Running the Course
This page is for the course instructor.
Here is a bit of background information about how we’ve been running the course internally at Google.
Before you run the course, you will want to:
Make yourself familiar with the course material. We’ve included speaker notes to help highlight the key points (please help us by contributing more speaker notes!). When presenting, you should make sure to open the speaker notes in a popup (click the link with a little arrow next to “Speaker Notes”). This way you have a clean screen to present to the class.
Select your topic for the afternoon of the fourth day. This may be based on the audience you expect, or on your own expertise.
Decide on the dates. Since the course is large, we recommend that you schedule the four days over two weeks. Course participants have said that they find it helpful to have a gap in the course since it helps them process all the information we give them.
Find a room large enough for your in-person participants. We recommend a class size of 15-20 people. That’s small enough that people are comfortable asking questions — it’s also small enough that one instructor will have time to answer the questions. Make sure the room has desks for yourself and for the students: you will all need to be able to sit and work with your laptops. In particular, you will be doing a lot of live-coding as an instructor, so a lectern won’t be very helpful for you.
On the day of your course, show up to the room a little early to set things up. We recommend presenting directly using
mdbook serverunning on your laptop (see the installation instructions). This ensures optimal performance with no lag as you change pages. Using your laptop will also allow you to fix typos as you or the course participants spot them.
Let people solve the exercises by themselves or in small groups. Make sure to ask people if they’re stuck or if there is anything you can help with. When you see that several people have the same problem, call it out to the class and offer a solution, e.g., by showing people where to find the relevant information in the standard library.
Prepare anything you need to have available for the afternoon of day 4.
That is all, good luck running the course! We hope it will be as much fun for you as it has been for us!
Please provide feedback afterwards so that we can keep improving the course. We would love to hear what worked well for you and what can be made better. Your students are also very welcome to send us feedback!