Teaching basic lab skills
for research computing

Utah State University Wrap-Up

Our bootcamp at Utah State University finished earlier today—many thanks once again to Ethan White and his friends for hosting us. Here's what the students thought:

Good Bad
  • keeping history
  • break work into pieces
  • integrating different things
  • good for different levels of knowledge
  • liked the pace
  • good tech support from helpers
  • download data from the web
  • liked the escalation
  • using up-to-date languages
  • emphasis on commonality of patterns
  • liked flexibility
  • talked about formatting/style
  • everything consistent
  • Greg's stories
  • hearing from multiple people
  • organized around simple, general structural things
  • liked structure around data processing
  • machine/software setup
  • hard to keep up with Greg's typing
  • wind tunnel
  • no beer
  • assumed knowledge we didn't have
  • less lecture, more time on examples/practicals
  • rushed
  • wide range of applicability
  • wanted more complicated examples
  • some things glossed over
  • don't understand strengths/weaknesses of languages
  • would have liked time to make better examples
  • some places were "show" not "do"
  • didn't cover testing
  • Greg's stories
  • couldn't tell if people were with us or not
  • hard to keep track of what tool we were in
  • coordination across people

Next stop: London!

UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY

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