Virtual Software Carpentry Workshops: Key learnings to make it a success

27 February 2020, webinar

Webinar date: Thursday, 27 February 2020, 12–1pm AEST (1–2pm AEDT).

Software Carpentry workshops have been providing training to the research community with the goal of upskilling researchers’ computing skills, enabling them to be more effective and efficient, particularly with regards to processing data. These workshops, which are typically held over two days in a physical location, usually involve several instructors and workshop assistants to provide training to the group of researcher participants. This method of training delivery is quite successful throughout the world, (and is the most common method chosen). 

CQUniversity has the largest footprint of any university in Australia, in which we have more than 20 national locations, with RHD students who work and study remotely. This geographical diversity means that the standard of face-to-face training is not feasible, in turn severely limiting the number of staff and students who can participate. 

We often hear people say that virtual workshops don’t work or are inferior to the face-to-face sessions. This presentation will aim to convince you that virtual workshops are just as effective at delivering Software Carpentry workshops, and in some cases, superior to face-to-face sessions.

The learnings and experiences from providing virtual Software Carpentry workshops over the last three years at CQUniversity will be detailed, and the talk will highlight what has been found to work well and what hasn’t, as well as providing some tips on how to make your virtual workshop delivery a success!

ARDC and QCIF are jointly hosting this webinar.

Webinar presenter: Jason Bell, QCIF's CQU-based eResearch Analyst.

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