Katie-KormanikHello! I’m Katie, and I’ll be explaining most of the concepts in Udacity’s Elementary Statistics course. There are many reasons to get excited about Elementary Statistics, which you can take this summer for college credit with San Jose State University.

I’m excited about teaching this class because statistics is an incredibly useful science centered around describing and analyzing data. There are many ways of doing so, and in this class you’ll learn the most standard and practical methods, and gain an intuitive sense of why these methods are useful.

Another reason to learn statistics with me: You’ll learn how to use spreadsheets! Alongside gaining a conceptual foundation for understanding these concepts, by the end of the class you’ll be able to describe and analyze data both by hand and in Google spreadsheets. Proficiency in using spreadsheets can be beneficial both in your career and personal life, as spreadsheets are a great organizational tool. You’ll also be able to interpret the results of statistical software.

We also teach statistical research methods. Here, I hit the streets to ask how to define and measure constructs like happiness.

The nice thing about an online class is that you can start whenever, wherever. Even if you aren’t sure if you want to take the entire class, feel free to dabble in the material! I think you’ll enjoy the class’s format, visuals, and real-world examples. If you want to take the course for college credit, make sure to sign up by May 24th. We would love to hear about your experience in the forums!

Katie Kormanik
Udacity Course Developer