One of the challenges with teaching introductory biostatistics is that there are so many online resources available to students. This creates a filtering problem: many of the resources that come up on the first page of a Google or YouTube search won’t necessarily be the best resources. Admittedly-anecdotal example: years ago, back when I still taught the Mann-Whitney U test (I don’t any more), I was alarmed to discover that the Wikipedia page for the Mann-Whitney U test contained serious mistakes.*
I want to assist my students with this filtering problem. Steer them towards resources I’ve looked at and am happy to vouch for. Which of course puts the filtering problem on my shoulders instead. And I don’t want to spend many hours reading stats websites and watching YouTube stats videos.
So that’s where you come in. In the comments, please suggest videos and other online resources (especially interactive resources) that you’ve found useful for teaching introductory statistics, or for learning introductory statistics yourself. I hope and expect that your collective experience and opinions will be a much better guide to the best stuff out there than Google’s PageRank algorithm is. If we get enough responses, I’ll organize them into a future post, like Meghan’s compilation of videos for teaching ecology.**
To kick things off, Michael Whitlock and Dolph Schluter have very nice interactive online tutorials for teaching sampling from a normal distribution, the Central Limit Theorem, and the interpretation of a frequentist 95% confidence interval for the sample mean. I use all these in my class and recommend them highly. They have a few other interactive apps I haven’t used but that I assume are also good.
Related old post: my compilation of “statistical vignettes“: easy-to-explain, dramatic illustrations of statistical concepts and their application to everyday life.
*Which I corrected; that’s only time I’ve tried to fix a Wikipedia page. I have no idea what the Wikipedia page for the Mann-Whitney U test is like today.
**Note that I’m looking here for resources for teaching statistical concepts, not R. “Online resources to teach R” would be a whole ‘nother post!