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  • 09/16/17--17:00: Dyslexia and Coding
  • Hello,

    I am dyslexic! :-)

    Dyslexia is a polymorphic condition that affects more than just reading and writing. It is thought to be caused by poor short term memory, where short term memory is about equal to the length of time it takes to turn a key in a lock. A common analogy is that the CPU is good but the buffering on I/O is not good enough to keep up with the CPU. For example, it would be like having a keyboard or scanner with a buffering system that mixed up input or output and sometimes lost characters. This would also make it difficult to rapidly change from reading to writing and explains why doing things like reading, writing, listening, speaking and transcribing at the same time are more difficult for a dyslexic than for a non-dyslexic. I think this can make Software Carpentry a difficult way for a dyslexic to learn how to write programs, as it requires multi-tasking a variety of activities that are separately quite hard for a dyslexic. The rapid switching between them makes this worse.

    On top of this, nearly half of dyslexics have another condition, visual stress, that 10 per cent of non-dyslexics also have. People with this condition do not handle the high contrast of a white background with black text well. While there are indeed fonts that are considered good for dyslexics, they tend to be similar to the Arial and Helvetica fonts, only with slightly more spacing between the letters.

    In my opinion, dyslexics benefit from spending extra time setting up their environment and understanding/documenting what they have done. Setting up an environment means getting everything working technically as well as setting up fonts and background colours to suit their preferences. They will be slow to read and to configure the system on their own, especially if programming is new and they do not understand the vocabulary. If they have to do this at the start of a course, they may well fail to ever catch up with the class. I think they would benefit from being offered help the day or week before to set up their environment.

    Dyslexics are also more likely, especially initially, to like text editors that open up in their own window rather than one that takes over their shell. They are unlikely to remember how to spell things that are in the shell and will have to keep on opening and closing the text editor to get the syntax and spelling right. This will disrupt learning.

    A dyslexic will have to repeat and practice more than a non-dyslexic. They are less capable of surface learning and will need to deep learn. This will take time and they may prefer to work at their own speed and repeat concepts and exercises. It may be good for them to have a summary of what they will learn at the beginning, then do exercises and then get another summary at the end. There is a fair amount of evidence that some dyslexics are not good at multiple choice exercises so self-assessments which have multiple choices are not suitable for them.

    Having one consistent reference text book for an entire programming language may be helpful as this lays out all parts of the language in one place so that the learner can go back and identify areas they do not know over the first few years of using that language and so can gradually fill in the gaps. I have seen some short programs that are the length of a page in a text book that can be used to document the main parts of syntax used in a programming language. These are good references for the main syntax and functionality of a language. The classic example program is a program where the user inputs a radius and the program uses a function or class to calculate the area of the circle with that radius.

    A dyslexic will probably benefit from being able to ask lots of questions and to chat about programming - social learning. They should try to get one or more technical mentors to whom they can go with niggling questions.

    This post initially appeared on our Discuss email list.


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  • 09/17/17--17:00: Genomics Bug BBQ
  • Bug BBQ starting today, Monday, September 18th!

    Be a part of the Genomics Data Carpentry lesson release! We held an Issue Bonanza last month to identify everything from typos to updates in code blocks and had some discussions on broader re-organization. Our next step is to go through and resolve those issues and determine ordering of the lessons.

    To help us get over the finish line we’re having a Bug BBQ September 18th - 19th (whatever this is in your time zone!) to squash as many of these bugs as we can, and continue discussions. The Bug BBQ is also an opportunity for you to engage with our world-wide community. For more info about the event, read-on and visit our Bug BBQ Etherpad.

    What are the Genomics Data Carpentry lessons?

    The Data Carpentry Genomics lessons are the modules of a 2 or 3 day workshop teaching the foundational skills for working effectively with genomics data. The focus of this workshop is working with genomics data, and data management & analysis for genomics research. They cover metadata organization in spreadsheets, data organization, connecting to and using cloud computing, the command line for sequence quality control and bioinformatics workflows, and R for data analysis and visualization. They don’t focus on any particular bioinformatics tools, but the foundational skills that allow you to conduct any analysis.

    See more at the Genomics Workshop Overview page.

    How can you participate?

    The Genomics lessons are going through some updates as they’re being prepared for more teaching. Today is focused on resolving existing issues, but if you find new issues or want to start or continue a discussion, you can start an issue too.

    To contribute:

    If you want help with GitHub or you’re new to GitHub, today is a great day! There will be lots of people on the gitter chat channel, so questions there are great and people are more than happy to help! No previous git experience is required.

