Since 2001, publishing giant Pearson has offered MyStatLab as an electronic – and now Web-based, of course – complement to its statistics textbooks. The product is virtually identical to Pearson’s MyMathLab product, but optimized for statistics content. It also includes access to StatCrunch, a Web-based data analysis tool that allows students to analyze and share complex data sets, which costs $22/year for students and professors to access on its own.
Because the program is modular, teachers can choose to use some or all of the electronic content, as a primary way to deliver instruction to students or as a supplement to their own instruction. Teachers or professors can select from the program’s bank of free-response exercises, edit them, or add their own questions, and have students complete them a lab setting as classwork or quizzes, or outside of class as homework.
Through a partnership inked in early 2012 with Knewton -- originally a test prep company that’s developing an “adaptive learning engine” -- MyStatLab recommends to students what math exercises they should tackle, based on the content they’ve already mastered and the level of difficulty and style that seems to fit them best. MyStatLab also contains an e-book version of the student’s textbook, video lectures, and animations, and gives students 24/7 access to Pearson tutors online (though only one 30-minute tutoring session is included with the student license).
Like MyMathLab, MyStatLab is built on MathXL, another Pearson product that acts as a homework, tutorial and assessment system. (MathXL can be purchased separately as a cheaper alternative for teachers and schools that don’t need the instructional component, just the ability for students to complete homework, quizzes, and tests.) Its online gradebook feature is handy for teachers who want to build the majority of their course around the Pearson content.
While Pearson doesn’t say how many users have bought access to just MyStatLab, it does say that more than 9 million students at over 1,900 colleges and universities have used some combination of MyMathLab, MyStatLab and MathXL.
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