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Software Carpentry: Instructor Training

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Date: Wednesday 22 to Thursday 23 October 2014

Scientific Organisers:

  • Vicky Schneider, The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC), UK
  • Greg Wilson, Mozilla Science Lab, Canada

Event Organiser:

  • Matt Drew, The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC), UK

Venue: The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC), Norwich, UK

Registration now closed


Registration Details

Registration fee for this event is £50.00 which includes refreshments and lunch for both days. You are recommended to register early as registration is on a first come first served basis with limited spaces.

TGAC has booked rooms at The Maids Head Hotel located in central Norwich. You have the option to pay for your room during registration which costs £80.00 per night, inclusive of breakfast and WiFi.



This two-day class teaches participants how to teach adults (particularly research scientists) how to program. It introduces basic concepts from educational psychology and instructional design, and looks at how to apply these ideas in both intensive workshops and regular classes. Topics will include:

• Cognitive differences between novices, competent practitioners, and experts
• Formative vs. summative assessment
• Reverse instructional design
• Fixed vs. growth mindset, stereotype threat, and other factors affecting learning

Pre-class readings will be distributed several weeks in advance. Please note that participants will be asked to complete two additional exercises after this class in order to be certified as Software Carpentry instructors.

Day 1
08:15-09:00 Coach departs Maids Head Hotel to TGAC
09:00-09:30 Welcome and overview
09:30-10:45 Three stages of cognitive development
10:45-11:00 Break
11:00-12:30 Formative vs. summative assessment
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:30 Teaching as a performance art (1)
14:30-14:45 Break
14:45-15:45 Motivation and demotivation
15:45-16:00 Wrapping up
16:00 Close
16:15 Coach departs TGAC to Maids Head Hotel
19:00 Dinner at Trattoria Rustica (If Paid)


Day 2
08:15 Coach departs Maids Head Hotel to TGAC
08:45-09:00 Morning Coffee
09:00-09:15 Recap of day 1
09:15-10:45 Teaching as a performance art (2)
10:45-11:00 Break
11:00-12:30 Overview of existing lesson materials
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:30 Group project
14:30-14:35 Break
14:45-15:45 Lightning lessons
15:45-16:00 Wrapping up
16:00 Close
16:15 Coach departs TGAC to Maids Head Hotel
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