I'm using Rstudio Cloud to teach intro stats for the first time. I had students download RStudio last year, but faced constant 'tech support' issues with packages and data imports not working. I decided to use the Cloud version this year so I could set everything up for the students in advance.
So, I set up a shared space for my class and created an initial project that I designated as an Assignment. I installed a couple of packages (dplyr, ggplot2) and then loaded them with the 'library' command. I also loaded some stuff into the global environment (one data frame, which I then "attached" so the variables could be referenced by name without the $ convention, and a few generic vectors).
When students accessed the assignment today, thereby creating their own copies of the project, none of the items in the global environment were copied over, and the packages were installed but not loaded (i.e. no check mark by their names). Is this normal? I assumed everything would copy over.
If this is normal behavior for RStudio Cloud's 'assignments' feature, what can I do to most effectively accomplish my goal of having everything set up when students start an assignment (so they don't have to do any loading of packages or data)? I could not find anything on this topic in the community forum.
Thanks for your help.