Seventeen new Trainers have recently been badged to teach new Instructors. Join us in welcoming to our community Tania Allard, Anne C. Axel, Mik Black, Murray Cadzow, Mesfin Diro, Caroline Fadeke Ajilogba, Anne Fouilloux, Alejandra Gonzalez-Beltran, Claire Hardgrove, Toby Hodges, SherAaron Hurt, Senzo Mpungose, David Perez-Suarez, Juliane Schneider, Nicholas Tierney, Jessica Upani, Elizabeth Williams. Read more.
We have recently updated the program, adding some session leads, keynote speech titles, and links to abstracts and lightning talks. There is still room for lightning talks [submit your idea], and we urge people to submit posters. We are now able to offer on-campus accommodation at UCD for €69 euros a night (single room/ensuite bathroom). The website has all the up to date information. Buy tickets here. Follow news on the new CarpentryCon Twitter feed.
The deadline to apply to either be a mentor or a mentee has been extended to 30 March. Mentors are instructors who have taught two or more workshops. Mentees are community members who have taught fewer than one workshop. To apply to be a mentor, complete this form
. Mentee applicants complete this form
. This has been a great program for both mentors and mentees so think about getting involved.
Join a Mentoring Meeting
To mix things up, the Mentoring Sub-committee are testing new ‘themed’ discussion sessions. Themed sessions will be interspersed with the usual discussion sessions that Instructors attend either pre- or post-workshop, or for instructor checkout. The themed sessions are designed to answer specific questions but they can be used for checkout as well. The first, on 23 March, discussed how to run a workshop with limited or no funding. The next, on 10 April, will look at workshop feedback. See the etherpad for upcoming topics and times.
The Mentoring Sub-committee is always on the lookout for new ideas, and would like to expand its pool of members, so please feel free to join one of the meetings. You don’t have to be a sub-committee member to attend - just drop in. Find out times and dates on the etherpad
African Task Force - Revival and Plans
Over the past five years, the Carpentries have gained considerable traction in Africa. Since the first online instructor training in 2015, an estimated 50 workshops have taken place in more than eight countries across the continent. However a number of trainee instructors did not complete their certification. For those who did, there were few opportunities to teach. The African Task Force has been revived to assist trainees to certify as instructors, to mentor instructors and helpers before they teach workshops, and to nurture a healthy African Carpentries community of instructors. Read more.
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What you may have missed on the blog and mailing lists
Lex Nederbragt started a long thread on Discuss about reading code aloud (also known as code phonology). He quoted a paper by Felienne Hermans, which will be relevant to all of us who teach coding. Lots of people weighed in with symbols to be added or with alternative names for symbols, and a list has been added by Rayna Harris to the Spanish translations of shell and git. The issue of ‘inverted Carpentries’ or flipped classrooms also got another airing on the list. For those who would like to use videos to assist in workshops, see this thread which also links to Sarah Stevens’s videos on installing a number of software packages.
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