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Estimated time 30 minutes



  • What have we learned so far?
  • What needs to be done before the next part of the training?


After completing this episode, participants should be able to…

  • Summarise the lesson development process introduced in this training.
  • Describe the trial run task to be completed before the next part of the training
  • Identify remaining tasks that should be completed before trialling lesson content.

Recent sections of this training have focused on how to design effective assessments and write a lesson that will be engaging and motivating for learners. We provided further opportunities to apply these concepts to the development of a lesson website with The Carpentries Workbench. Next, we explored The Carpentries lesson development ecosystem and how a new lesson project can fit into that. We finished up with a discussion of the importance of teaching a new lesson and how best to prepare for that experience.

The final sessions will focus on collaboration skills, exploring how trainees can curate their repository and manage their project to foster collaboration and build community around a lesson.

Before that, there will be an extended break during which trainees should conduct a trial run of the lesson content they have been developing in the workshop so far. When the training recommences, there will be an opportunity for trainees to share their experiences and reflections from those trial runs, and to discuss what impact that will have on the next stages of their lesson development.

Please provide another round of feedback and spend some time reflecting.

Feedback (5 min)

The Trainer(s) will ask for feedback on the training so far. Take some time to provide this feedback, before moving onto the second part of this task.

Organise Your Knowledge (10-15 min)

Take some time to think back on what has been covered so far, then make some notes on the most important points and actions you want to take away from that. The Trainers and other participants will not look at this - it is only for you.

If you do not know where to start, consider the following list for a starting point:

  • draw a concept map, connecting the material
  • draw pictures or a comic depicting one or more of the concepts
  • write an outline of the topics we covered
  • write a paragraph or “journal” entry about your experience of the training today
  • write down one thing that struck you the most

Please stay in touch as you plan for your trial run.


  • We have learned about the importance of exercises and data in a lesson, the ecosystem The Carpentries provides for lesson development, and how to prepare to teach a lesson for the first time.
  • Before the next part of the training, you should teach a part of your new lesson to a real audience and reflect on the experience.