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Jun 26, 2014

Teaching modern stats – and assessing reasoning – at scale

If you are an instructor who teaches large-enrollment introductory statistics courses and wishes to teach a modern data-driven course, read on.


You know about the challenges of assessing student mastery in courses where there are hundreds – or even thousands! – of students and little or no support for grading homework or exams. Online tools are available, but often these scalable tools for assessment are limited to multiple-choice formats emphasizing procedural technique and/or hand computation. Instructors who want to adopt modern approaches that emphasize concepts, application and use of data analysis software may find these online tools less than adequate for assessing student performance. So how might an instructor of a high-volume course who is constrained by grading resources assess students on their statistical reasoning abilities?


JMP is pleased to announce a new partnership with WebAssign, a provider of online assessment tools used by more than 2,600 colleges, universities and high schools. The result of this partnership is a collection of new assessment items integrating interactive and dynamic JMP graphs with questions directed at interpretation and reasoning. Best of all, these assessment items are free to WebAssign users and cover many of the concepts introduced in introductory statistics courses. While the assessment items look and act like JMP graphs and output, they are actually JMP HTML5 output embedded into the WebAssign application. So, the items completely stand alone and don’t require JMP to be installed or accessed.


Learn more and check out a sample assignment.

JMP's HTML5 output provides interactivity within a browser environment.

The HTML5 output from JMP provides interactivity within a browser environment.


Check out the video below that illustrates these and other assessment capabilities with JMP. We hope you will give these new assessment items a try and consider adopting JMP for your course. For more information about accessing these items and using them in your own course, contact WebAssign.



One more thing...



In a previous post, we shared with you that JMP has integrated learning “applets,” or what we have referred to as interactive learning modules, into the core JMP product. These are concept demonstration tools that help students “see” the nature of core statistical concepts in an interactive and visual manner. These JMP applets are similar to Java applets that have been available for many years, but with the added benefit of a single interface and the ability to both analyze and explore concepts from the same data of interest.


JMP's Confidence Interval of the Mean Learning Module


With the partnership with WebAssign, JMP can now support three critical needs in your introductory statistics class: data analysis and visualization, concept demonstration and now assessment. While these foundational functions are fairly standard in the modern course, they have largely been provided by different products, which can add complexity to the learning process.  Feel free to contact us at if you have any questions or would like to see JMP in action.

Community Member

Teresa Obis wrote:

This is a good new. It looks very nice and useful. This is really the one we need.

I would like to use it just now. How can I do it?

Curt Hinrichs wrote:

Thank you Teresa, it is available through WebAssign who can be contacted at or 919-829-8181. For instructors there is a useful support page that describes how to get started: Note that WebAssign access is also available with a number of leading textbooks and you can check these out under the catalog heading at their website.

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Teresa Obis wrote:

Thanks Curt,

You have sown a very good seed, now we have to water it, just to make it grow to the sky