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Wednesday, November 11 • 7:30pm - 7:30pm
The Carpentries Instructor Training Program: A Case Study

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The Carpentries is a community-led non-profit that teaches foundational computational and data science skills to researchers and librarians around the world. In this presentation, Dr Kari Jordan will introduce the uniqueness of The Carpentries' model for distributing as well as developing open instruction, and point attendees to resources as well as community platforms for further information and discussion. This presentation will also highlight The Carpentries' response to COVID-19, particularly our work and official recommendations around moving computational and data skills workshops online.

Here is an overview of what we hope to highlight about The Carpentries model and activities:
- We address unmet training needs in rapidly developing fields. Our model accomplishes this in spite of and because of a shortage of qualified faculty and practical obstacles to rapid change in university course offerings.
- Our train-the-trainer model offers a great approach to scaling data skills training. The instructor training curriculum is also maintained collaboratively, which ensures we include a broad range of perspectives, and allows us to stay abreast with educational research and pedagogy.
- Training in best practices for curriculum developers as well as instructors, also Open, helps to ensure quality. Code of Conduct is key to community health and sustainability.
- Collaborative development and maintenance of publicly-available lessons on a global scale, paired with widespread implementation by and for diverse audiences is good for our curricula and good for our communities.
- Our practices and workflow in two programs: Carpentries Incubator (collaborative lesson development) and Carpentries Labs (repository of peer-reviewed, collaboratively developed lessons) may be of interest to this group.
- Previously, our technical workshops were ‘open’ only to those who could attend in person, on campus. Online workshops can be offered to anyone, anywhere. However, equity and inclusion have to be considered in new ways as technological inequities now matter more.
- Call to action and invitation for further conversations with attendees: The Carpentries can bring workshops to different and new communities, train people as workshop instructors, invite those with ideas and interest to join our curriculum development community, share our curricula so others can borrow from our curricula for their own courses

Learning Outcomes: - understand The Carpentries train-the-trainer model for open instruction
- know where to find documentation, papers and other resources relevant to The Carpentries model for open instruction
- learn about opportunities that exist to work/collaborate with The Carpentries

Speakers
avatar for Serah Njambi

Serah Njambi

Director of Community Development and Engagement, The Carpentries (carpentries.org)
erah Njambi Rono is a computer scientist and a writer. She has served as a technologist and Developer Advocate in the Open Data, Open Source, Open Science space for more than 6 years now, and has broad and valuable experience in listening to and shepherding communities, developing... Read More →
avatar for Kari L. Jordan

Kari L. Jordan

Executive Director, The Carpentries
I am the Executive Director of The Carpentries, a non-profit project that teaches foundational coding and data science skills. In this role I advocate for The Carpentries mission, vision, and values through strategic relationships and championing people first, access for all, and... Read More →
avatar for Karen Word

Karen Word

Director of Instructor Training, The Carpentries
I manage an instructor training program that teaches evidence-based practices in education to researchers and research-adjacent professionals who wish to share their software and data skills using our 2-day workshop curricula. All of our course materials (Instructor Training and technical... Read More →


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