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Seeking Help Module #272

hkronenb opened this Issue May 25, 2017 · 3 comments


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hkronenb commented May 25, 2017

Earlier today I participated in a live coding demo session led by Erin Becker using this module and my group came up with a couple of suggestions for improvements.

  1. The first thing that looks like example code is not actually code. I put this as a comment in my demo but I think additionally it would be good to just have a little more explanation: "This is the basic format for how you would ask for help for a function in R"
  2. It is a little odd that "dput" is what we use as an example maybe it would make more sense if we asked for help on something we had already use or will use in the next section.
  3. Maybe instead of focusing on using help for those two challenge questions in the module it would be better to integrate asking R for help throughout all the modules. That encourages students to make a habit of using the help function in R.

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naupaka commented May 27, 2017

I agree - I think one and two would be easy fixes and I'd be happy to review a PR with those changes. The third one is also a good idea, but would be a good bit more work.


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ErinBecker commented Jun 5, 2017

@naupaka - One easy way to integrate suggestion 3 would be to add a callout to learners about using the help function a couple of times throughout the lessons. It could also be added as a tip to instructors in the instructor notes. What do you think?


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naupaka commented Jun 6, 2017

Sure, I am definitely on board with more reminders to check help scattered throughout the lessons. Just seems like a big project to do it consistently and thoughtfully across all lessons and I didn't want to request that it all had to be done in one PR.

fmichonneau pushed a commit that referenced this issue Jun 19, 2018

Merge pull request #272 from rgaiacs/remove-root-and-layout
Remove root and layout from YAML for boilerplate
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