Adelaide Branch: Strategies to help students learn statistics

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Panel Discussion: Strategies to help students for effective learning of statistics

Speakers: Dr David Butler (University of Adelaide), Professor Richard Woodman (Flinders University), Dr Lua Perimal-Lewis (Flinders University)

Abstract: Students from a range of degrees and disciplines are required to take statistics courses.  The panel of discussants will share their thoughts on the reasons many students struggle with learning statistics, and how educators can facilitate improved learning.  The discussion will cover issues including the balance between teaching theory and application, student ‘knowledge gaps’ in mathematics and the use of statistical software to promote learning.  There will be an opportunity for audience members to ask their own questions to the panel.


Dr David Butler is the coordinator of the Maths Learning Centre and Writing Centre at the University of Adelaide.

Professor Richard Woodman Professor Richard Woodman is a senior biostatistical consultant and the Director of Flinders Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Flinders University. Richard’s current research interests in the area of biostatistics include risk adjustment techniques for comparing in-hospital mortality, method comparison studies in clinical research, reliability and reproducibility, and assessing the discriminatory performance of prediction models.

Dr Lua Perimal-Lewis is a Research Associate in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University. Lua’s research is in the area of Data Science with experience in big Health Data Analytics. She works with multi-disciplinary teams applying data analytic skills, integrating large clinical datasets, applying statistical skills to analyse and interpret results.


Venue: Basement Room 17 (B17) Ingkarni Wardli Building, North Terrace, Adelaide University.

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***Please note that most entrance doors to Adelaide University buildings close at 6pm so make sure you arrive in time for the talk.



5.30pm – Refreshments in the Lecture Theatre.

6.05pm – General Meeting Talk.

7.30 pm – A dinner will be held after the meeting at Café Michael 2, 204 Rundle Street, Adelaide.

Please rsvp for dinner to [email protected] by 20th June.

Feel free to forward this meeting notice to colleagues, all welcome.




Paul Sutcliffe


SA Branch

Statistical Society of Australia

Tel. 0438 446 064

[email protected]


When: 22/06/2016
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:15 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Adelaide University,
Basement Room 17 (B17) Ingkarni Wardli Building, North Terrace,

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