QCIF mints new Carpentries instructors for Queensland

QCIF is close to producing 16 new ‘The Carpentries’ instructors for Queensland after a successful instructor training session on 9–10 April in Brisbane.

The Carpentries include Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry, which aim to teach foundational computational and data science skills to researchers. 
The course introduces the instructors to the latest evidence on how people learn and how best to teach them.
Once they become accredited, the new Carpentries instructors can lead workshops at their institution and beyond to upskill researchers in data analysis, coding, high-performance computing and more.
Of the new instructors, six are from UQ, four each from Griffith and QUT, and two from USQ. Attendees belong to a range of institutional groups, including the library, technical support and learning support, and from various research disciplines, such as ecology, biology, mathematics and medicine.
QCIF eResearch Analysts Dr David Green of UQ and David Warne of QUT completed the training, alongside QRIScloud Support Service Desk Manager Stephen Crawley.
Belinda Weaver, the Community and Communications Lead for The Carpentries(and former QCIF eResearch Analyst Team Leader), and Jonah Duckles, the Carpentries’ Director of Membership and Technology, led the instruction of the trainees.
Due to QCIF’s Carpentries membership, the training was free for all attendees.
QCIF would like to thank Belinda and Jonah for leading the instruction, and Griffith University for hosting the training at its Southbank campus.
Any queries about the Carpentries, please contact your local QCIF eResearch Analyst.

Belinda Weaver (far left) with the participants of QCIF's April 2018 Carpentries instructor training. (Photo: Dr Nick Hamilton, QCIF/RCC/IMB.)