On Site Workshops

Workshops presented at your site are usually far more interactive and successful than webinars or online videos. These are the general steps followed for an on-site workshop; the actual days and topics are determined by the needs of the client.

Around 4-6 weeks in advance: Set the agenda, sign written proposal locking in date. Often several clients are considering a particular date. The first one who signs gets that date.

One week before workshop: The instructor sends the workshop files that include: instructions for installing R, RStudio, the R packages that we’ll use, detailed notes in R Markdown and PDF formats, example programs, exercise problems, and exercise solutions. Files are installed in the computer lab or distributed to participants to install on their laptops.

Monday before workshop: Meet on site with a system administrator to ensure files are all set up correctly. There’s often something missing, but it’s usually easy to fix in an hour or two in a computer lab. If there is no computer lab, we hold a “setup meeting” where everyone brings their laptops to test the installation.

Tuesday: First day of basic R training, 9:00 to 5:00 with an hour break for lunch. If laptop users were unable to set up in advance, we can start at 8:00 to do the installations. Tip: arrange for lunch on-site to avoid delays.

Wednesday: Second day of basic R training.

Thursday: Optional data management training. While optional, it’s such a fundamental topic that it’s generally taken by everyone. If the organization already has R experts, they often attend just this topic.

Friday: Second day of data management.

At End of the Workshop: Participants will have a short e-book (via R Markdown) on each topic, containing all the course code and output, as well as their own notes taken during the workshop. Participants will fill out a brief online survey reporting how they liked various aspects of the training. A report is available immediately afterward for management.

Following week: Participants send their questions to the instructor via email or, if it gets complicated, phone, or Skype. There is no limit on asking course-specific questions (no additional charge), but they tend to fade out after a week or two.