Like many things posted to the #rstats hashtag on Twitter, a recent post requesting resources related to using R Markdown led to a number of helpful ones. The post was in the context of learning R and R Markdown for research- related projects in education.
I shared many of the resources (and the post) with a graduate research assistant and thought about meeting one-on-one to review and walk through them. But, there are a few others at my institution who are also interested in learning R. So I thought to share the plan with and invite others - including those outside my institution to join in. Why not (don’t answer this)?
Here’s the plan:
- This Friday, May 15, from noon - 1:00 pm EST, we’ll meet to discuss using R Markdown
- The conversation will be situated in the context of educational research and education
- Beginners welcome; R Markdown is possibly a great way to start to use R (though you can do a lot with it as the foundation)
- First 20 minutes, an introduction to R and R Markdown
- Second 20 minutes, you working through an R Markdown document (more on how in the next point)
- Last 20 minutes discussion/questions and answers
- We’ll use RStudio Cloud, so folks can get started with zero prerequisites
- Throughout, I’ll draw on the resources shared about R Markdown
- I’ll record and host the video (probably on Vimeo) for others to view in the future
This is thus especially for those in education - students, researchers, as well as data analysts/scientists - though anyone is welcome to join. Part of the premise of the book my co-authors and I wrote on data science in education is that it can be helpful to learn data science on the terms that are meaningful to you.
Teachers interested in using R to teach their students (in any content area) are (very) welcome. If any receive this message, high school or middle school-aged students (who can learn to use R) interested in learning R are welcome.
There’s a short sign-up form with only a question for your email address and the extent of your prior experience using R Markdown and why you’re interested in joining (mostly to weed out spammers), I’ll send a Zoom link before the workshop/conversation and won’t use your email address for any other purpose: https://forms.gle/kbopkbNdXfeJBEqm7
There are a lot of communities in which (and through) you can learn R; this is not one of them - it’s intended to be a one-off (somewhat random!) event - but I’ll point to those as some next steps for anyone who is interested.
If there is another webinar/conversation like this, it will likely be on git/GitHub.