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Of Teacups, Giraffes, & R Markdown
February 6, 2020
How do you make your R Markdown lessons feel friendly for learners you’ll never meet? How do you make it engaging so they sit and stay a while? How do you make it memorable so they come back to visit again? In this talk, I’ll share lessons learned from my experience of making a series of online statistics modules (co-authored by Hasse Walum) that feel accessible and fun-- housed entirely in an R Markdown site, complete with a whimsical, illustrated narrative about teacup giraffes. I’ll show how adding good characters with your audience in mind, good design, and good play helped me make the most of HTML output. To help you get started, I’ll share resources that Alison Hill and I have developed--including a series of cookbooks and out-of-the-box templates-- so that you will have a leg up on applying these ideas to R Markdown collections of your own.
I am neuroscience PhD student at Emory University and also a former summer intern at RStudio. This past summer, I worked with Alison Hill to develop a handbook filled with practical advice and resources for educators who teach with R and RStudio. I enjoy spending my time on collaborative projects that involve coding, teaching, and illustration.