[R] GUI's for teaching

Jonathan Baron baron at cattell.psych.upenn.edu
Tue Jun 25 14:26:15 CEST 2002

I have done some teaching with R, both to grad students in a
course and undergrads doing independent study.  I do think that a
GUI would make them like it more, but an alternative is a
reference card.

I have written one and plan to revise it before the fall (by
breaking it into two pages, one devoted largely to graphics).  It
serves some of the functions of the gui, namely, reminding people
who do not use a program every day of the basic commands.  (I
think this is the big problem.  If you use R, or anything, every
day, then you can remember what you need.  But students do not do
this, even many graduate students.)

The reference card is in the contributed documents section of
CRAN and below.  Students do use it.  But a GUI would make them
happier (but not enough for me to spend time trying to make

Jonathan Baron, Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
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