Collaborative Lesson Development Training Pilot Description

Last updated on 2022-03-30 | Edit this page

13-16 June + 27&28 July 2022


  • Dr Aleksandra Nenadic, Training Lead at The Software Sustainability Institute
  • Dr Mateusz Kuzak, Training Program Lead, The Netherlands eScience Center
  • Dr Sarah Stevens, Data Science Facilitator, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Dr Toby Hodges, Director of Curriculum, The Carpentries

About this training

Collaborative Lesson Development Training is a new program being piloted by The Carpentries, teaching the skills required to collaboratively create open source lessons using The Carpentries infrastructure. The training will focus on three main topics:

  1. Good practice in lesson design and development
  2. Creating lesson websites with The Carpentries Workbench
  3. Collaboration skills

Spread over six half-days, with an extended break between sessions 4 & 5, participants will learn how to prepare an effective lesson to suit a defined target audience, how to implement that lesson as an open source website using The Carpentries lesson infrastructure, and how to collaborate and build community around a lesson project. Participants will apply these principles as they are introduced during the training, creating a sound foundation for their lesson in a series of hands-on exercises, trialling newly-developed content, and preparing their lesson repository for collaboration.

Who is this training for?

The pilot is aimed at teams of 2-4 people, wishing to collaborate on a new lesson. At least one member of each team should be a certified Instructor, having completed The Carpentries Instructor Training, or another training covering similar topics, e.g. an RStudio Instructor.

Format & application

This training will take place virtually, combining video and screen sharing on Zoom with a collaborative notetaking document for sharing notes, responses to exercises, and links to further resources. The first pilot will take place 13-16 June 2022 (12:00-16:00 UTC) and 27&28 July 2022 (12:00-16:00 UTC).

There is no fee to join the pilot, but spaces are limited. To apply to participate in the training, please fill out this short form:

For more information and to ask questions, please contact Toby Hodges