Pioneering online lesson supplement for carpentries instructor training: Increasing Instructor Participation and Certification Numbers in Africa
An African Carpentries Task Force , established in 2017, focuses on mentoring initiatives to increase the turnover of instructor trainee to active instructor. Mentoring can enhance professional development and teaching in particular . In the first half of 2018, the African Task Force implemented an online lesson supplement which offered six weekly 90 min sessions for trainees who had participated in instructor training but were not yet teaching at Carpentry workshops . The online sessions covered a core part of the Data Carpentry curriculum and gave participants the opportunity to i) learn parts of the curriculum new to them and ii) experience how The Carpentries lessons are taught in order to build confidence.
The online sessions ran from 20 March 2018 to 24 April 2018 using video conference software and were limited to five participants. The instructor for each session was supported by one assistant instructor, one admin support and one technical support person. Feedback was gathered after each session as well as after the end of the series in a dedicated feedback session.
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