SOCR EduMaterials Surveys Fall2005Sanchez Results
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SOCR Surveys  Student Survey Results  Fall 2005 Stat 100A (Sanchez)
Summary of Results (red=proportion of SOCR group students that answered that out of total 19 responses); blue=proportion of control (39 responses). Numbers over a category may not add up to 100% due to some nonresponse to a given question.
Note: Because of the confidential nature of this survey, we could not separate the biostatistics and other graduate from the undergraduate students and therefore, the opinions of the treatment group are not those of the smaller group represented in the table of quantitative outcomes.
Please, complete parts I and II of this survey
Part I
Compared with other classes where instructors have not required using technological tools like applets or software for some homework, how would you rate the overall effectiveness of the use of the technology (check what applies)

Higher 
lower 
The same 
NA 
(a) In understanding the main concepts of the course 
21% 32% 
11% 10% 
54% 58% 
11% 0% 
(b) In exams grades 
3% 16% 
5% 21% 
54% 58% 
30% 5% 
(c ) In homework grade 
8% 21% 
8% 31% 
62% 47% 
20% 0% 
(d) In motivating you to learn the material 
33% 21% 
19% 21% 
30% 53% 
16% 0% 
(e) In considering statistics as a possible major/minor 
24% 21% 
19% 26% 
35% 42% 
22% 10% 
(f) In motivating you to attend class 
13% 5% 
22% 15% 
51% 68% 
10% 5% 
(g) In Motivating you to network with fellow students 
24% 26% 
13% 16% 
40% 47% 
3% 10% 
(h) In stimulating your intellectual curiosity 
35% 32% 
20% 10% 
35% 58% 
8% 0% 
(i) In Providing you with content needed for your area of study 
49% 21% 
19% 0%

19% 79% 
13% 0% 
(j) In maintaining your attention during class 
16.21 16% 
22% 10% 
49% 58% 
8% 0% 
(k) In relating the course material to other materials studied in other classes 
22% 21% 
16% 0% 
35% 73% 
24% 0% 
PART II
Please, check what applies in questions 13 and answer questions 46:
1. Was this class 62% 73% more interesting or 24% 21% less interesting than other applied math classes that you have taken?
2. Was this class 27% 42% harder or 54% 42% easier than other applied mathematics classes that you have taken?
3. Did this Probability class teach you 62% 84% more or 27% 10% less things relevant to your own life than other applied mathematics classes ?
4. Has this class helped you understand better the world around us? Circle one
70% 63% YES 24% 26% NO
If you answered YES, write below in what way the class did so
 Poisson, normal, exponential distributions are common in our world.
 Now know to make decisions based on probability
 The examples gave us some ideas about how stats can be used in the real world
 Some practical questions are really interesting. I like the examples involving probability in marketing, diseases
 Learned a new software
 The type of situations you can use probability to understand events
 It make me think about decision making from a different viewpoint
 It made me more aware
 Gave lots of examples that were related to our life
 Using events from actual society
 Helps me figure out complex phenomena by using probability easily.
 I learned to compute the probability (chances) of life events
 When I study econ it helps me
 There were a lot of real life examples
 Got to know probability
 Probability as applied to life
 Helpful to get into Stat field
 Clarified many things I did not notice or did not understand before
 Because this is the first applicable class to the real world it helps me understand business decisions
 Clearer understanding of Statistics
 Deepened my understanding of statistics as chance
 In understanding how probability works for real life examples
 Understand the uncertainty in real life, which is very interesting
 It explain some things that happen in life. Made me understand better
 Slightly changes the way I consider my options, and therefore the nature of my decision making processes
 It helps me when I play games understand my chances of winning, losing, my chances of getting the job
 Everything has a chance of happening or not happening, or even in a different way.
 There were many examples in this class, which demonstrated the application of statistics to real life
 Through applications of class materials
 Through understanding probability theory
 It allows me to understand the patterns and principles of events
If you answered NO, has the class made it harder for you to understand the world or has it not changed your understanding of the world?
4 responses, saying that it has not changed understanding
4 responses, saying that it has not changed understanding
5. Would you take another applied probability class after this one if you had a chance (meaning a class where you would do more real world applications of probability to acquiring knowledge in different contexts such as industry, weather, government decisionmaking, etc)? Circle one.
81% 78% YES 19% 15% NO
6. What in the material of this course do you consider to be the piece of knowledge that will help you the most in your life? Please write your answer below.
 Figuring out probabilities of something and the statistics for later classes
 Normal distribution
 Central Limit theorem and the different distributions
 The concept of possibility, the first part of the course
 The application to Statistics
 The concept of conditional probability
 Statistical terminology
 Conditional Probability
 Conditional Probability
 Central Limit Theorem
 It may help me understand day to day statistics better
 The example about lottery, bets, etc.
 Probability will be useful when I get a job
 Central Limit Theorem, expectation
 Just an overall knowledge of probability
 Probability as applied to biostats
 Central Limit theorem and Bayes theorem
 Central Limit Theorem and moment generating functions
 Permutations
 Chebyshev’s theorem
 Application of Calculus to Statistics
 Probability, random variables, discrete cases
 Some calculations of probability in real life examples
 First part of the class
 Central Limit Theorem
 Binomial, normal distribution
 I will do more research into decisions I make because now I know that there are proven, methodical ways to calculate probabilities, and that these results take into account factors I might overlook.
 I don’t know yet
 Integrals
 Most of it
 Knowing frequency of poker hands
 Probability theory underlying statistics
 Understanding what probability is