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November 2016 Carpentries Community Newsletter

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Highlights from the Community Calendar

November Community Call - At the November Community Call we had an active discussion in both sessions about the opportunities and challenges of teaching undergraduates. Look at the Etherpad for a summary of the topics we discussed. We are canceling the December meeting as it falls during a very busy time for most in the Northern Hemisphere. Look for the January 20th call where we will have Steering Committee Candidates present their vision for the future of Software Carpentry.

Virtual Assessment Network Meeting - The Virtual Assessment Network will have their second meeting on Monday, December 12th at 5pm UTC. To learn more about this network read the notes from their first meeting. To participate send an email to DC’s Deputy Director of Assessment, Kari L. Jordan, at

Community News

Run for the Software Carpentry Steering Committee - If you are interested in taking your community participation to the next level, please consider running for Steering Committee. Details about how to write your candidate blog post. The deadline is fast approaching! So get those posts in soon.

In July the Software Carpentry Steering Committee was invited to be a signatory of the Python 3 Statement - As our Python lessons are now advocating for teaching Python 3 and more and more communities are moving that way, the steering committee felt it was good to be a part of this aspirational statement about the future of Python in research and science. Get your project to sign as well, all it takes is a GitHub Pull request.

RStudio Consultant Directory - Are you considering ways you can get your name out there as an expert in the R Community. Take your Software Carpentry teaching experience and let companies know that you’d be willing to help develop custom lesosns and workshops for them. RStudio has invited experienced instructors in our community to add their name to their consultant directory.


Content from around the community

Top ten reading list in Reproducibility - What are the top papers to read in reproducibility? Lorena Barba has put together a list. Is there anything you’d add. Join the conversation in the comments of Lorena’s post.

Subcommittee Activity

The Mentoring subcommittee is working on creating new pathways for experienced instructors to help mentor those who are new to teaching for the Carpentries. Please stay tuned for news on how you can be involved!

What you may have missed on the blog and mailing lists

Belonging: Developing a Community of Practice among Data Carpentry Learners - DC Blog Post

Python live coding - active discussion of approaches to live coding with Python.

top down vs. bottom up teaching python?  - a discussion of the merits of teaching a language’s rigorous elements first, or demonstrating a problem from the field of the learner.

Community Job postings

R Programmer for Conservation Biology

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