How to create the best Interactive R Language Online Learning Platform from the views of R community?

January 26, 2012

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How to create the best Interactive R Language Online Learning Platform from the views of R community?:

R offers a breadth and depth in statistical computing beyond what is available in commercial closed source products. Yet R remains, primarily, a programming language for the highly skilled statistician, and out of the reach of many. —- The R Journal Vol. ½, December 2009

As stated, R is the best tool and is the lingua franca of statistics. But many people, especially my students found difficulties to use R.

I wish to make an interactive R Learning Platform, called CloudStat School.

The best way to learn R programming is doing while learning.

In CloudStat School, you will see a console box at your top left hand side, while the lesson notes at your top right. Bottom is the output box. Anything you “Run” in console box will be shown as a result in the output box.

So, while learning the notes, you can “run” the R examples immediately without open another windows, software or tabs. You can do it in a page.

I did make a simple working prototype: Lesson 1: Overview of R Language & CloudStat School

The prototype is simply integrating R Web that hosted in Pôle Bioinformatique Lyonnais in iframe.

If many of you think that this idea great, I would start making a better version.

This is my current simple idea, hope to get some feedback from you.

Thanks a lot.

p/s: Question had been asking in Stats.StackExchange . You might answer there.

Tags: cloudstat school, R Language, newbie, tutorial, Learn R

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