    Some more notes on how to contribute

    Where will this be?

    Where will this be? Join in from where you are: No need to go anywhere - you can participate in a global community and open and collaborative lesson development from your desk!

    If you’d like to get together with other people working on these lessons live, let people know where you’ll be participating on the Bug BBQ Etherpad and join the conversation on our gitter channel.

    The Bug BBQ is going to be a great chance to get the community together, get more work done on the Genomics lessons, and prepare to teach more genomics workshops! Work on these lessons also gives you and all our contributors credit for your hard work with a citable object - we will be minting a DOI for this on publication that can go on your CV!


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    At our recent in-person staff meeting in Davis, California, we introduced three new members to the team, SherAaron Hurt, Elizabeth Williams and Karen Word. All will be working with the Carpentries part-time.

    Elizabeth has joined Software and Data Carpentry in a part time role as Business Administrator to assist with onboarding and supporting Member organizations and general business and financial operations.

    Here’s what Elizabeth has to say about herself:

    “After earning a B.S. in Cultural Anthropology at UC Davis, I have worked as a small business manager, a tutor, a bookkeeper, and an organization consultant. I am currently managing the Personality and Self-Knowledge Lab at UC Davis, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to dedicate my (rather eclectic) skills and passions to the exciting and worthy mission of the Carpentries community.”

    Elizabeth has recently joined Twitter where she tweets as @ecwilliams8.

    We are delighted to have Elizabeth join the team and look forward to working with her.

    Karen Word is a post-doctoral researcher in Titus Brown’s lab at UC Davis. As a part of her work in the lab, she is working with the Carpentries on Instructor Training and will be the Deputy Director of Instructor Training. Karen will be involved with many aspects of the instructor training program, including training a new cohort of Trainers (watch for a call for applications soon!). As co-Maintainer of the Instructor Training curriculum (with Christina Koch), Karen will continue to improve and update those materials. She will also be actively involved in other curricular development efforts, including ongoing work on Data Carpentry Genomics and Data Carpentry Social Sciences curricula. Welcome to the team, Karen!

    Karen writes: “I have built a career on roughly equal parts teaching and research, with happy periods of exclusive focus on each. As an educator, I’ve taught high school and community college, at museums and outreach programs, and have served at the university level as both a TA and Associate Instructor. My scientific research has focused on ways in which organisms respond to environmental change, with emphasis on hormone signaling and metabolism. Most recently I have served (and continue to do so) as a postdoc in the Lab for Data Intensive Biology at UC Davis, where I am working on program assessment for our in-house bioinformatics workshops. I am delighted to be able to bring what I’ve learned through all of these experiences to bear on the Carpentries’ mission.”

    Instructor training is a huge part of our outreach effort, and we are delighted to have Karen assisting us with this important work.


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    The Software and Data Carpentry staff teams met for a two-day in-person meeting on 12-13 September in Davis, California. This was a very productive meeting - more on this below - and it also provided some staff the opportunity to meet others face-to-face for the first time. The team is geographically scattered with staff in the US, Australia and New Zealand. At the meeting, we welcomed new Workshop Administrator SherAaron Hurt, Business Administrator Elizabeth Williams, and Deputy Director of Instructor Training Karen Word (all part-timers) to what will be a merged staff team from 2018, when the planned merger of the two Carpentries will be complete.

    While we are a small team, and thus are limited in what we can achieve, we all see our main role as supporting our community. We want to make it easier for people to participate in everything we do in the Carpentries and to allow them to contribute to that work in any way they can. Accordingly, our meeting focused a lot on ways to foster engagement, remove roadblocks, streamline processes, and recognise the valuable work people do, whether it be teaching, organizing workshops, lesson maintenance, mentoring, or serving on task forces and sub-committees.

    The Software and Data Carpentry team

    L-R: Karen Word, SherAaron Hurt, Tracy Teal, Kari Jordan (on computer screen), Erin Becker, Maneesha Sane, Elizabeth Williams, Belinda Weaver, Jonah Duckles.

    Our Agenda

    On our agenda for the meeting were a number of issues:

    • Onboarding new staff
    • Aligning our daily work with the mission and vision of the Carpentries
    • Identifying essential infrastructure, processes and projects we need to build or improve in order to continue to scale
    • Progressing work in key areas such as instructor training, CarpentryCon, mentoring and memberships
    • Learning about strategic planning and project management and how to apply those techniques to what we do
    • Building communication strategies for the team as a whole
    • Updating staff roles and projects

    We also discussed the burning question of swag, so stay tuned for a whole host of innovations there.

