Jasper McChesney is a data professional, with over a dozen years' experience working in analytics, visualization, and information design -- in domains spanning biological science to human resources, to digital advocacy. His data. visualization work has won awards and been featured by various news outlets.
He is also a semi-regular instructor, and has taught introductory programming to students from a wide range of backgrounds (sometimes with LEGO robots). He has a formal training in both the life sciences and the humanities, and enjoys teaching those who don't come from a technical background.
Mr. McChesney's teaching philosophy is to emphasize learning by doing, the repetition of key concepts, and scaffolding new knowledge on old. His lectures are casual, and he avoids talking down to his audience. Past students have said:
"He has a very effective explanation style. I've taken similar classes in the past but never understood as much as I do in this class."
"Jasper was very understanding and kind. He really wanted us to learn R and be able to use it effectively."
"Jasper is an excellent lecturer. His assignments were not exhausting nor impossible. He really has a talent for designing homework problems."
Jasper McChesney currently works as a senior data analyst for a major public university.