Using real data in teaching Statistics: a case study of the coursework for Masters students
Real-life applications can increase the motivation of students, enhance their learning experience and satisfaction, and facilitate the acquisition of the practical skills that will be required in the workplace. However, at the level of the standard non-advanced Statistics course the use of real-life data is restricted by the scope of the techniques that had to be covered within the course before students can move to more advanced analysis. The techniques are often limited to descriptive/ summary statistics and introduction to probability and inference. Another limiting factor is the level of proficiency of students. This is reflected in the majority of the Statistics textbooks that provide small simplified datasets for exercises and practice that are adapted to the level of the course and the students.
In this talk I will share my experience of using real data from publicly available sources for the coursework assignment of Masters students taking MSc in Marketing & Business Analysis, and will comment on the achievements, difficulties and lessons learned.