Summary and Setup


Before joining Collaborative Lesson Development training, participants should be able to:

  • write formatted text - bold and italic, headings, links, bullet point and numbered lists - with Markdown.
  • log into and create and edit files using the GitHub web interface.

(See A Primer on Markdown and GitHub for resources to help learn these skills.




After attending this training, participants will be able to:

  • collaboratively develop and publish lessons using The Carpentries lesson infrastructure: lesson template, GitHub, GitHub Pages, etc.
  • identify and characterise the target audience for a lesson.
  • define SMART learning objectives.
  • explain the pedagogical value of authentic tasks.
  • create exercises for formative assessment.
  • explain how considerations of cognitive load can influence the pacing, length, and organisation of a lesson.
  • configure and maintain accessible and usable lesson repositories using best practices, readily available for collaboration.
  • identify and correct accessibility issues in a Carpentries lesson.
  • update and improve lesson material guided by feedback and reflection from teaching.
  • review and provide constructive feedback on lessons.

Before joining this training, participants should have a GitHub account. Detailed instructions on how to create a GitHub account can be found in the GitHub Docs pages