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Any of you who have talked with me about teaching R for any length of time have heard me talk about how 'life changing' the instructor training I received through Data Carpentry and Software Carpentry as been. A big part of that is because Software Carpentry was founded by Greg Wilson, and he has spent a LOT of time thinking about teaching, and learning from the best pedagogical research on how to teach coding. Greg just released a new book all about teaching technology, and while not all of will apply to teaching R, this is 100% what I recommend folks read if they want to learn how to teach coding based on the best science of how people learn. Greg is also fantastic at building practices into his classrooms that are welcoming to new comers and make sure that some of the barriers that those with great experience sometimes put up without thinking are broken down. The book is available open source online, more info here. http://third-bit.com/2018/07/15/teaching-tech-together.html
Hello Everyone. I had the great chance to attend the ROpenSci 'unconference' this past week and one product to come out of that was a science education group around R, with the goal of sharing teaching resources. More details here - https://github.com/ropenscilabs/rOpenSciEd
Humboldt State University will conduct our sixth annual summer short course on individual-based (agent-based) modeling, July 18-22, 2016. The course is intended primarily for university faculty interested in teaching their own modeling courses, but we also encourage participants interested mainly in research applications. The course will be based on the textbook "Agent-based and Individual-based Modeling: A Practical Introduction" by Railsback and Grimm: http://www.railsback-grimm-abm-book.com/ and led by Steve Railsback, Volker Grimm, and Steve Lytinen. The course's main goal will be to introduce participants to both the software - NetLogo - and the modeling concepts in the book, to the point that they can then teach themselves and others how to become productive modelers. We will focus especially on developing NetLogo skill and understanding, via exercises and projects with a high level of instructor interaction. The course will be held this year at Humboldt State, in the heart of northern California's beautiful redwood coast. The fee is expected to be $600, which includes instruction and materials, social events, and lunches. Participants will provide their own transportation to and lodging in Arcata; low-cost campus lodging wll be available. Applications are being accepted until April 8th. Additional information and the short application form are at: http://www2.humboldt.edu/ibm/