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August 18 - 26, 2015: Instructors' Retreat, Applying Discounts, Adding Lessons, Be a Mentor, Undergraduate Training, and Improving RStudio.

By Anelda van der Walt / 2015-08-26


  • Do you want to meet other Software Carpentry instructors and share your training experience? Let us know when you'll be available for our first Virtual Instructors' Retreat. We've already heard back from 60 people!
  • How do you know if a fee waiver or discount will apply to your Software Carpentry Workshop? Read our new guidelines.
  • Mike Jackson wrote about how easy and rewarding it is to add lessons to the Software Carpentry repertoire. It's inspirational to see the power of openness and collaboration.

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Fee Waivers and Discounted Fees

By Raniere Silva / 2015-08-24

A couple of weeks ago the Steering Committee met in person and one of the topics discussed was fee waivers and discounted fees for workshops and instructor training. Continue reading for our conclusions. more

Virtual Instructors Retreat

By Tiffany Timbers / 2015-08-24

The Mentoring sub-committee is planning a Virtual Instructors Retreat this fall. The goal of the event is to build community between instructors, as well as give us all a chance to practice our teaching and give and receive feedback from each other. This will be a day-long event where we meet in person with our local community, where possible, and remotely where meeting in person is not possible. World-wide, all groups will also interact with each other via internet conferencing for specific portions of the event.

We want as many of our instructors as possible to be able to participate, so please help us to do this by filling out this Doodle poll.

Also, we are interested in your ideas about such an event. Please feel free to mail any ideas, comments or questions to the Mentoring sub-committee. more

Join the Mentoring Subcommittee

By Raniere Silva / 2015-08-22

The Mentoring Subcommittee is seeking for new members to help with the debriefing sessions and future activities. If you are interested in join us, please send a email to more

What Is ORCID?

By Will Fyson / 2015-08-22

Part of being a successful researcher lies in the ability to stand out from your peers, which can be done through making and being acknowledge for valuable and original contributions. Once acknowledged for one discovery this can then act as a springboard to allow your peers to identify your other scholarly contributions, or alternatively identify potential for future collaboration, or be used as a proof of your research skills when applying for further funding. In short, making your work and accomplishments known is crucial to success in academia.

Yet whilst so many functions of the academic process hang on the concept of citations and as such the ability to identify the researchers behind a piece of work, the actual means of identifying a researcher is not without its problems. For example how to identify the discoveries and related work of a specific "John Smith" after coming across one of the author's particularly informative publications? How do we keep up to date with a researcher's publications if they change their name? How do we keep track of a successful researcher who works across a number of institutions over the course of their career or who engages in work across a range of disciplines? more

Feedback on Math with Python for Undergraduates

By Greg Wilson / 2015-08-21

Ian Hawke (who put together these notebooks on testing numerical code) is now putting together some Jupyter Notebooks to teach Python to first-year undergraduates in mathematics. He would be grateful for feedback, and we'd be grateful if you could give him some: we'll learn a lot about what we should teach from seeing what you think he should. more

Improving RStudio as a Teaching Tool

By Noam Ross / 2015-08-20

On Twitter, the RStudio support team requested suggestions for how to make RStudio better as a teaching tool. So I've started an issue on their support site for instructors to chime in with ideas. Go ahead and let them know what would make teaching with RStudio easier and better! more

Experiences Adding a Lesson on Make

By Mike Jackson / 2015-08-20

In June I added a lesson on Automation and Make. In this blog post, I describe how the lesson evolved, my experiences in porting it into the Software Carpentry lesson template, and the community's response... more


By Greg Wilson / 2015-08-18

Want to dress up your laptop? Software Carpentry stickers are now available from Sticker Mule. All proceeds will go to the Software Carpentry Foundation. more

August 3 - 17, 2015: Data Carpentry Funded, Citations, Improving Our Lessons, and Lab Data Management.

By Anelda van der Walt / 2015-08-17



  • Do you have suggestions for the citation format of our lessons? Should all contributers be named? Please participate in this discussion to help us move forward with making our lessons citeable.
  • How can we improve the next version of our Python 3 lesson? Contribute to the discussion before September when content of the next release will be decided upon.
  • Meanwhile, a few posts focussing on preparing for and teaching various lessons have appeared over the past months. You can help improve what and how we teach by sharing your experience in terms of content, format, and preparation for teaching at a Software Carpentry workshop.
  • Have you designed and built a data management system for your lab or project? Please share your experience to help us rethink how we teach databases and their integration with other tools. more

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