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:
- Developed and delivered a 2 day Machine learning using R course (Sydney Uni access only).
- Developed and delivered a 2 day Machine learning using python course (Sydney Uni access only).
- Developed and delivered a 4.5 hour RNA-seq data analysis course using R + HPC. Slides.
- Organised and co-developed python and machine learning content for and co-delivered a 5 day Business School Data Science Summer School (Sydney Uni access only) 2019 & 2020, including running a data hackathon for the attendees.
- Adapted and delivered the Data Carpentry R for Geospatial Data Analysis at the University of Sydney and as part of Sydney ResBaz 2019.
- Co-developed and delivered an Introductory R for Biomedical researchers course at the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Centre.
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.