Workshops presented at your site are usually far more interactive and successful than webinars or online videos. These are the steps usually followed for an on site workshop.
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 PowerPoint, example programs, exercise problems, exercise solutions. Files are installed in computer lab or distributed to participants to install on their laptops.
Monday before workshop: Meet on site with 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 get 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 has R experts, they often attend just this day.
Friday Morning: Optional special topics: data mining, forecasting. These topics are often skipped if group is starting as R beginners.
At End of the Workshop: participants fill out a brief online survey reporting how they liked various aspects of the training. A report is available immediately afterwards 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 charge), but they tend to fade out after a week or two.