial viability of our training. It provides a large screen so the virtual student can see the class and participate in class discussion, during interactive exercise sessions the trainer can respond to a hands up signal from the virtual delegates and then have an over the shoulder view of remote students computers to help with XLSTAT problems or interpretation..
This talk shows some strategies we have for teaching people with very little mathematics background using simple visualisations to explain both simple concepts such as standard errors and more complex analytic methods such as principal components.