Traditionally, PICSciE has held interactive and hands-on live workshops and mini-courses. Due to COVID-19, we at PICSciE have been adapting workshops to a remote format (when feasible) delivered over Zoom. Until further notice, all PICSciE training workshops will be virtual. While we will strive to preserve the quality and overall feel of our in-person workshops, the Zoom experience does present some challenges for delivering hands-on training compared to being live with your peers in a room, and expectations should be calibrated accordingly.
We appreciate your patience and understanding during this unusual period as we strive to continue providing computing training to the Princeton community. If you have comments or questions, please email Gabe Perez-Giz (email@example.com), Research Software & Computing Training Specialist.
--The PICSciE Training Staff
Summer 2020 Virtual Workshops
The Princeton Institute for Computational Science & Engineering (PICSciE), in collaboration with OIT's Research Computing and other departments including Data & Statistical Analysis, Geosciences, Office of Population Research, Physics and PPPL, offers a series of workshops each semester on programming and commonly used research software tools. The current schedule for virtual workshops is below.
Registration is now open at www.princeton.edu/training. Note that registration for these events is limited and you may end up on a waiting list. Additional events and/or additional sessions of the events below may be added later, depending on staff availability.
Please read the section beneath the schedule that explains logistics for our virtual workshops (including what participants must setup in advance). Further logistical details (including Zoom links for each workshop) will be emailed to registrants approximately 24-48 business hours before each event.
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Virtual Workshop Logistics
Registration and Zoom links
As with in-person workshops, our virtual events still require registration at www.princeton.edu/training. Only individuals with active Princeton NetIDs may register for and attend our remote workshops.
A Zoom link for the workshop goes out to registrants and some waitlisted users (see below) by email, usually 24-48 business hours before the start of a workshop.
Many workshops have limited enrollments. Others (often the same ones) have heavy hands-on components. Please do not register for a workshop unless you can attend the full workshop and participate actively! You will be taking a slot from someone more ready to profit from the event. Don't worry -- we re-offer the same workshops periodically , and we make most workshop materials available for offline consumption.
If a workshop is full, the registration form will add you to a waitlist. We sometimes have advance cancellations -- when this happens, the next person on the waitlist will be automatically registered for the event and notified by email.
We also have occasional no-shows once the workshop starts. The first few people on the waitlist will also be sent the Zoom link the morning of the workshop. If they choose to, they can come to the "Zoom waiting room" before the start of the workshop to see whether we have any no-shows and thus open seats. We make no guarantees that any slots will be available, so this is purely at the waitlisted person's discretion.
Prerequisites and advance setup
This guide describes overarching prerequisites and setup instructions for virtual workshops. To minimize the need for troubleshooting, workshop registrants should read that guide and follow the instructions at least 72 hours in advance their workshop.
Users who try to set up on their own but find that they could use assistance before their workshop may register for and attend one of our separate catch-all "Setup Sessions" for guidance from PICSciE staff:
- Thu July 16, 10:30 am -- 12:00 pm (limited to 15 people)
- Wed July 22, 10:30 am -- 12:00 pm (limited to 15 people)
These setup sessions also require registration at www.princeton.edu/training (at least 24 hours before the setup session).
Troubleshooting technical issues (e.g. hardware/software setups, connecting to the Adroit training cluster, etc) is challenging and interruptive over Zoom, not to mention demanding on our human resources. Different workshops will handle troubleshooting differently:
- Some workshops do not require troubleshooting -- these are usually more webinar-style workshops without hands-on pieces. A basic familiarity with Zoom suffices.
- Some workshops will offer in-session troubleshooting, within limits (these usually have extremely limited enrollments). Some technical issues are simply too cumbersome to resolve in a timely way in real time, so we make no guarantees that technical issues will be resolved sufficiently to allow an attendee to continue participating fully actively in the workshop.
- Some workshops offer no in-session troubleshooting whatsoever (but they usually also accommodate larger enrollments). Workshops in this category state their no-troubleshooting policy clearly in their course descriptions (under "Hardware/software Prerequisites"). Prospective participants should be aware before registering that they will need to handle setup on their own (or attend a setup session in advance for assistance) by following our general guide in addition to any more specific instructions emailed out before the workshop and that, if any technical stumbling blocks arise, they will likely be unable to participate fully in hands-on portions of the workshop.