The 8th Australian Conference on Teaching Statistics will be held on 12th and 13th July, 2012, in Adelaide, South Australia. The theme of OZCOTS 2012 is “Statistics education for greater statistics”.
OZCOTS 2012 is again building on the success of the timing and format of OZCOTS 2008 and OZCOTS 2010 as a satellite to the Australian Statistics Conference (ASC) with an overlap on Thursday 12th July.
Statistical education is of vital significance to all statisticians and the statistical profession across the spectrum of educational levels and disciplines. The ‘greater’ statistics of the theme of OZCOTS 2012 reflects all aspects of statistical thinking and statistics as it is practiced by statisticians. As well as teaching for the learning of 'greater' Statistics and statistical thinking at all educational levels, including training of statisticians, this theme also includes teaching statistics at the postgraduate level, in workplaces, and in teacher training.
The OZCOTS program will include keynote and contributed papers and forum discussion on topics across the statistical education spectrum of interest to statisticians and the statistical profession.
Enquiries about local organisation may be sent to:
Olena Kravchuk, firstname.lastname@example.org
The first OZCOTS was run in1998 by Brian Phillips with papers by the Australian speakers from the 5th International Conference on Teaching Statistics (ICOTS) which had been held in Singapore earlier in 1998. Its success in bringing together Australians involved in teaching statistics resulted in Brian and his Melbourne colleagues organising annual OZCOTS gatherings from 1999 to 2002. In 2006 Helen MacGillivray was awarded one of the first Australian Learning and Teaching Council’s Senior Fellowships, with her fellowship programme to run throughout 2008. As part of her fellowship programme, Helen revived OZCOTS with Brian’s help, and ran it as a two-day satellite to the 2008 Australian Statistical Conference (ASC), with a one-day overlap open to all ASC delegates who could also choose to register for the second day. The OZCOTS 2008 invited speakers were all funded as part of Helen’s fellowship. OZCOTS 2008 was modelled on the successful International Association for Statistical Education’s (IASE) satellite conferences to ISI Conferences, with papers in proceedings and an optional refereeing process offered to authors. The success of OZCOTS 2008 lead to an equally successful OZCOTS 2010 and now to OZCOTS 2012.