This webinar series is an orientation to R. We start with an overview of R’s history and place in the larger data science ecosystem. Next, we introduce the R Studio user interface and how to access R’s excellent documentation. Finally, we present the fundamental concepts you need to use the R environment and language for data analysis. Along the way, we compare R script files (.R) to R Notebook (.Rmd) files and show how the features of R Notebook support better communication and encourage more dynamic engagement with statistical analysis and code. It is helpful to be familiar with tabular data analysis using statistical software, database tools, or spreadsheet programs. Workshop materials, including setup directions and slides are available at https://github.com/CornellCAC/r_for_edu/ The Rstudio Cloud project used in the workshop is https://rstudio.cloud/project/4044219.