Unlike courses, live training sessions are designed to be more open-ended, with a lot more room to create a training that replicates 2 to 3-hour real-life data science projects. Accordingly, they are easier and faster to author as the amount of content expected to be created is considerably lower than an average DataCamp course.

You are expected to create the slides for the introductory and closing sessions of your training, as well as the material needed for the session. A DataCamp content developer will be there to provide feedback and guidance on all the content created - and a DataCamp TA will be there to help you out with the logistics before and during the session.

This document contains a set of relevant links to get you started - from designing your live training outline, to the training content guidelines, a slide deck template, and more. As we are rolling out these sessions, your feedback on how to make this easier/better for you and learners is super valuable!

Onboarding (2 days)

The first step in the live training creation process is making sure you’re set up with the tools, development repository, and documentation needed to get started. This will come in the form of an onboarding email from your TA, with links to your session Github repo and Asana project. The Asana project will list all the tasks you need to complete.

You will also need to submit a marketing form outlining a few bullet points of what the session is about. This is to populate the landing page for the session, so no need to be extremely specific and what is taught. It is also recommended that you fill out the marketing form while completing the session specs in your Github .readme, as they contain similar information.

Note that you MUST submit this form by the deadline on Asana, otherwise the session risks being delayed. Proper marketing time must be given to ensure high registration/attendance rates.

After this is done, you will schedule a kickoff meeting with your CD to discuss the motivation and development process behind live sessions.

See this article for more information on Onboarding.

Live training specs development (4 days)

While being onboarded, you will receive access to a GitHub repository to develop your live training on. The first step is filling out the README document in the repository.

See this article for more information on Session Specs Development

Live training development (1 - 1.5 weeks)

Unless you are teaching a specific type of technology or tool (Excel, Shiny, Tableau etc…) - you’re most probably going to develop your session on Google Colabs. When doing so, you will need to create 2 notebooks. One solution notebook that you will share with learners after the session and can rely on while giving your session on another screen - and one session notebook that is essentially an emptied-out version of the solution notebook that you and learners will use during the session.

Regardless of technology used, you will also have to create a slide deck for the introduction of your session and the closing notes of your session. See below for further articles on Session Creation.

Your Content Developer will provide written feedback for the content created, both slides and notebooks. Once everything is finalized, make sure to send production ready links (solution notebook link, session notebook link, slides) to your Content Developer.

Live training itself (3 hours)

As soon as you are done with development, you will schedule a meeting with a DataCamp TA ideally 1 or 2 days before the session to go through GoToWebinar, what to expect during the meeting, what the Q and A will look like and a small rehearsal. If you have any questions about how the session will go, this is a great time to ask away! See this article for more information on the day of procedure.

If you are using notebooks, we found the most efficient way to teach without getting cognitive overload is to have a 2 screen setup where the session notebook is being shared on GoToWebinar, and the solution notebook and Q&A doc is on another screen that you have access to.

See the following articles for more information on:

Session Specs Development

DataCamp Style Guidelines

Session Content Guidelines

Setting Up Your Coding Environment

Coding Activity Structure

Designing Your Slidedeck

If you have any questions about session logistics, contact your TA. If you have any questions about session content, contact your CD.

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