Many students believe that R is obscure, complex, and difficult to write. However, data from a new large-scale survey of R users conducted by RStudio shows that new R users are taking dramatically different learning paths from those who learned R as recently as 2 years ago, and these new learning paths are changing its perception. In this talk, we’ll present this new survey data, describe how new tools and techniques for teaching R can satisfy the demands of today’s R learners, and outline a vision for adding millions of new R users to our community.
Carl Howe is the Director of Education at Posit and has been a dedicated R user since 2002. Carl leads a team of professional educators and data scientists at Posit whose mission is to train the next million R users globally. Carl regularly teaches workshops on topics such as reproducible R Markdown and Posit’s Pro Products to help R beginners become productive more quickly. Carl lives with his wife Carolyn in Stow, Massachusetts at the pleasure of his two cats.