TRANSFORM

TRANSFORM: Teaching Resources for Applying Numeracy and Statistics for Objective Research Methods

An education research and development project that aims to create a SET OF STATISTICS LEARNING RESOURCES that are informed by primary research into what statistical concepts students struggle with, and what kind of e-learning resources they find to be the most effective in helping them to understand those concepts.

The project is a joint venture between the University of Birmingham and University of Nottingham in the U.K., and is funded by IN PARTNERSHIP: The Universities of Birmingham and Nottingham. We aim to develop research-informed reusable e-learning resources for teaching statistics and research methods across any discipline at undergraduate or postgraduate levels.

We are also hosting a joint Nottingham-Birmingham one-day Conference in June 2019. Please see our TRANSFORM Conference page for more details.

Our resource development activity to date:

The existing set of learning resources are in the process of being updated to HTML5 format. This will ensure that they continue to be accessible to students, and is a technical improvement over the previous format.

New learning resources are being created: In September 2018 the project team scripted a set of short video resources. They were filmed at the University of Nottingham's studios on the King's Meadow Campus, by The University's Learning Content Team.

Our research activity to date:

Two Staff Workshops: One at the University of Nottingham on the 27th of March 2018, and another at the University of Birmingham on the 29th of March 2018. During each event, 14 participants from several academic disciplines shared in-depth ideas, approaches and practices that they have found to help students to grasp difficult statistical and research methods concepts.

Ten Student Focus groups: Five were conducted at the University of Nottingam, and five at the University of Birmingham. Participants from several academic disciplines shared their in-depth experiences of learning to grasp difficult statistical and research methods concepts.

A student Survey: A large number of students across academic disciplines at the univeristies of Birmingham and  Nottingham were asked a series of questions about their experiences of learning satatistics and research methods.

Participate in the project

We invite all lecturers and staff at the Universities of Birmingham and Nottingham who teach statistics to get involved. We hope to understand students’ and tutors’ experiences of teaching & learning statistics. We will build what we learn into free reusable e-learning resources.

We are also hosting a joint Nottingham-Birmingham one-day Conference in June 2019. Please see our TRANSFORM Conference page for more details.

CONTACT US

The Birmingham Team:

The Nottingham Team: