I have wrapped up the Reproducible Research course on Coursera. The basic idea of this course is ideally you need to create a log or journal of all the steps you have taken when doing research. This course introduced me to a way of making my work in R reproducible using Markdown. It also introduced me to RPubs which is a great site.
Having to write out what you did instead of telling yourself you will remember what you did and moving on seems time consuming but it is wise. I have learned this lesson in doing family history research and, in fact, have a blog where I keep all my research steps. It has proven to be a valuable resource so I’m sold on this idea in quantitative research.
I am awaiting my grade but I’m starting two new courses: Statistical Inference taught by Johns Hopkins University and Data Analysis and Statistical Inference taught by Duke University. We’ll see how I manage with two classes.