    While all this might have seemed like an ambitious plan of work for two days, we frequently split into small groups so we could address issues concurrently. While one group worked on membership planning, another broke ground on planning for CarpentryCon.

    CarpentryCon

    Plans for CarpentryCon are now progressing well. Five venue bids have been received, and we have established a CarpentryCon Trello board to plan all aspects from speakers and sponsors to programs and itineraries. Some suggested topics from the meeting were ‘How the Carpentries got me here’ and ‘Using Carpentry skills in other contexts’. We also plan to have a Community Building Roundtable to build on the Champions work we have done recently in fostering local community building. Ideas for CarpentryCon can be lodged here.

    Mentoring groups

    Plans are underway to launch a new round of mentoring groups. The first round aimed to help new instructors find their feet through regular discussions with more experienced community members. We plan to do the same thing for round two of the groups, but we also aim to offer different flavours of mentoring. Those who want help to get their first workshop under their belt will still find a group, but we might offer support for people who would like to be lesson maintainers or developers, or workshop organizers rather than instructors, or those seeking advice and support to build local communities. Expect a blog post calling for applications when the new program kicks off.

    Recognition and Reward

    Valuing our community was also a key topic. From feedback we have, people in our community are happy to be working with us, and they value the chance to learn, to develop, and to belong. While we like to draw people in, we do not want to burn people out, so we discussed ways we can recognize and reward the considerable effort volunteers put in to teaching, mentoring, maintaining lessons, and serving on committees. We also discussed how we can keep involved, if we can, the people who train as instructors but never go on to teach for us.

    Staff Development

    To try to improve our own team project and planning skills, we heard from Melanie Nelson of Beyond Managing, who walked us through a range of strategic planning topics. We plan to employ her advice in organizing further work cycles and projects.

    Enhancing our work on equity/inclusion was a topic for day two. Hurricane Irma played havoc with Kari Jordan’s plan to present this material in person, but she connected via zoom whenever she could, which was a challenge in a town without power. We discussed three main issues in depth:

    1. How do we ensure that our instructors are philosophically on board with our equity and inclusion principles?
    2. How can we reach out to a more diverse range of institutions?
    3. How do we ensure we do not use idiomatic language that makes our messages hard to understand?

    Wishlists

    We brainstormed infrastructure needs to identify things that would make our supporters’ lives easier. An all-in-one ‘workshop in a box’ tool was one suggestion. Better workshop reporting and metrics was another. An anonymous feedback mechanism was also proposed. Reducing time-wasting data entry and duplication was seen as important for efficiency, while more consistency across messaging was also marked as important.

    Take-aways

    It was a very productive two days. Here are some positive comments from staff who attended:

    • Got some great ideas and plans set up for CarpentryCon
    • Getting to know all our new staff members!
    • Good conversations around instructor training
    • I got to know more about who does what

    Who was at the meeting?

    • Tracy Teal, Executive Director (DC)
    • Jonah Duckles, Executive Director (SWC)
    • Erin Becker, Associate Director (DC) & Director of Instructor Training (SWC/DC)
    • Belinda Weaver, Community Development Lead (SWC/DC)
    • Maneesha Sane, Program Manager (SWC/DC)
    • Kari L. Jordan, Deputy Director of Assessment (DC) (attending remotely)
    • Elizabeth Williams, Business Administrator (SWC/DC)
    • SherAaron Hurt, Workshop Administrator (SWC/DC)
    • Karen Word, Deputy Director of Instructor Training (SWC/DC)

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    Invitación a participar

    Las Carpentries, el Nodo Nacional de Bioinformática México (NNB), y la Sociedad Iberoamericana de Bioinformática (SoIBio) les invitan a participar en el proyecto Carpentry para América Latina.

    Las Carpentries han generado material para enseñar a investigadores y estudiantes, las habilidades computacionales necesarias para realizar su trabajo de manera eficiente. Actualmente, las carpentries cuentan con más de una docena de lecciones creadas con técnicas de pedagogía actual. Estas lecciones se han promovido en talleres en más de 37 países. Carpentry para América Latina tiene la intención de promover este movimiento con la comunidad hispana.

