DataMind: FREE Online Interactive Learning Platform for R

Check an early stage beta, which offers an in-browser coding environment, exercise-based learning-by-doing, and aims to build a fun learning experience for data analysis and R, while allowing anyone to create courses! Enroll in the “Summer of R”, focuses on three things:

  • make the educational experience interactive and fun for students,
  • make the platform and the content available for free, and
  • stimulate content creation by the community

Our focus on interactivity and fun is driven by our believe that you learn data analytics by doing! We do not believe in copying the classroom online. That is why all our courses are constructed around an in-browser coding interface, allowing users to start coding R from day one with the help of instant feedback. Over time, challenges and competitions will be added to courses as well, so users can also interact with each other.

We were inspired to start this project by innovative start-ups who offer interactive web development courses. These start-ups put a focus on learning-by-doing through in-browser coding, elements of gamification, and community provided content. It turned out this approach was a huge hit, but we got frustrated it didn’t exist for R and data analysis. Having experience in teaching statistics, we were convinced data analytics education could greatly benefit from such a didactic approach that focuses on learning-by-doing. Next, the data science industry itself is experiencing a huge increase in popularity. And last but not least, we strongly believe data analytics and its visualisation needs a somewhat tailored learning approach compared to web development.

… At you can check out an early stage beta version of the platform and enroll in our first course“Summer of R”, aimed at those new to R that want to master the basics so they can start doing their own analysis.

If you feel enthusiastic about this project, and want to create interactive courses either for academic purposes, professional reasons or just for fun. Or if you have suggestions, feedback, questions … Email to (We would love feedback!)

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