I’m a longtime Python enthusiast and open knowledge advocate, I’ve been involved with Wikimedia for many years and was one of the cofounders of Wikimedia Israel.
I’m really excited about OTS as a model for teaching technology to people with little or no technological background.
Here in Jerusalem we are already planning two Python-for-beginners workshops to be delivered along the OTS model, in a very cool hub-like space we have here in town.
One of the workshops is part of a longer course that is meant to provide graduates of social science and the humanities with a kind of a glimpse into the tech world (mainly for career purposes) and the other is focusing on empowering some of the local digital humanities activists who come from a humanities background but lack the tech skill.
For now, the instructor team is supposed to be made of myself and some of my friends and co-workers. The learner groups are, as I wrote, quite well-defined for now and we aren’t trying to reach out to everyone yet, rather recruit from specific groups of people.
My question basically is what you recommend. Should we go through the OTS chapter formation and all the OTS branding (create an OTS Jerusalem Meetup group, Facebook or Twitter presence etc.) or maybe we should delay it till later, after we see how we can pull off these first classes on our own.
How do I best connect to the people behind OTS Tel Aviv? They seem to have been pretty successful with their Python workshops.
Anything else you would recommend to me? I read through the various handbooks.