But it’s not all about showmanship and entertainment – James knows that learning happens through repetition, immersion, personal application and questioning. His lectures are all available as Echo Lecture recordings, so that students can review aspects they didn’t quite catch the first time. James was actually one of the first teachers at the LSE to create personal recordings of his material to aid his students’ progress, even before personal capture was rolled out across the School! He offers example workshops and help sessions, a sort of extended mass office hours for students who need or want a little more help. He uses a Q&A forum on Moodle where students can ask even more questions about the material. And he knows how to tell the story of why the analysis of statistical data is of vital importance to social science research.
This year, James was highly commended for the award of inspirational teaching, as voted for by students.
“Absolutely no other academic can match the charisma, passion or intellect of Dr James Abdey. His innovative and ‘out of the box’ teaching style makes learning statistics fun and pleasurable.”
“…his contact hours are unrivalled by other departments.”
When he doesn’t expend his energy on making LSE students appreciate the usefulness of his subject, he spreads the word in the wider world. He connects the reliability of statistical data with the unreliability –or un-knowability- of the human psyche, going in for market research, forensics, and even romantic love.