In order to increase the capacity for computational training for researchers we are working towards increasing the pool of certified Software and Data Carpentry instructors. With the growing demand for workshops thought the UK we need to make sure that these events can be staffed with qualified trainers. We help Software Carpentry Foundation run instructor training events in the UK based on tailor-made curriculum designed by Greg Wilson, Founder of Software Carpentry and the Executive Director of the Software Carpentry Foundation.
What is instructor training?
Instructor training is a two-day intense workshop during which the participants learn and discuss a variety of teaching techniques. The training provides the participants with skills essential to become an effective instructor. The curriculum of instructor training is based on the outcomes of research in education and pedagogy, and hence is applicable not only for teaching Software and Data Carpentry but also other courses in a variety of disciplines.
Instructor training covers topics such as course and lesson design, psychology of education, managing a classroom, dealing with challenges as a teacher and so on. We also discuss the value of feedback and learn how to provide as well as how to receive it.
A part of this training also focuses on Software and Data Carpentry specific matters such as use of the infrastructure for setting up the workshops and contributing to the training materials.
Who is it for?
Instructor training is primarily aimed at those who want to become certified Software and Data Carpentry instructors. Completing the training is one of the key components of getting qualified as a Software and Data Carpentry instructor. However, thanks to the universal design of the training curriculum, it may be of interest for anyone who is works in education, organizes and teaches at different courses (not only in scientific computing) and who wants to become a better teacher.
How to get involved?
The UK-based instructor training events are advertised on the Institute's website as well as on the Software and Data Carpentry websites. The spaces tend to fill up very quickly so it is good to sign up as soon as you know you can attend. There is also a possibility to run instructor training for a particular group within one organisation or a consortium. If you are interested in hosting such event, please email us for more information.
There is also an online version of the instructor training which is worth considering if you are unable to attend the face-to-face event. The online course takes longer but is more flexible in terms of time management and involves mainly working in your own time. The course is run by Greg Wilson, the Executive Director of the Software Carpentry Foundation.