Wouldn't it be great if we knew why and how people learn R? Wouldn't you like to know what's keeping new R learners from taking the plunge?
To answer these questions, RStudio is fielding a survey to better understand how and why people learn the R language. We encourage anyone who is interested in learning R or has learned R over any period of years to respond. The survey should only require 5 to 10 minutes of your time, depending on how little or how much information you choose to share with us. You can find the survey here:
If you have an interest in R, but haven't learned it yet, that's fine too! The survey has specific questions for you, and your responses will help us better understand how we can be more encouraging to you and others like you.
I plan to present a summary of this data as part of my talk titled "The Next Million R Users" at rstudio::conf 2019, and will open-source the data on GitHub shortly thereafter. Educators and data scientists who wish to analyze the data for themselves will then be able to do.
For those interested in this data, please ask your students, Twitter followers, Ultimate Frisbee team, and anyone else interested in R to complete the survey. Your promotional efforts could help R educators and users understand and grow our community.
You will find a full disclosure of what information will be collected and how it will be used on the first page of the survey. The survey does not collect personally identifiable information nor email addresses, but it does have optional demographic questions.
Thank you in advance for your consideration and time!
Carl Howe (@cdhowe)
Director of Education