Years ago, I lost my temper while arguing with my brother, and said, "Jeff, I could teach you everything I know and you'd still be an idiot." Please keep that in mind as you read this site.

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Concept Maps

Inspired by Daniela Soto’s awesome concept map of the Carpentries’ instructor training, I’ve drawn some for the lessons I’ve been writing for RStudio. Whatev...
March 31, 2019

Online Teaching Setup

As I mentioned last week, Garrett Grolemund and I have been teaching RStudio’s instructor training and certification online, and I’m pretty pleased with our ...
March 30, 2019

Curriculum Roadmap

“PythonSneks: An Open-Source, Instructionally-Designed Introductory Curriculum with Action-Design Research” by Bart, Sarver, Friend, and Cox is one of my fav...
March 30, 2019

You Should Talk to HR

I was recently reminded that a lot of people in tech think HR’s only responsibilities are hiring, benefits, and firing. That’s not how it’s supposed to work:...
March 27, 2019


There are some threads right now on Twitter and on various forums I belong to about life after grad school—more specifically, about how little support grad s...
March 24, 2019