Instructor Training


1 - 3 June 2022

9:00 am - 5:00 pm 1-2 June
09:00 am ~ 1:00 pm 3 June for optional instructor checkout

Instructors: Caroline Ajilogba, Anelda van der Walt, Juan Steyn

Helpers: Rooweither Mabuya

General Information

The Carpentries is a community of practice centered around teaching foundational coding and data science skills to researchers worldwide. This Instructor Training event is designed to prepare trainees to certify and participate as Carpentries Instructors. However, much of our curriculum focuses on educational principles that apply across a wide variety of contexts. We also welcome participants who do not plan to certify but simply wish to become a better teacher.

Carpentries Instructor Training has the following goals:

Because we have only limited time, some things are beyond the scope of this training. We will not be learning:

Instructor Training events are hands-on throughout: short lessons alternate with individual and group practical exercises, including practice teaching sessions. This Instructor Training event is the first step towards certification as a Carpentries Instructor. For more details on the other 3 steps, see the Checkout Instructions page. For more information, see our Instructor Training Curriculum.

Hosting partners

This workshop is jointly hosted by NITheCS and SADiLaR

The National Institute for Theoretical and Computational Sciences (NITheCS) is a platform that allows a diversity of knowledge fields to meet in a stimulating environment. NITheCS provides South Africa with the opportunity to become an international player in fields of science. It builds on the progress achieved by the National Institute for Theoretical Physics (NITheP), an NRF Centre of Excellence (CoE) that has led research programmes and educational opportunities in theoretical physics in South Africa and Africa.

The South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR) is a national centre supported by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI). SADiLaR has an enabling function, with a focus on all official languages of South Africa, supporting research and development in the domains of language technologies and language-related studies in the humanities and social sciences. During this workshop more information will also be provided about SADiLaR's Escalator programme which aims to foster and inclusive & active South African community of practice in Digital Humanities & Computational Social Science. Instructors trained as part of this workshop will be able to take part and teach at regional events presented as part of the Escalator programme

Code of Conduct

All participants are required to abide by The Carpentries Code of Conduct.



This is an online event and will be conducted using the Zoom video conferencing platform. No log-in is needed. However, if you have not used Zoom before, please click the link a few minutes early as it may prompt you to install the Zoom app or browser extension. You should have received a connection link in the same email that directed you to this website. If you found this page by another means and did not receive the connection link, please check your spam folder and email with your Trainers (contact details below) on cc.

How to Prepare for Instructor Training

Before your training, please visit our Preparing for Instructor Training page for complete instructions. A brief summary of these instructions is as follows

  1. Complete our Pre-training Survey. You will receive a custom link for your event when you receive your connection information.
  2. Select a lesson to use for teaching practice sessions and prepare a 3 minute segment, spending no more than 20-30 minutes to prepare.
  3. Please read the following:

Checkout: The Instructor Certification Process

After the training event, we ask you to complete three follow-up tasks to become a certified Instructor. These requirements are detailed on our Checkout Instructions page and will be discussed at our training.

Attendance and Cancellation

Trainees who miss more than 1 hour of the training may be marked absent. Instructor certification cannot be completed without full attendance at an Instructor Training event. If you unexpectedly need to miss more than 1 hour of your event, please contact your Trainers (contact info below).

For events in which registration occurs through The Carpentries via Eventbrite, cancellation may be performed in Eventbrite up to the start of the event. Canceled seats cannot be filled after the 1 week registration deadline for these events, so we ask that you only cancel if absolutely necessary.

More information on our cancellation and makeup policy is available in The Carpentries Handbook.


Please email for more information.


Please read the following before the workshop begins:

  1. The Science of Learning
  2. The Carpentries 2020 Annual Report

Please also read through one episode of one of The Carpentries lessons below carefully, so that you can do some exercises based on it on the first day of the class. An episode is one page of a lesson.

Training Materials and Schedule

Please see the Instructor Training Curriculum for course material and sample schedule for a 2-day event.

We will use this Etherpad for chatting, taking notes, and sharing URLs and bits of code.


Before attending the workshop, please fill out our pre-training survey.

After the workshop, please fill out our post-training survey.