DCCC Davie Campus Students Explore Global Issues through Statistics Course

Nov. 30, 2012 – Students enrolled in an elementary statistics course at the Davie Campus of Davidson County Community College are bringing the world to campus thanks to a unique project that involved exploring global issues from several different countries. 

The students were tasked with creating several websites that featured issues, such as human rights, geopolitics, environment, poverty, education and more. Now complete, students are presenting the projects via Web, allowing not only just their classmates to see, but the entire campus. 

“I selected several different global issues, then gave students a survey at the beginning of the semester,” says Amanda Klinger, mathematics faculty member who led the class. “Based on the survey, they were placed into global issue groups, with each student choosing a different country. The students collected issue-specific data, analyzing it through different types of graphs and interpreted the data on the country they selected and compared it with other countries.”

Klinger says students worked on the projects throughout the semester by researching data online, and exporting it into Excel documents, which were then formed into visual graphs. The research, data and graphs were uploaded to a group website to create an online portfolio of the project, and now students are presenting these projects online.

“The students have learned a great deal more than elementary statistics as the course is titled,” Klinger says. “They were able to be creative, learn technology and work cooperatively. These skills, along with the statistics learned in the course, will give these students enhanced academics and cultural knowledge.”

Suzanne LaVenture, director of international education and instructor of Spanish, notes that all faculty have been encouraged to globalize their courses – and Klinger has truly taken advantage of the opportunities provided to help her do this.

“She received a grant from World View from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to globalize her statistics class,” LaVenture says. “She’s been an excellent role model for our faculty. Cultural literacy is a learning competency that all DCCC graduates are expected to have, and Amanda has shown how this can be done in any class – even statistics. Math is not a class that most people automatically think of as being ‘easily globalized,’ but she has shown how it can be done in a way that enriches the course and creates great enthusiasm in the students.”

Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully-accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2013. It is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations, and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College on the Web at davidsonccc.edu.