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Instructor Training Stats

The Software Carpentry Foundation's board asked me for some stats on instructor training, and I thought other people would find them interesting as well:

  • In the year Nov 1, 2013 - Nov 1, 2014, our numbers were:

    instructors:360
    helper:163
    learner:3914

    That gives us an 9:1 ratio of learners to instructors, but the reality is probably closer to 10:1, since we have all the instructors in our database but are still waiting for some recent workshops to report headcount. Note that "instructor" counts every time a person taught a workshop, including repeats, and similarly for "helper" and "learner". Note also that this significantly under-counts helpers, since they're often not reported or recorded.

  • Since September 2013, but not including the recent live round at TGAC and University of Washington, or the current online round:

    started:356
    completed:98(27.5%)
    incomplete:163(45.7%)
    in progress:95(26.7%)

    Note that half of those who drop out do so in the first four weeks. Note also that some people have been "in progress" for months, but even a few of those do eventually complete...

  • 89 people who got their instructor badge after Sept 1, 2013 have taught for us, out of 126 who have been badged in that time. That's 70%, and the number will climb as the people who have been badged in the last three months (summer online training, TGAC, and U. Virginia) start teaching.

  • Of the people signed up for online instructor training in January 2015:

    66US
    17UK
    15Canada
    12Spain
    12Australia
    5unknown
    3Brazil
    2Netherlands, South Africa, Switzerland
    1Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japana, New Zealand, Poland, Saudia Arabia, Singapore, Turkey

    and:

    female38(25%)
    male113(75%)

    That last statistic is better than the gender balance among our current instructors (20% female), but still much lower than where we were a year and a half ago (38% female).

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