Piloting Collaborative Lesson Development Training

Help us test out a new training curriculum.


This June and July, we will pilot a new program of Collaborative Lesson Development Training. To apply to join the training, follow the link at the end of this post.

About the Training

Aimed at groups of collaborators who want to start creating a new lesson, Collaborative Lesson Development Training will focus on three main topics:

  1. Good practice in lesson design and development
  2. Creating lesson websites with The Carpentries Workbench
  3. Collaboration skills

Spread over six half-days, with an extended break between sessions 4 & 5, participants will learn how to prepare an effective lesson to suit a defined target audience, how to implement that lesson as an open source website using The Carpentries Workbench, and how to collaborate and build community around a lesson project.

Participants will apply these principles as they are introduced during the training, creating a sound foundation for their lesson in a series of hands-on exercises, trialling newly-developed content, and preparing their lesson repository for collaboration.

Planned Schedule

Day 1

  • Introduction
  • About your lessons
  • Identifying your target audience
  • Defining lesson objectives

Day 2

  • The Carpentries Workbench
  • Designing assessments 1

Day 3

  • Designing assessments 2
  • Example data and narrative

Day 4

  • How to write a lesson
  • How we operate
  • Preparing to teach

break for participants to test their lesson content

Day 5

  • Reflecting on trial runs
  • Collaborating with newcomers

Day 6

  • Collaborating with people you already know
  • Wrap-up

The pilot will be taught by Toby Hodges, Aleksandra Nenadic, Sarah Stevens, and Mateusz Kuzak.

Who is the training for?

The pilot is aimed at teams of 2-4 people who wish to collaborate on a new lesson. At least one member of each team should be a certified Instructor, having completed The Carpentries Instructor Training, or another training covering similar topics, e.g. RStudio Instructor Training.

Before joining the training, participants are expected to know how to write formatted text (e.g. bold and italic, headings, links, bullet point and numbered lists) with Markdown, and be able to create and edit files with the GitHub web interface.


This training will take place virtually, combining video and screen sharing on Zoom with a collaborative notetaking document for sharing notes, responses to exercises, and links to further resources.

The first pilot will take place 12:00-16:00 UTC 13-16 June 2022 and 27&28 July 2022 (12:00-16:00 UTC).

There is no fee to join the pilot, but spaces are limited. To ensure that we include a diverse range of participants, we ask you to apply to participate in the training by filling out the short application form before the end of Sunday 15 May 2022, Anywhere in the World.

For more information and to ask questions, please send me an email.

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