Information Services Division


Getting started with Markdown

22 November 2022, 2:00 pm–3:30 pm

students wearing face coverings working on computers

Markdown is a lightweight markup language that allows the creation of formatted documents using only plain text. It is designed so that it can be converted to many formats using conversion tools such as Pandoc. Markdown is often used to format readme files, for blogging, and to create rich text reports for reproducible research that combine analytical code and narrative.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

UCL staff | UCL students






ISD Digital Skills Development

In this course we will learn how to create and render basic documents using both plain text editors (such as Notepad++) and Pandoc, and the integrated programming environment RStudio.


The course will take place online on Teams.  The joining link will be sent to you in the joining instructions at least one day before the start of the course.


At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • explain the advantages of using plaint text for document creation
  • author basic documents using Notepad++ and RStudio and use simple formatting
  • typeset simple mathematical expressions
  • insert links and images
  • insert citations and reference lists using markdown and BibTeX
  • Render a document to HTML, PDF or Microsoft Word formats

How to book

Follow the link above and click on the Enrol button to book via MyLearning.  Please note that you must be on the UCL network in order to use MyLearning, either by being on campus, by using Desktop@UCL or being connected to the UCL VPN.

About the organiser

Find out more about ISD Digital Skills Development.