The training program will provide an overview of the Collaborative
Lesson Development Training curriculum, the key concepts and principles
behind it, and opportunities to discuss all of this with the other
members of the cohort.
In addition to attending weekly discussion sessions, trainees are
required to complete reading and occasional homework tasks before they
become certified Trainers.
Backward design describes a process for curriculum development that
begins with the definition of skills learners will obtain from following
The main steps of backward design are:
defining learning outcomes,
designing learning experiences to achieve those outcomes,
developing content to support these experiences,
assessing learners’ progress towards the desired outcomes,
and evaluating the curriculum design based on this assessment.
Backward design helps keep curriculum development focussed on the
intended learner, and it can make it easier to trim down lesson content
to focus only on what is required to achieve specific outcomes.
Creating a new lesson/curriculum with backward design can take more
time than an alternative, “content-first” approach.
Collaborative Lesson Development Training is designed to be taught
in two parts, with an extended break in between.
The Carpentries Incubator is a space for community development of
lessons. Lessons developed in the Incubator can be submitted for open
peer review and acceptance to The Carpentries Lab, and/or adoption as a
new official lesson one of The Carpentries lesson programs.
To complete certification, trainees must participate in both parts
of the training and perform a trial run of at least some of their lesson
during the break.