eCOTS 2016 - Panel - Teaching with R: Free and Extendable

Presented by:

JJ Allaire, Mine Cetinkaya-Rundel, Chester Ismay, and Randall Pruim


This panel on teaching with R will discuss the use of this free and extendable software in teaching statistics. In particular, the following questions will be addressed, in addition to questions from the audience:

  1. Would you recommend using R for an intro stat course where most of the students will only take that one course in statistics? What do you see as the pros and cons?
  2. In what ways can grading be easier and more effective for student learning using R and R Markdown instead of methods that have been used in the past?
  3. How frequently do you recommend having students use R in your course? Weekly in labs or every class period/more frequently?
  4. Do you teach your courses using R in a computer lab or in a classroom? Do you have experience with each set-up and which do you prefer?
  5. Do you suggest using an RStudio Server setup or having local installations of RStudio on the student machines? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?
  6. What types of majors do you have in your intro course? Do you think that this affects your choice of using R versus another package?


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Teaching with R