[R] Input appreciated: R teaching idea + a way to improve R-wiki

Matthew Keller mckellercran at gmail.com
Mon Oct 22 01:44:46 CEST 2007

Hi all,

I will be teaching a graduate-level course on R at CU Boulder next
semester. I have a teaching idea that might also help improve the R
wiki page... I wanted to know what you all thought of it and wanted to
solicit some advice about doing it.

During the latter part of the course, students will choose a topic of
interest (e.g., hierarchical linear modeling), and show how to achieve
it in R. They would present their findings to the class, and would
also be responsible for writing a concise but well-written "How To"
manual on the topic. These would be ~ 5-10 pages and would include
basic background of the statistical procedure and a commented example
with code in R. The goal would be for these to read like Baron & Li's
"Notes on the use of R for psychology experiments and questionnaires."

Originally I was going to post these as PDFs on my own web-page and
let them grow into a compendium of how-to manuals as I teach this
course over the years. However, perhaps a better idea, and one that
probably benefits more people, is to have my students post their short
manuals (not as PDFs but rather typed in) on the R-wiki page.

Does this seem like a good idea to folks?

Another question has to do with how barren the current R wiki page
is... is it still being actively developed or has the community given
up on it?

Finally, any thoughts on where on the R-wiki site we should post our
"How To" manuals? The "tips and tricks" section seems to barely be
more than snippets of conversations from this list-serve (often sans
the context). My guess is that the "Guides" section is where these
should go.

Your input would be most appreciated. Best,


Matthew C Keller
Asst. Professor of Psychology
University of Colorado at Boulder

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