Carpentries Instructor Training

Toby Hodges   2018-10-08   Comments Off on Carpentries Instructor Training

Date(s) - 2018-10-08 - 2018-10-09
09:00 CEST - 17:00 CEST


  • Toby Hodges
  • Mateusz Kuzak


The course is aimed at everyone who is interested in becoming a better teacher. In particular, this training is aimed at those who want to become Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry instructors, run workshops and contribute to the Carpentry training materials. You don’t currently have to be an instructor or a teacher to attend this workshop, but you do need to be willing and committed to becoming one and to improving your teaching techniques.

Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry’s mission is to help scientists and engineers get more research done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic lab skills for scientific computing. This hands-on two-day workshop covers the basics of educational psychology and instructional design, and looks at how to use these ideas in both intensive workshops and regular classes.

The workshop is a mix of lectures and hands-on lessons where you practice giving a short lesson using approaches learned and implement some of the teaching techniques which we will discuss. This is training for teaching, not technical training; you do not need any particular technical background, and we will not be teaching that. This workshop is based on the constantly revised and updated Carpentries training curriculum.

Related event: ELIXIR Train the Trainer

This workshop will be followed by a Train the Trainer workshop from ELIXIR, taking place at the same location on 10 & 11 October. The material covered in the two workshops is quite complementary, with very little overlap in material. Run by Dr Sarah Morgan (EMBL-EBI), the ELIXIR event focuses on best practices when designing training material and planning a workshop, tutorial, or course. To find out more about the ELIXIR workshop, please contact Toby Hodges.


Participants should bring a laptop that is Internet connected and has a functioning browser. If you have it, a device for recording audio and video (mobile phones and laptops are OK) is useful as throughout the two days, we are going to record one another teaching in pairs or threes. It does not have to be high-quality, but it should be good enough that you can understand what someone is saying.

Please note that 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 at If you have any questions about the workshop, the reading material, or anything else, please get in touch.

All participants are required to abide by the Carpentries’ Code of Conduct.


Applications are open for members of ELIXIR-affiliated institutions. Those not affiliated with ELIXIR can contact Toby Hodges to be placed on the waiting list.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Toby Hodges

This workshop is run through de.NBI and ELIXIR’s partnership with The Carpentries.

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Bookings are closed for this event.