A common obstacle is not knowing how to do local meetups - see point 3 under “Create Community” above for resources
People are friends and are instructors but do not have formal meetups which may make the community feel closed to newcomers
A Twitter list of people/topics to follow could be a way to see how to engage and learn about the community
For some people it took about a year from first exposure to considering/seeking instructor training. That doesn’t have to be the case for you
In-person meetups are even more important as people are more spread out across a university, or working remotely
People are using lesson materials in places outside of Carpentries workshops, for early-stage researchers, and for non-academics interested in research
Folks feel part of the community because they’re on email lists, getting Carpentry Clippings, and/or engaging with lesson materials
Running regular workshops helps get new instructors teaching
What works locally: Local communication channels. Maybe a website. Quarterly meetups. A challenge is to keep track of workshops being taught, and getting people to teach. More about the time than the wanting to teach. (Try postdocs!) Selling the teaching as teaching experience.
You can bridge out from one institution to others. Don’t think you only have to teach locally - sign up when there is a call for instructors elsewhere! It’s a great experience to see how others do it and teach in new environments. And your travel will be paid for!
Came for the teaching (pedagogy), stayed for the community. How do you go from “consumer” to “producer”/”creator”?
6. Some questions still on our minds
Being an only instructor in an environment, how can you get community/workshops going? And once there is a community and workshops happening, what alternatives are there to meet up besides 2-day workshops?
There are instructors, there are workshops, but how can you offer continuous learning opportunities - a peer learning community? Maybe recurring hacky hours is a good model.
How do you motivate people? Where do you find people who are motivated? How can you leverage regional activities/collaborations?
Any good incentives to offer to get people teaching?
7. How would you describe The Carpentries community?
It includes people interested in teaching computational skills in a friendly way.
This does not mean you need to be a certified instructor! People get together online and in person to discuss teaching approaches, and often in other spaces (e.g. RLadies, local meetups). The Carpentries community includes parts of those communities as well