Learning quantitative analytical skills can be challenging.This can involve extensive time slaving over textbooks and worksheets. However there are fun and practical ways to gain the same skills using a ‘learn-by-doing’ approach.
In September 2019 Associate Professor Peter Massey delivered a series of ‘learn-by-doing’ workshops with final year students at Atoifi College of Nursing. Students worked together with coloured jelly beans to learn how to calculate disease rates, and investigate the prevalence of disease and disease outbreaks in different populations and sub-populations. Coloured jelly beans were used to represent different populations and sub-populations.
Students reported that they had increased their problem solving and analytical skills – and had lots of fun during the activities. Analysing data can be fun!