Live Training Sessions are only intended to be 2.5-3 hours long, and include an opening and closing presentation. That means as an Instructor, you have approximately 1.5-2 hours for the actual coding activity itself - use your time wisely!

Material Covered

Keeping in mind the need for regular Q and A breaks, we suggest dividing the material you want to cover into roughly 3-4 sections, including a capstone activity (optional).

Your session should ideally have a good narrative flow from start to finish. You may choose to have learners build on code from earlier on, or start fresh with each section, but remember - the goal of the Live Training Session is to have learners actively coding along with you!

As the learners will receive the session materials afterwards (the slidedeck, solution notebook, and session recording), it is also good practice to include brief explanations of each activity's directions, and a short recap of any coding syntax introduced.

Q&A Breaks

Throughout the live training, you'll have access to address student questions. This is a vital part of the interactive nature of the Live Training Session format - although, please note you will not be interacting with the learners directly. Your TAs will monitor the GoToWebinar question panel for you, and collate questions in a separate Q and A Google doc. Your TAs will also use this document to convey information to you during the session.

Here are some tips and things to keep in mind.

  • Have short Q&A sessions (minimum of 3) scattered throughout the session. We have believe that increased interaction and feedback from the Instructor elevates the user experience during the session.
  • You only need to answer questions are you comfortable with
  • When you are answering a question, be sure to read it out first
  • The DataCamp TA will alert you on the document once it's time to move on

Here is an example on how to structure your coding activity:

0. Introductory Presentation


  1. Introduction to notebook: describe case study, brief exploration of dataset
  2. Q and A
  3. Topic 1
  4. Q and A
  5. Topic 2
  6. Q and A
  7. Topic 3
  8. Capstone exercise and recap
  9. Q and A


10. Closing Presentation

Note: Although it may seem strange to hold a Q and A break immediately after opening the notebook and viewing the data, remember that learners may have other questions from the introductory presentation. They also may have signed up late, or may need to catch up to setting up the coding environment.

See this article for more information on setting up your coding environment.

See this article for more information on creating your presentation slidedeck

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