Train the Trainer Workshop to Learn Teaching Techniques, Universidad Nacional de Quilmes

Dec 03-04, 2018

9:30 am - 5:30 pm

Instructors: Malvika Sharan (in-person), Rayna Harris (joining remotely)

Helpers: Nicolás Palopoli, Paula Andrea Martinez (joining remotely)

General Information

The course is aimed at everyone who is interested in becoming a better teacher. In particular, this training is aimed at those who want to become Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry instructors, run workshops and contribute to the Carpentry training materials. You don't currently have to be an instructor or a teacher to attend this workshop, but you do need to be willing and committed to becoming one and to improving your teaching techniques.

Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry's mission is to help scientists and engineers get more research done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic lab skills for scientific computing. This hands-on two-day workshop covers the basics of educational psychology and instructional design, and looks at how to use these ideas in both intensive workshops and regular classes.

The workshop is a mix of lectures and hands-on lessons where you practice giving a short lesson using approaches learned and implement some of the teaching techniques which we will discuss. This is training for teaching, not technical training; you do not need any particular technical background, and we will not be teaching that. This workshop is based on the constantly revised and updated curriculum.

Where: Universidad Nacional de Quilmes. Get directions with Google Maps.

Requirements: When possible, participants should bring a laptop that can be connected to Internet to follow teaching materials and developing shared note. </br> A device for recording audio and video (mobile phones and laptops are OK) will also be useful as throughout the two days, we are going to record one another teaching in pairs or threes. It does not have to be high-quality, but it should be good enough that you can understand what someone is saying.

Please note that after this course is over, you will be asked to do three short follow-up exercises online in order to finish qualifying as an instructor: the details are available at If you have any questions about the workshop, the reading material, or anything else, please get in touch.

All participants are required to abide by The Carpentries' Code of Conduct.

Accessibility: We are committed to making this workshop accessible to everybody. Please contact the workshop organisers to let them know if need any assistance to make your participation at the workshop more comfortable.

Materials will be provided in advance of the workshop and large-print handouts are available if needed by notifying the organizers in advance. If we can help making learning easier for you (e.g. requirements related to mobility, dietary etc.) please please get in touch (using contact details below) and we will attempt to provide them.


Contact: Please email for more information.


Please read the following before the workshop begins:

  1. The Science of Learning

Please also read through one of the episodes below carefully, so that you can do some exercises based on it on the first day of the class.

Spanish versions of some of the lessons

  • Trabajando con archivos y directorios (Unix)
  • Explorando data frames (R)
  • Comenzando con datos (Python)
  • Rastreando Cambios
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    Pre-training survey

    Before attending the workshop, please fill out our pre-training survey.

    Post-training survey

    After attending the workshop, please fill out our post-training survey

    Training Materials and Schedule

    Please see this site for course material and tentative schedule.

    Day 1

    09:30 Welcome
    09:45 Building Skill With Practice
    10:50 Expertise and Instruction
    11:40 Morning Break
    11:55 Memory and Cognitive Load
    12:40 Building Skill With Feedback
    13:00 Lunch
    14:00 Motivation and Demotivation
    15:05 Mindset
    15:45 Afternoon Break
    16:00 Teaching is a Skill
    17:10 Wrap-Up and Homework for Tomorrow
    17:30 Finish

    Day 2

    09:30 Welcome Back
    09:40 Live Coding is a Skill
    10:50 Preparing to Teach
    11:40 Morning Coffee
    11:55 More Practice Live Coding
    12:40 Managing a Diverse Classroom
    13:00 Lunch
    14:00 Checkout Process
    14:15 The Carpentries: How We Operate
    15:30 Afternoon Break
    15:45 Workshop Introductions
    16:25 Putting It Together
    16:45 Wrapping Up
    17:00 Argentina Instructor Introductions
    17:30 Finish

    We will use this Etherpad for chatting, taking notes, and sharing URLs and bits of code.

    Sponsors and supporters:

    This course is hosted by the University of Quilmes as a part of IDPfun grant. This course is also supported by de.NBI - ELIXIR, Germany.