May 2017 Carpentries Community Newsletter

Community News

Data and Software Carpentry are recruiting new Instructor Trainers. Trainers are committed to helping new instructors become familiar and comfortable with Carpentry teaching practices and principles. For more information about what Trainers do and how to apply, check out our blog post.

A big thank you to all who have applied to become a part of the Carpentry Instructor community. Through recent growth in our Trainers group, we are now able to start offering more instructor training events for individuals, in addition to those we already offer for our member organizations. If you applied for instructor training in the past, but have not yet been able to attend an event, look for more information from us in the coming weeks. Thank you for your patience!

A new repo has been created for community members interested in working on assessment projects. During our staff’s next work cycle, Data Carpentry’s Deputy Director of Assessment will be leading several assessment related projects via GitHub. Get involved by tackling an issue, or contribute your own analyses via pull request.

Data Carpentry’s Deputy Director of Assessment, Dr. Kari Jordan will be presenting “Learning to Code isn’t enough. Training as a pathway to improve diversity” at JupyterCon in New York this August. Using evidence from training impact surveys, Kari will explore training as a way to onboard individuals, in particular, women and persons of color, to use Jupyter notebooks. JupyterCon is presented by the NumFOCUS Foundation and O’Reilly Media. Save 20% on most individual passes with discount code Jordan20.

Subcommittee Activity

The Trainer group adopted an Instructor Trainer Agreement.

The Trainers are starting planning for our next publication of the Instructor Training curriculum.

What you may have missed on the blog and mailing lists

Papers & manuscripts from the community

Job Postings

  • Solutions Architect - This is an exciting opportunity to make a significant contribution to the New Zealand research landscape by working within the New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI).
  • Research Software Developer - The UCL Research Software Development Group is hiring! If you’ve created and/or maintained software to address research problems, apply now.

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