|Activity Type||Number of Activities||Number of SA Public Universities Reached||Number of Participants|
|Blended Learning SIG||2||16||63|
|Digital & Computational (Carpentries) Workshops||14||25||558|
|Identity Management & Federation||1||15||31|
|Train the Trainer||3||19||98|
Other publicly funded institutions also benefited from the programme, including research councils and research organisations.
As mentioned above, the RCCPII capacity development initiative reached 775 individuals with several participants taking part in more than one activity. Over the 15 months we had 81 people acting as instructors and 30 acting as helpers. Some people instructed several times.
The plot below (downloaded from the RCCPII Shiny App) shows the diversity in participants’ disciplines as well as their job role at the time of the activity.
The RCCPII capacity development initiative team set out from the start, with the vision of making the activities accessible to the broadest possible contingent of South African students (mostly targeting postgraduate students), academics, and support staff. The plot below shows the diversity that was achieved in terms of race and gender.
We would like to specifically highlight contents and outcomes of Carpentries workshops since it is still not a well-known capacity development ‘tool’ in various regions in South Africa.
During the Carpentries workshops the following topics were covered:
The tools that were covered included:
It is important to note that all these tools are available for free (no license cost) to anyone in the world. This means that all participants could take what they’ve learned back to their work or home and continue to learn/do with no additional barriers of license costs. All the tools can also be implemented on any operating system on most laptops/desktops.
In RCCPII capacity development initiative we used the tools we teach: