- The room needs to be sufficiently large (a typical workshop is attended by
around 20 learners and 4 instructors).
- There needs to be enough space for instructors to walk around and interact
with learners individually (a “flat” room is required).
- Learners should face the same direction, and learners should be able to sit
side-by-side for pairwise work.
- The room should preferably have windows, and be ventilated well enough so
that 20-30 people (and same amount of laptops) will not make it too warm.
- A coffee room (or similar) should be located nearby for the coffee breaks.
- Two overhead projectors are desirable, but if only one is available that will
- The projector screen needs to be large, and the resolution of the projector
needs to be good.
- Stable wireless connectivity for 20-30 people.
- Sufficiently many electricity outlets so that all participants can charge
- Standing board for instructor.
CodeRefinery workshops are hands-on and interactive, and a lot of time is
spent on exercises where participants learn by doing. Participants
explore themselves, and that means they need guides to help them if
they get stuck.
We recommend that each site takes proactive steps to recruit at least
two helpers per workshop. We’ve noticed that helper diversity
promotes learning, so we recommend that organizers also make proactive
steps to have diverse helpers (male/female, international, etc.).
Local organizers should directly contact possible helpers and invite them.
Good candidates are people who have any of:
- have attended a previous CodeRefinery workshop
- have a passion for teaching, scientific software development, open
source, open science, etc.
- are research software engineers or hold a similar technical research position
- have experience from teaching e.g. Software Carpentry workshops
- want to experience CodeRefinery but already have a good idea of most basics
When we organize a workshop or event at a new site, we may need help with some local arrangements,
- Booking a lecture room.
- Ordering coffee and refreshments.
- Advertise the workshop through local dissemination channels.
After the workshop
Would you like to become a helper, instructor, or partner
and make more workshops possible?