Each week Software Carpentry Instructors participate in a debriefing session to reflect on workshops held during the previous week. This was the first debriefing for Swinburne Instructors. The discussion also included instructors from Northwestern University, Simon Fraser University, University of Melbourne and Washington State University. Each section of the workshop was discussed and reviewed. I must say I'm really impressed with the Software Carpentry Foundation. Following up with instructors and evaluating workshops matters. I really hope Swinburne embraces Software Carpentry and recognises the value of being part of a larger community.
Following our first Software Carpentry workshop I put together a quick D3.js interactive visualisation, profiling the workshop participants.
Thirty people attended part or all of the workshop. Roughly half the participants were women, with an even split between PhD students (light grey - outer ring) and established research postdocs and staff (dark grey - outer ring). The script (participants.html) for generating the above plot, and example data (participants_template.csv), can be downloaded from this resources repository. The template was provided by @evilangelpixie and is a modified version of the Sequences Sunburst template.