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Webinar Series

StatPREP webinars help instructors to familiarize themselves both with lessons and the underlying techniques for teaching data-centric data. All webinars can be participated in live in real time. Video recordings are available soon after the live webinar.

Upcoming Webinars

4:00 EDT, 3:00 CDT, 2:00 MDT, 1:00 PDT. Connect a few minutes early, if you can, by following the link below to the notes for the webinar. You’ll find the link to the webinar at the top of the notes.

  • Friday Oct 27, 2017 Starting RStudio
  • Friday Nov 17, 2017 (link to be posted) Writing a tutorial

Past Webinars

Webinar How to …

We use the Zoom meeting software.

You might want to watch this little video sketch. But really all you need to do is direct your browser to the link labeled “link to the live webinar” under the day’s webinar, click it, and respond to the instructions in the obvious way.

Here are some tips for participating.

Friday Oct 27, 2017

Using RStudio to manage your website and write course handouts.

You can start teaching with StatPREP without having to set up any statistical software; all our tutorials are available through an ordinary web browser. But many instructors are interested in going deeper. In particular, we’ve had many calls for instruction on how to use RStudio to create your own documents or customize those available through StatPREP.

To get you started, you’ll have your own online version of RStudio — we’ll set it up for you. We’ll start by introducing the RStudio editor, which enables you to revise documents or create new ones. You’ll learn how to link your RStudio account to GitHub so that you can manage your course web site from within RStudio. You’ll also see how to create documents for class handouts: simultaneously generating printable PDF and web versions.

  • Preliminary: It’s nice if you can have the following available to you. But if you don’t, you can see how to set them up after the webinar.
  • Contact us [HOW?] so that we can set-up an RStudio account for you. (You can also use the desktop version of RStudio, but to keep things simple starting out we recommend you use the web version we’ll set up for you.)
  • A GitHub website, as covered in an earlier webinar: Setting up your course web site.

Video recording of the webinar will be available here.

Also of interest:
– Setting up your own course web site](#Webinar-2017-09-29)
Writing a tutorial in RStudio

Friday Nov 17, 2017

Writing your own R tutorial document

Building on the editing techniques introduced in a previous webinar, you’ll build your own interactive tutorial.

Video recording of the webinar will be available here.

Also of interest:
Using RStudio to manage your website and write course handouts.
Deploying your tutorial

Friday Sept. 29, 2017

Setting up your own course web site

4:00 EDT, 3:00 CDT, 2:00 MDT, 1:00 PDT. Connect a few minutes early, if you can.

Link to the live webinar

A course web site is an essential resource for an instructor: it provides a place for you to post links to StatPREP lessons as well other tutorial material and data sets of particular interest to you and even your own course handouts. Many instructors have access to “course management software” systems such as Blackboard or Moodle to which students can log in and view a home page. We’ll focus on another approach which requires no institutional resources and uses a completely free web service: GitHub. In the webinar, we’ll go through the steps of setting up a GitHub account and a course “repository” which serves a complete website with an address like ProfAndrews.github.io/Stat4110 (where you’ll customize the ID and course name to suit your situation). Then we’ll demonstrate how to create a web page that can include links to StatPREP tutorials and other resources you choose, upload data sets so your students can easily access them, and all the other things that can make your course more accessible and engaging for students.

  • Follow-up requirements: An ordinary web browser is all you need to set up and customize your web site.

As always, members of the StatPREP team will be available for one-on-one help after the webinar.

Video recording of the webinar presented on September 29, 2017 on GitHub.com.