Communicating Results

Due: Dec 06 by 11:59pm

Weight: This assignment is worth 1% of your final grade.

Purpose: The purpose of this assignment is to learn some tips for effectively communicating the results of your analyses to others. We will look at strategies for giving effective presentations / speeches as well as best practices for designing slides.

Assessment: This assignment is graded using a check system:

  • ✔+ (110%): Responses shows phenomenal thought and engagement with the course content. I will not assign these often.
  • ✔ (100%): Responses are thoughtful, well-written, and show engagement with the course content. This is the expected level of performance.
  • ✔− (50%): Responses are hastily composed, too short, and/or only cursorily engages with the course content. This grade signals that you need to improve next time. I will hopefully not assign these often.

Notice that this is essentially a pass/fail system. I’m not grading your writing ability and I’m not counting the number of words you write - I’m looking for thoughtful engagement. One or two sentences is not enough. Write at least a paragraph and show me that you did the readings assigned.

1. Get Organized

Download and edit this template when working through this assignment.

Then unzip the template folder (make sure you unzip it!), then open the .Rproj file to open RStudio. Open the hw12.Rmd file, take notes, and write some example code as you go through the following.

2. Video

Watch this video on how to start a speech:

3. Readings

We’ll be discussing good techniques for telling a story this week. These readings will be a good primer:

4. Reflect

For your final reflection, in addition to any thoughts that emerged when going through the above content, write about a talk or presentation you saw that you found particularly impactful. Was there anything memorable about it that made the presenter’s message stick? Do you remember how the speaker began or ended their talk?

5. Knit

Click the “knit” button to compile your hw12.Rmd file into a html web page. Then open the hw12.html file in a web browser and proofread your report. Does all of the formatting look correct?

6. Submit

To submit this assignment, create a zip file of all the files in your R project folder for this assignment. Name the zip file, replacing netID with your netID (e.g., Then copy that zip file into the “submissions” folder in your Box folder created for this class.