R4DS January Challenge: get involved!

Happy New Year!

I love the start of the New Year for so many reasons, but one of my favorites is the never-ending stream of motivational word art that populates a good 98% of every social media feed for 31 whole days, like so:

Another reason for loving the start of 2018 is that we’re kicking off the next iteration of the R for Data Science Online Learning Community! So if you’re joining us for January, consider participating in the January Challenge.


Mentor challenge

Choose one of the six content channels within Slack, corresponding to the major sections in the R for Data Science text, and commit to showing up for at least five minutes a day, five days a week, for the month of January.

“Showing up” can take on a couple of formats:

  • Read through people’s questions and discussions for the day
  • Answer questions or provide guidance
  • Use emoticons to respond to people’s questions or statements

Learner challenge

Choose one of the six content channels within Slack, corresponding to the major sections in the R for Data Science text, and commit to working through that section for at least fifteen minutes a day, three days a week, for the month of January.

Then commit to showing up for five minutes a day, five days a week, in the corresponding Slack channel.

“Showing up” can take on a couple of formats:

  • Read through people’s questions and discussions for the day
  • Ask your own questions about something you’re working on–nothing is too basic/simple/easy a question!
  • Answer questions other people have or provide guidance
  • Use emoticons to respond to people’s questions or statements

And then…

Feel free to share what you’re learning, as it’s a fantastic way to help others learn!

There’s no formal accountability method for this challenge, but feel free to create data visualizations, blog posts, and/or tweets and share them with the community!

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