Instructor Training

Welcome to The Carpentries Instructor Training curriculum! Originally released in 2016, this resource is collaboratively maintained and taught by The Carpentries Instructor Trainer community. Minor changes occur routinely; major updates are chronicled in our release history.

Carpentries Instructor Training has the following goals:

Because we have only limited time, some things are beyond the scope of this training. We will not be learning:

If you would like to attend Instructor Training, please visit the Become an Instructor page on The Carpentries website for details on admission.

Instructor Training events are hands-on throughout: short lessons alternate with individual and group practical exercises, including practice teaching sessions. Those who attend the full training and all three checkout steps will be certified as a Carpentries Instructor and will be eligible to teach Data Carpentry, Library Carpentry, and Software Carpentry workshops throughout our global community.

Feedback on these materials is welcome as an issue on the GitHub repository that hosts this site.

These materials are freely available under a Creative Commons license.

Note: The schedule below describes an approximate layout for a 2-full-day training. Please contact your Instructor Trainers if you have questions about the schedule for your specific training event.

Sample Schedule

Preparing for Training and Certification Things to know and do before your event
Day 1 09:00 1. Welcome What is The Carpentries and how do we approach teaching?
What should you expect from this workshop?
09:30 2. Building Skill With Practice How do people learn?
Who is a typical Carpentries learner?
How can we help novices become competent practitioners?
10:30 3. Part 1 Break Break
10:45 4. Expertise and Instruction Does subject expertise make someone a great teacher?
How are we (as Instructors) different from our learners and how does this impact our teaching?
11:30 5. Memory and Cognitive Load What is cognitive load and how does it affect learning?
How can we design instruction to work with, rather than against, memory constraints?
12:15 6. Building Skill With Feedback How can I get feedback from learners?
How can I use this feedback to improve my teaching?
12:35 7. End Part 1 Break
13:35 8. Motivation and Demotivation Why is motivation important?
How can we create a motivating environment for learners?
14:35 9. Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Why are equity, inclusion, and accessibility important?
What can I do enhance equity, inclusion, and accessibility in my workshop?
15:15 10. Part 2 Break Break
15:30 11. Teaching is a Skill How can I improve my teaching?
16:30 12. End Part 2 and Homework What have we learned so far?
What needs to be done to prepare for the next part of the workshop?
16:50 Finish
Day 2 09:00 13. Welcome Back What have we learned so far?
What will we focus on next?
09:10 14. Getting Started on Instructor Certification What do I need to do to finish certifying as a Carpentries Instructor?
09:40 15. The Carpentries: How We Operate How is The Carpentries organised and run?
What is the difference between SWC, DC, and LC workshops?
How do you run a Carpentries workshop?
10:25 16. Part 3 Break Break
10:40 17. Live Coding is a Skill Why do we teach programming using participatory live coding?
11:45 18. Preparing to Teach How should I prepare to teach?
12:30 19. End Part 3 Break
13:30 20. More Practice Live Coding How did you change your teaching in response to feedback?
14:15 21. Working With Your Team What are the challenges of managing a heterogeneous classroom?
What should we do if there is a Code of Conduct violation?
What does it mean to be a co-Instructor?
How does an instructional team prepare for a workshop?
15:25 22. Part 4 Break Break
15:40 23. Launches and Landings How do you actually start a workshop?
16:20 24. Putting It Together How are the teaching practices we have learned used in our workshops?
16:40 25. Wrapping Up What can we improve in this training?
16:50 Post-training survey Please ask your Trainer for a custom link to your post-training survey at the end of the course.
17:05 Finish

The actual schedule may vary slightly depending on the topics and exercises chosen by the instructor.