NICAR15 will offer a record number of hands-on classes throughout the conference in eight classrooms. You’ll find topics ranging from introductory tutorials in data analysis to advanced sessions on programming in more than 100 classes. These classes are first come, first served and tend to fill up quickly.

This year, to help with the demand, we’re trying something new: We’ve created a survey to help gauge interest in various classes. If you’re planning on attending the conference in Atlanta March 5-8 we’d like you to take a few minutes and complete the survey to tell us which classes you’re most interested in attending. We’ll keep the survey open through Tuesday, Jan. 27. At that time we’ll tally the votes to help us plan repeats of the most popular sessions.

Please note: In addition to the open classes, a limited number of longer hands-on workshops require preregistration and an additional fee. These workshops are not included in the survey but you can find out more about them here.

IRE has been offering hands-on classes since 1993 in Raleigh — the first computer-assisted reporting conference. We’ve always worked hard to make this conference a place where journalists can get practical hands-on training in software, tools and techniques.