Statistical Education Section Workshop 2016
Teaching with Shiny Apps
Sunday, May 29, 2016 from 9 am to 4 pm, lunch included — Thistle 257
Alison Gibbs, University of Toronto
John Braun, University of British Columbia
Victor Veitch, University of Toronto
Shiny is a framework for developing web applications for R. Shiny apps can be used to create interactive data displays, explore important concepts in statistics and probability using simulations, and remove computational and programming barriers to applying statistical methods. In the workshop, we’ll discuss the basics of how to build and run Shiny apps and how they can be used for teaching and outreach
Alison Gibbs is an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream in the Department of Statistical Sciences at the University of Toronto. She has taught a variety of probability and statistics courses, ranging from a first-year seminar in statistical literacy to a graduate course in statistical consulting. Her research interests are in applications of statistics, the development of the full range of skills required of collaborative professional statisticians, and the effectiveness of online and blended learning methods for introductory statistics. She recently led a project funded by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities to develop online modules for teaching introductory statistics, including Shiny apps.
John Braun is Professor of Statistics and Head of the Departments of Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics at the Okanagan campus of the University of British Columbia. His research interests lie in the areas of computational statistical tools, such as data smoothing and resampling, with application to wildfire modelling and management. His favourite research tool is the R statistical programming environment, and he has co-authored two books on the use of the R language; he has also made an effort to expose undergraduate students and even public school students to the language. The advent of Shiny apps has made this effort easier and he has implemented Shiny apps on a website called R Tricks for Kids which is targeted at such students.
Victor Veitch is a PhD student in the Department of Statistical Sciences at the University of Toronto. He was the lead technical developer of the Shiny apps for an Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities funded project to develop online modules for teaching introductory statistics.