Virtual hackweek tutorials

In an article providing tips for moving courses online, mathematician Leonardo Rolla says “The hardest part is that it takes a lot of least three times as much work as a traditional lecture, and that’s once you’re familiar with the tools.” The added time investment should be a key consideration when scoping what is possible with offering virtual hackweek tutorials.

The University of Washington offers excellent guidelines on teaching remotely. Here is a summary of the main points as they apply to hackweeks:


The ideas listed here assume that hackweek tutorials will be delivered on Zoom and that participants will be working in a JupyterHub environment. These are some considerations and recommended best practices based on our polling of various communities so far: