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Carpentries Clippings, 20 May 2021

Tweet of The Week

Anelda van der Walt @aneldavdw
Does anyone in@thecarpentries have an opinion on pros and cons of @rstudio cloud versus learnr tutorials for online teaching of #rstats? Any feedback would be highly appreciated? Thanks!
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Community News & Updates from Our Committees / Task Forces

Update from the Workshop Administration Team
Thank you to the community members that attended the Workshop Administration Team Community Discussion Series on Self-Organised workshops. Our team will be hosting more throughout the year that we encourage you to attend. If you missed the session, you can view the presentation slides

African Carpentries Community Monthly Meetups
The African Carpentries Community monthly meetups have been running since 2017. In these calls, community members discuss topics that are of interest to Carpentries instructors in the African context, including available resources, opportunities, events, and more. You are welcome to join our next community call on 27 May 2021 12:00 - 13:00 SAST/10:00-11:00 UTC. You can register your interest to attend in our Etherpad. To join the conversation about The Carpentries in Africa, sign up at Topicbox and join the Slack channel #african-carpentries.

Congratulations to Mentors and Mentees from Cycle 1 of 2021 Mentoring Groups
The Instructor Development Committee congratulates the 18 mentees and 5 mentors who successfully participated in the first cycle of the Carpentries Mentoring program in 2021. We are wowed by the calibre of discussions and collaboration by this group of mentors and mentees, and excited to publish a blog post summary of their experiences and outputs on The Carpentries blog in a few weeks.

Invitation to Become a Discussion Host in The Carpentries
Discussion Hosts in The Carpentries are community members who facilitate our hour-long community calls, known as community discussions. These community discussions are a recurring space for instructors and helpers to ask questions and exchange ideas around the teaching Carpentries workshops, and to debrief after teaching. They also serve as places for networking and for peer mentorship between experienced and new instructors. 

All community members interested in serving as discussion hosts are invited to an onboarding session on 

Please sign up to attend the onboarding sessions in our Community Discussions Etherpad. More details are available in this blog post

Culturally Relevant Education in Environmental Data Science (CREEDS) workshop
The Carpentries community is invited to apply to the Culturally Relevant Education in Environmental Data Science (CREEDS) workshop. Sher!, Deputy Director of Workshops & Meeting, is a part of the planning committee representing The Carpentries.

CREEDS is two day online workshop to inform the development of culturally responsive data science curricula in the environmental sciences through (a) synchronous collaboration, learning and creation.

If you would like more information see the flyer and/or visit

To sign up for updates go to

What You May Have Missed on The Carpentries Blog

Our First Workshop - Bioinformatics Hub of Kenya
Originally posted on the Bioinformatics Hub of Kenya website, this blog post highlights learnings from the BHKi's first R workshop on 24 and 25 March 2021

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2020 Annual and Financial Reports
As with years past, we have spent some time reflecting on the past year and compiled annual reports which highlight some of our activities and shared accomplishments from 2020.

The 2020 Annual and Financial Reports are now available to read and share.

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Teaching Tips from The Carpentries Instructor Trainers

From Daniel Chen:

You can use OBS to really customize what you present to your learners as you teach.
One good use case for this is to add captions in your presentation when a live captioner is not available.

This is a blog post on the basics of setting this up ( Ideally you have at least 2 monitors to set it up

This method uses the virtual webcam feature of OBS, however, a lot of conference tools do not prioritize *quality* of the webcam, but will prioritize the quality on an actual screen share.
This means that your font can appear a little blurry while presenting using the virtual camera.

If you have 3 monitors, you can screen share one of your monitors,
and use the full screen OBS preview on that screen, and you'll have the ability to have a high quality screen for your learners, and still be able to lay out what is presented within OBS.

Again, the major downside is you will need a 3rd monitor for this.

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 Bash and R for Metagenomics
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)

In May 2020, Carpentries community member Sarah Stevens published the blog post, Running a Virtual Social Carpentries Meetup in UW- Madison, highlighting learnings from before, during and after a virtual social session.
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