About

StatHand is an Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching funded project aimed at harnessing mobile learning technologies to build students' statistical decision making capacities.

Background

Despite the critical role they play in the development of professional competence, quantitative research methods are an area of weakness for many students. Students are particularly known to struggle with the ability to select appropriate statistical tests or procedures for different types of data, research questions and hypotheses. Decision trees can aid such statistical decision making, but extant trees have limitations. Mobile learning technologies open up many new possibilities.

Key Deliverables

The primary deliverables for this project are:

  • StatHand: An evidence-based iOS application designed to support statistical decision making, available FREE for either iPad or iPhone from the iTunes App Store.
  • A companion website that mirrors the functionality of the mobile application, formatted for use on all devices ranging from desktop PCs to smart phones.
  • Instructors‘ resources and other supporting materials developed to assist instructors deploy StatHand in the classroom. Available to instructors at recognized tertiary institutions soon from www.stathand.net/home/ir
  • Publications and presentations documenting the theoretical basis, development, features and evaluation of the StatHand. An overview of this work is available at StatHand.net/publications/

Development Team

StatHand is a cross-institutional collaboration, with team members at four Australian universities.

  • Peter Allen (Project Leader), School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, Curtin University.
  • Dr. Frank Baughman, School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, Curtin University.
  • Associate Professor Lynne Roberts, School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, Curtin University.
  • Dr. Dirk van Rooy, School of Psychology, Australian National University.
  • Dr. Adam Rock, School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences University of New England.
  • Dr. Natalie Loxton, School of Applied Psychology, Griffith University.

iOS application and web development was done by recent Software Engineering graduates from Curtin University:

  • Mortaza Rezae.
  • Xavier Begue.
  • Ivan Dwiputera.

Finally, the following research assistants and students have also played an instrumental role in the development of StatHand:

  • Amanda Lourenco, School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, Curtin University.
  • James Finlay, School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, Curtin University.
  • Hannah Uren, School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, Curtin University.
  • Andrew Johnson, School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, Curtin University.

Recommended Citation

Allen, P., Roberts, L., Baughman, F., van Rooy, D., Rock, A., & Loxton, N. (2015). StatHand [computer software]. Sydney, Australia: Office for Learning and Teaching. Retrieved from https://www.stathand.net/