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Carpentries Clippings, 24 March 2021

Tweet of The Week

Kirstie Whitaker @kirstie_j
“Open source training materials!” —@MattForshaw

Oh yeah! That’s something we should absolutely be investing in to improve digital skills in the UK. We should be putting funding into initiatives like @thecarpentries!

Enjoying the #AIUK panel discussion: Mind the skills gap!
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Community News & Updates from Our Committees / Task Forces

We Stand With Our Community Members of Asian Descent
Please take a moment to read Executive Director of The Carpentries, Dr. Kari L. Jordan’s statement of solidarity with Carpentries community members of Asian descent.

Read the Statement

The Carpentries has launched a Podcast!
The Carpentries’ podcast is a way for us to share conversations and discussions of interest to our community in a format that is portable and accessible. The goal is to ensure that our community is able to interact with us in whatever way they choose to do so. 

Listen or download the current episodes at the Carpentries Podcast page!

African Carpentries Community Monthly Meetups
The African Carpentries Community monthly meetups have been running since 2017. Here we discuss topics that are of interest to our instructors in the African context, including available resources, opportunities, events, and more. Join our first session, on 25 March 2021 12:00 - 13:00 SAST/10:00-11:00 UTC. You can signup on our Etherpad.

The topic of the month: An introduction to Github

Highlights from the Carpentries Community Calendar

Community Discussions and Themed Discussions in The Carpentries are a great way to interact with, learn from and share your knowledge and experiences with other Carpentries community members from around the world. Subscribe to our community calendar for updates on community calls that may pique your interest and are in a befitting hour depending on your timezone and schedule. You can also watch some of our recorded community calls on our YouTube channel.
  • Carpentries Community Discussion with Scott C Peterson: 30 March, 18:00 UTC
  • Carpentries Community Discussion with Matthias Liffers: 31 March, 2:00 UTC
If you have suggestions for topics for our next themed discussion sessions, please consider filling out the The Carpentries Community Discussions: Call for Themed Discussion & Carpentries Conversation Facilitators Form with your ideas
Teaching Tips from The Carpentries Instructor Trainers
“Using the cursor to draw attention to text/regions of the screen can help you keep learners' focus on relevant code and information. But remember to always move your cursor away again so it does not obscure what you are typing!”

The Incubator Lesson Spotlight

The Incubator Lesson Spotlight is a regular feature in The Carpentries blog and Carpentries Clippings newsletter, highlighting the great work our community is doing to develop new lessons in The Carpentries Incubator. Developers of any lesson in the Incubator are encouraged to submit details about their material for inclusion in the series.

This edition’s featured lesson is Introduction to Open Data Science with R
Learn more about this lesson

If you would like to increase the visibility of your lesson and encourage Carpentries community members to contribute to its ongoing development, fill in this short form.

Community Opportunity Postings

Toolshed (Posts from Our Past)

On March 30, 2020, The Carpentries published its second blog post of community contributed tips for teaching online
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