Carpentry Clippings, 27 March, 2018 

Highlights from the Software and Data Carpentry Community Calendar

First Lessons in Spanish
Months of work by a team of dedicated people has resulted in the first Spanish translations of the shell and git Software Carpentry lessons. The news was announced in bilingual posts - read all about it in Spanish or English - and though it was hard work, translating these lessons has been very rewarding. As one contributor said: “It was a great experience. I loved the work environment and enthusiasm of the group.” This is a fantastic milestone for our community.

Join Us for a Carpentries Bug BBQ, 12-13 April
Put April 12-13 in your diaries as that will be a 24-hour push to improve a number of our lessons, and get some lessons (social science and geospatial) ready for their first publication on Zenodo. See the Bug BBQ site for a full list of what lessons are being tackled, and how you can get involved. Read the blog post about the Bug BBQ.

Tractenberg Webinar: Summary
All thanks to Marianne Corvellec and Karen Word for a great write up of the recent webinar with Dr. Rochelle Tractenberg from Georgetown University. The webinar discussed whether workshops work, and ways we can leverage educational psychology to improve our teaching. Read more.

Have Your Say on Software Carpentry Mission and Lessons
Post-merger, former Software Carpentry Steering Committee members Rayna Harris and Christina Koch began investigating what Software Carpentry needs as a sub-community to grow and thrive in the future. One goal is a restatement of Software Carpentry’s mission, with a second goal to improve support for maintaining and curating existing lessons. Now they want to hear from the community. Read more.

Date Claimer: Third RSE Conference, UK, 3-4 September, 2018
A call for submissions (talks and posters) has gone out for those interested in presenting at the third Research Software Engineers conference to be held at the University of Birmingham, UK, on 3-4 September 2018. The conference is keen to encourage speakers whose careers are still in the early stages. Submissions from RSEs working in the social sciences and humanities are also particularly encouraged as these disciplines have been under-represented at earlier conferences. Details here.

Mini Workshop at NSBE
Kari Jordan and Sarah Brown presented a mini-Carpentries workshop at the 44th Annual Convention of the National Society of Black Engineers in Pittsburgh. The convention ran from 21-25 March (despite the snow!). The mini-workshop included material from Software Carpentry’s Python lesson, and attendees learned about opportunities to get involved with The Carpentries.

Community News

New Trainers
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.

Subcommittee Activity

CarpentryCon Update
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.

Mentoring Groups
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. 

Themed Discussions
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.

Join a Mentoring Meeting
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.


Tweet of the Week

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.

Papers & manuscripts from the community

Community job postings

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