    Tenemos varias actividades en pie en las que todos están bienvenidos a participar:

    1. Traducción al español de las lecciones de Software Carpentry y Data Carpentry
    2. Revisión del material traducido
    3. Mantenimiento de las lecciones traducidas
    4. Si eres instructor de Carpentry, participa como instructor en los talleres Carpentry en español en Latino América.
    5. Si no eres instructor Carpentry, hablas español y quieres enseñar, participa para certificarte como instructor.
    6. Si eres trainer y hablas español, participa de las sesiones de demostración en español.
    7. Si quieres escribir un post en español sobre tu experiencia con las Carpentries, comunícate con nosotros.
    8. Si tienes otras sugerencias, todas son bienvenidas!

    ¡Únete a este esfuerzo! Escríbenos a latinoamerica@carpentries.org y participa junto con nosotros.

    Para unirse a la lista de correo electrónico, visita https://groups.google.com/a/carpentries.org/forum/#!forum/latinoamerica

    Si estás interesado en mas información sobre los avances, visita https://github.com/carpentries/latinoamerica

    Team latinoamerica@carpentries.org

    Escrito por Heladia Salgado. Editador por Sue McClatchy and Paula Andrea Martinez


    Invitation to participate

    The Carpentries, the National Node of Bioinformatics Mexico (NNB) and the Ibero-American Society of Bioinformatics (SoIBio) invite you all to participate in the project Carpentry for Latin America.

    The Carpentries have lesson materials to teach researchers and students the computational skills necessary to perform their work. Currently, the Carpentries have more than a dozen lessons created with current pedagogy techniques. These lessons have promoted workshops in more than 37 countries. The project Carpentry for Latin America has the intention to promote this movement with the Spanish community.

    We have several current activities, including the following, where you are welcome to take part:

    1. Translating Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry lessons into Spanish
    2. Reviewing translated lessons
    3. Maintaining translated lessons
    4. Participating as an instructor in the Carpentry workshops in Spanish in Latin America if you are already a Carpentry instructor.
    5. Certifying yourself as an instructor if you are not a Carpentry instructor and you speak Spanish fluently.
    6. If you are a trainer and speak fluent Spanish, join the demo sessions in Spanish.
    7. If you would like to write a blog post about your experience with the Carpentries, get in touch with us.
    8. If you have any other suggestions, those are also welcome!

    Join in this effort! Write to latinoamerica@carpentries.org and participate with us.

    To join the mailing list, visit https://groups.google.com/a/carpentries.org/forum/#!forum/latinoamerica

    If you are interested to learn about the updates, visit https://github.com/carpentries/latinoamerica

    Team latinoamerica@carpentries.org

    Written by Heladia Salgado. Edited by Sue McClatchy and Paula Andrea Martinez.


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    We are now requesting comments on plans related to The Carpentries!

    A blog post last week provided history and some context behind the planning still in progress for the eventual merger of Data Carpentry and Software Carpentry into a unified organization, tentatively called The Carpentries. An outline of the planned structure, roles, and responsibilities of The Carpentries is now available, and we request your feedback through a series of Requests for Comment and related GitHub issues by October 6, 2017.

    Requests for Comment (RFCs, also called Requests for Public Comment) are a tool used by government groups and other organizations to solicit feedback on planned actions which may affect a broad community. So far we have attempted to keep you apprised of the planning process, but want to incorporate community input into the unified vision and plan presented in the following topics:

    • RFC1 Organization and responsibilities of The Carpentries
    • RFC2 Board of Directors
    • RFC3 Membership Council (transition from current Software Carpentry Advisory Council)
    • RFC4 Staff
    • RCF5 Financial organisation
    • RFC6 Subcommittees and task forces
    • RFC7 Lesson Organizations

    Please head over to the GitHub repository and add your comments to relevant issues by October 6, 2017. If you prefer not to respond on GitHub, or would like to remain anonymous, you may respond to the RFCs using this Google Form.


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    As the Carpentry community continues to grow, our instructor training is increasingly in demand! In September, we welcomed 13 new Instructor Trainers who will help us to meet that need. We are now accepting applications for the next group of new Trainers. In this round, we welcome all applicants, but are particularly keen to recruit trainers who can work in Latin America, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. We would also like to recruit new Trainers who are fluent in Spanish.

    Carpentry Instructor Trainers run instructor training workshops, lead online teaching demonstrations, and engage with the community to discuss and guide the continuing development of the instructor training curriculum, the instructor checkout process, and downstream instructor support.

    We meet regularly to discuss our teaching experiences and to stay up to date on policies, procedures, and curriculum updates.

