[BangPypers] [X-Post] PythonExpress challenges

Anuvrat Parashar anuvrat at anuvrat.in
Thu Aug 10 09:51:41 EDT 2017


On Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 4:35 PM, Anand B Pillai <anandpillai at letterboxes.org>
wrote:

    On Saturday 05 August 2017 02:07 PM, vijay kumar wrote:
    > Hi All,
    > As we discussed couple of months ago[0], PythonExpress project
requires
    > funding to take care of certain things.
    >
    > a) Keeping the tutor motivated and encouraged to conduct multiple
workshops
    > seems to be tough. Even though we take care of travel and
accommodation
    > with or without the help of colleges, we find short of tutors some
times.
    > IMO, we should provide a small token amount to tutors to show
appreciation.
    >
    > b) we should think of an option to provide college students
certificates as
    > a workshop without certificates is not welcomed as much by all
colleges and
    > students.
    > I think that this can be resolved in 2 ways.
    > 1. Request college to pay us if they need certificates - hard copy.
    > 2. Generate soft copies of certificate (PDF) and share it with
students
    > once college uploads the student details.
    >
    > Also,
    > c) Conducting Intermediate level workshop for the students who has
taken
    > the the beginners level since we are not able to find tutors.

    Vijay,

    >> What we have in India is a lack of mentors. This is no just with
    >> PythonExpress but with any similar project providing post-collegiate
    >> education free or at a minimal cost.


Agreed.


    >> There is the need for a system that will train the trainers, teach
the
    >> tutors.


We still won't have the guarantee that the trainers we train conduct good
workshops.

SpokenTutorials has solved this problem by creating their own audio-visual
content and conducting the trainings remotely. They essentially took the
trainer
out of the equation.



    >> PythonExpress should think of conducting intermediate level workshops
    >> with a view of teaching the tutors, training the trainers. For this a
    >> certification can be introduced and a very nominal fee charged to
take
    >> care of the expenses.
    >> This model will work out better in a long time frame since are
    >> replenishing the supply side (provider side) of the equation. The
demand
    >> side will always be there and growing.
    >> Experienced people can be asked to give such workshops. If we do
this, I
    >> will be glad to volunteer.


Me too.

@Anand, about the lack of mentors.

Kids promise that they would learn on their own, use the resources we
share,
reach out to the community if they have problems. But very few actualy do.
I was recently contacted by quite a few students from last year's
PythonExpress
workshops, but all had gone back to the Rat Race of maintaining CGPAs. No
one
had tried to learn more than what was covered in the workshop and one year
down
the line didn't even remember what was covered in the workshops.

This problem would require continued investment and patience on the lines
of
what the dgpLUG (hats off to Kushal and team) community has been able to
do.
One day, even week long workshops lack the perseverence, feedback loop,
intensity
for the evolution of mentor-mentee relationships.

My point being, is PE the right platform for this problem?

-- 
Anuvrat Parashar <http://anuvrat.in>
http://anuvrat.in


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