I am a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (FHEA) & a Carpentries Instructor trainer. I am passionate about using evidence-based teaching practices for supporting adult learners in developing digital skills.

RStudio Certified training

I am an RStudio Certified Instructor with over 6 years experience in developing and delivering training commercially and at Go8 Universities in Australia. If you are interested in commercial data science training using R or python, please reach out via email at d.vanichkina at gmail dot com. My ABN is 14 264 195 525.

Professional experience at the Sydney Informatics Hub

As part of my role at the Sydney Informatics Hub, I develop and deliver training for researchers at the University of Sydney. Please see here for upcoming courses. Recently, I:

Teaching philosophy

I am passionate about teaching and training, especially programming, analytics and reproducible research foundations to researchers. I am a proponent of active learning, and (when appropriate!) project-based and activity-based learning. I believe that the combination of innovative strategies in teaching, including peer learning and flipped classrooms, with the best that the digital revolution has to offer (video recordings of lectures, podcasts, screencasts, interactive web-based learning environments and MOOCs from the world’s best thinkers) makes today an especially fortunate time to be a learner. Students need no longer be limited by where they are geographically to learn, and instead of working on mundane fill-in-the-blanks secret class assignments can set up web resources, blogs and apps to showcase skills they’ve acquired to future employers as part of a truly modern education.