    The Trainers are an eclectic group. Some of us have formal training in pedagogy, some are experienced Carpentry instructors. Some run trainings as part of their jobs, and others pitch in during their own free time. We all share a commitment to propagating evidence-based practices in teaching and to helping new instructor trainees become familiar and comfortable with Carpentry practices and principles.

    Our Trainer agreement explains what is involved. It describes our expectations for anyone who aspires to become a Carpentry Instructor Trainer.

    The trainer training process consists of eight one-hour weekly virtual meetings (with a break for the December holidays). In these meetings we will discuss readings on pedagogy, largely drawn from our ‘textbook’, How Learning Works. We will also review the Carpentry Instructor Training curriculum, and discuss ways in which we can both teach and apply best practices to create a welcoming and effective class. After completing the meeting series, new Trainers will shadow part of an online instructor training event and a teaching demonstration session. Trainers-in-training also attend the regular monthly meetings of the Trainer community.

    This group of Trainers will start meeting in November. They will be eligible to teach instructor trainings by February, 2018.

    If you are interested in joining the Trainer community, please apply here! Applications will be open until October 17. If you have previously applied and are still interested, you may either re-apply (especially if anything relevant has changed) or just let us know that you are still interested.

    If you have any questions about the training process or the expectations for being a Trainer, please get in touch with Karen Word.


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    The inaugural Carpentries mentoring program was a great success, and we have used the feedback we received from both mentors and mentees to craft a new and improved mentoring experience in round two. The next round will run October 25th - January 10th.

    According to round one participants, the benefits of mentoring included greater understanding of the challenges new instructors face, more clarity about why we teach what we teach, getting timely responses to questions, and community engagement.

    Participants felt the program could be improved if mentoring groups had specific goals, and if we gave mentors more guidance on how to run mentoring sessions.

    We listened to that feedback and have made changes to the program. We are now offering curriculum-specific mentoring: both mentors and mentees can choose which tools they are most interested in discussing from the following list:

    • Git
    • Shell
    • Python
    • R
    • SQL

    Once a topic has been selected, participants can choose what aspect of mentoring they want for their chosen tool:

    • Lesson Maintenance
      • Contributing to current lesson development
      • Contributing to lesson maintenance
    • Teaching Workshops
      • Developing confidence and skill in teaching
      • Preparing to teach a specific lesson (e.g., Python)

    Additionally, we plan to offer mentoring on two big issues:

    Organizing Workshops

    • Logistics of organizing a workshop (e.g. marketing, registration)
    • Logistics of running a workshop (e.g. recruiting instructors, distributing tasks)
    • Community Building
      • Strategies to create and build local communities
      • Tried-and-true events that help foster local community development

    To help groups get organized we have provided sample mentoring program outlines to help groups use their time together productively.

    Interested in mentoring? We will hold two information sessions on Thursday, October 12th at 06:00 UTC and 21:00 UTC. Sign up to attend either information session on the etherpad.

    Applications for both mentors and mentees are open. The deadline to apply to participate in the program is October 18th.

    Share your excitement about mentoring via Twitter (@datacarpentry @swcarpentry @drkariljordan @cloudaus) with the hashtag #carpentriesmentoring.


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    Mentorship is an important part of the Carpentry experience. As Instructors, we both teach and mentor our Learners. We also mentor each other as Instructors, learning something new from each other every time we teach and interact with one another. The Mentoring Subcommittee offers guidance to new and continuing Instructors through weekly discussion sessions, where Instructors from the global Carpentry community gather to share their experiences and learn from each other. This is a fantastic opportunity to interact with other Carpentry Instructors from around the world.

    Many in the Carpentry community have expressed interest in having more extensive and longer-lasting opportunities for mentorship. Based on this, we ran a pilot version of a new Mentorship Program, starting in January 2017. Nearly 100 Carpentry Instructors participated in the program, with 58 Mentees and 34 Mentors in 18 small groups. Groups were put together based on a variety of factors, including common teaching interests and geographies. These groups met once a month to discuss topics of interest to the group members and to help Mentees prepare for their first workshop.

    In June 2017, we asked participants in the pilot program for their feedback. Participants said that they enjoyed the opportunity to share and learn from each others’ experiences and expertise. They also reported that the experience enabled them to get involved with the Carpentry community and to network with Carpentry Instructors at other institutions. When asked about negative aspects of the program, many participants reported difficulty scheduling meetings with their groups as well as a lack of focus and difficulty deciding topics to discuss with their groups. Many participants offered concrete suggestions on how the program could be improved, including:

    • offering more guidance to mentorship groups on what to do during the program
    • assigning groups specifically around common interests and goals
    • enabling more integration and communication among groups.

    As with any pilot program, one of the goals of this program was to identify aspects that could be improved, based on the shared experiences of the participants, so we are very grateful for the feedback we received.

    We listened to your feedback and have made changes to the program. We are now offering curriculum-specific mentoring: both mentors and mentees can choose which tools they are most interested in discussing from the following list:

    • Git
    • Shell
    • Python
    • R
    • SQL

    Additionally, groups will focus on either lesson maintenance, teaching workshops, organizing workshops, or community building. This program will run from October 25th to January 10th, 2018, and will culminate in a Virtual Showcase, in which groups will share their work with the broader Carpentry community.

    So far, 18 people have signed up to participate in this round of mentoring groups. Applications close October 18th, so don’t wait to apply to either be a mentor or mentee.

    Get involved by attending one of the information sessions being held October 12th at 06:00 UTC and 21:00 UTC. Sign up to attend on the etherpad. You can also join the conversation by tweeting to @datacarpentry and @swcarpentry using the hashtag #carpentriesmentoring.


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  • 10/09/17--17:00: Work Cycle Ganymede Wraps Up
  • We are wrapping up Cycle Ganymede. Here’s what we accomplished over the past six weeks and what we’re still working on. To help with any of these projects, please get in touch!

    Archiving Pre- and Post-Workshop Survey Data

    What did we do?

    During the previous work cycle, Data Carpentry launched new pre- and post-workshop surveys that included skills-based questions, and the ability for respondents to provide a unique identifier to facilitate future paired analyses. We archived the old survey data for Data Carpentry and created a draft RMarkdown report and plots for all of the data. Paula Andrea Martinez helped Kari Jordan with this. Because of the way the code is structured, there was no easy way to create a RMarkdown report that includes only selected plots. Hopefully, we will find a way round this for future reports.

    How can you help?

    If you’re interested in other visualizations or analyses of our data, please contribute! All our data and the code that generated this report is available for reuse. We would love to see people with other questions or ideas use the data in their work or contribute for future reports.

    Long-term Survey Report

    What did we do?

    The results of the Carpentries long-term survey are extremely compelling, and we want to share them with a broader community. Accordingly, a team led by Kari Jordan is working to draft a manuscript around our long-term survey results. Assessment will be the topic of our October 19 community call.

    How can you help?

    If you would like to know more about our assessment work, or if you would like to help out in some way, please join the October 19 call. If you have recently attended a workshop, please complete the survey. You can also join our Google Group on assessment.

    Instructor Training Curriculum Lesson Release

    What did we do?

    Trainers and instructors did a lot of work readying our instructor training curriculum for the release of a new version. Thanks to all who took part. The material has now been published. See it here.

    How can you help?

    If you are a Trainer teaching this material, please let us know if you find any errors or omissions by raising an issue on the GitHub repository. We would also value more general feedback.

    Genomics Lesson Update

    What did we do?

    Many new and current Maintainers, as well as other members of our community, worked long and hard at both an Issue Bonanza and Bug BBQ to prepare the Genomics Lesson for release. Because of the number of outstanding issues and pull requests that need to be resolved, the release has been postponed to early November. A huge thank you to everyone who has been taking part in this release! You can see some of the milestones here, here and here. In the Genomics curricula, we are also piloting a new approach involving a curriculum committee and more maintainers, and using a ‘Looks Good to Me’ model. Thanks to everyone who has been involved in this pilot model. There are still some things to figure out, and we will be updating this with a maintainers report, to see if this is a general model we can use for other curriculum.

    How can you help?

    We would welcome assistance with both resolving issues and reviewing the outstanding pull requests. Please contact Erin Becker if you can help.

    FAQ Update

    What did we do?

    As we prepare for a joint Carpentries, we plan to standardize information and procedures across both organizations. During this cycle, the existing website FAQs were moved into HelpScout, during which time they were also updated and tagged (some with multiple tags). Some new FAQs were created as well. The website for the updated FAQs is http://info.carpentries.org/, and it is keyword-searchable.

    How can you help?

    Looking for the answer to something but can’t find it? Reading through the FAQs and notice something that should be updated or edited? Please let us know so we can update it or add it to the knowledge base.

    What else?

    During this cycle, all Software and Data Carpentry staff travelled to in Davis, California for a two-day, in-person meeting. Read about what we achieved there.