Instructor Training: Setup

  1. Please read “The Science of Learning”, which provides a brief overview of some key evidence-based results in teaching.

  2. Please go to the Software Carpentry lessons page and the Data Carpentry lessons page, have a look at what we currently teach, and then choose one episode from the list at the bottom of this page and read through it carefully. You will be using your selected episode for several in-class exercises, so be sure you are comfortable with the content.

For In-Person Events:

3. We will be recording one another teaching in pairs or threes during the class, so please bring a cell phone or hand-held camera that can record audio and video. It does not have to be high-quality, but it should be good enough that you can understand what someone is saying.

4. Please also bring a laptop powerful enough to teach on so that you can take part in all of the practical exercises (a tablet will not be sufficient).

For Online Events:

3. Please ensure that your laptop and internet are sufficient to connect via Zoom for the full 2-days. You will need to have the bandwidth to transmit video during your practice exerises.

After this course is over, you will be asked to do three short follow-up exercises online in order to finish qualifying as an instructor: the details are available on the checkout checklist. If you have any questions about the workshop, the reading material, or anything else, please get in touch.

If you are interested in doing more reading, we have some recommendations.


Please read through one of the episodes below carefully, so that you can do some exercises based on it on the first day of the class.

Data Carpentry

Software Carpentry

Library Carpentry