Online Statistics Book with Simulations

There are a number of free educational resources on the web.  Many of them are very good or even excellent.  Today, while looking for a review of "degrees of freedom", I found the Online Statistics Book, a project that was "partially funded by the National Science Foundation".  It's free, or what's known as an "Open Educational Resource (OER)".  No surprise there, as the National Science Foundation has funded other similar publications that are freely available on the web.  This particular book is described as follows: "Online Statistics: An Interactive Multimedia Course of Study is an introductory-level statistics book. The material is presented both as a standard textbook and as a multimedia presentation. The book features interactive demonstrations and simulations, case studies, and an analysis lab."

A list of contributors, and the universities that helped with the development of the project, as listed on the homepage.  There is also a comprehensive table of contents, a link to Rice University's Virtual Lab, and a list of "simulations and demonstrations".  Additionally, the book is downloadable, so it can be read/used offline.

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Simulations and Serious Gaming

Several years ago, I attended a conference presentation in which a professor of French talked how she was using "The Sims" in her instruction.  Her presentation was extremely compelling, and there were a large number of instructors who later attended her workshop on "The Sims".   Instructional uses of simulations and serious gaming have become mainstream, and that is not surprising since sims can allow students to experience real-life problem solving with little of the risk "real-life" might have.  Simulations and/or Gaming are being use to train surgeons, soldiers, financial analysts and diplomats.  If you've not thought about including a sim in your teaching, even just as supplemental material, this might be the time to investigate the possibilities.  Here are a few to stimulate your imagination:

Though these are not free, the web sites can give you an idea of how serious games can be:

These are free:

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Cell Biology

There are a number of interactive and multimedia sites on the web that are useful for educational purposes, but aren't exactly "slick" looking--like those done by professional web masters.  This site on cell biology is like that:

This site contains a number of animations designed to explain various aspects of cell biology.   The topics include: cell membranes, glycolysis, Golgi apparatus, Mitochondria/electron transport (to name a few).

This site is much slicker than the one listed above: Click on "Inside a cell" and you'll be taken to the outside of a cell. Mouse over the cell, and you'll get a look inside.  Click on an organ, and you'll get a slick video, complete with sound effects describing the organ and what it does.

Text, audio and video describe endoplasmic reticulum

Text, audio and video describe endoplasmic reticulum

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