Re: [R] Using R in a university course: dealing with proposal comments

From: Longinus <kenneth.chui_at_gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2008 07:00:55 -0800 (PST)

I will also evaluate what did the students used before in the introductory statistics class and how proficient they have become in using it. If they only barely touched it, I will use my class as a chance to further refine their familiarity with the software they saw before. Tool is tool, I consider it's more important to use at least one tool, regardless of if it's trendy or free or user-friendly, really well rather than being able to juggle many softwares superficially.

SPSS, despite of its price, is still widely recognized. I wouldn't feel too bad teaching it. However, I will definitely shift the focus to syntax writing from GUI so that the students will be better prepared for other command based softwares.

Ken



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