Skill Pills are a series of extracurricular intensive nanocourses designed for OIST students, taught by volunteer OIST members and open to all.
Skill Pills provides a platform for any OIST member to propose a specific topic for a course. When the topic is recognised to be valuable for the students and the OIST research community, the Graduate School will gather volunteer teachers and students, and organise the details of the course. Skill Pills will focus on providing to the participants a basic set of practical skills that will be of direct use in the students' research and graduate curriculum.
Target audience and teaching opportunities
Skill Pills are primarily designed around students’ specific needs, both theoretical and experimental, as determined directly by Faculty members and students themselves. OIST students will therefore be the primary target for participants, although once a given Skill Pill is decided on and organised, any remaining seats can be filled by members of the OIST community. Participation in Skill Pills is voluntary and should be driven by a will to learn above anything else.
Each nanocourse will be taught by volunteer faculty members, postdocs and even students gathered within OIST. With more than 360 researchers in its midst, OIST is overflowing with knowledge that is begging to be propagated. Skill Pills provide a great teaching opportunities to all researchers.
Skill Pills exist within a flexible structure that can adapt to OIST members’ schedules as much as possible. The courses will follow several models, according to the topic of the course. For light topics (e. g. Introduction to LaTeX, or Git) short sessions of a few hours can be organised. For heavier topics (MATLAB, Introduction to Neural Networks) one or two-day intensive courses are preferable. In order not to interfere with student classes and experiments, the courses will preferably happen during evenings for light topics, and during weekends and holidays for full-day courses. This will allow all participants to be able to focus entirely on a single topic and learn as much as possible during that uninterrupted period of time.
The Skill Pills will focus as much as possible on problem solving with a hands-on approach so as to make sure that the participants will be walking away with practical tools they know how to use. Of course, a two day experience does not make one an expert, and hard work and perseverance is ultimately left to the participants’ capable hands, but Skill Pills will always aim to provide a friendly push in the right direction.
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Future Skill Pills
We list here all the Skill Pills that are currently planned. Follow the links below for more information or signing up.
|Skill Pill: LaTeX||TBD, 4 two-hour sessions in November|
|Skill Pill: Thermodynamics of Open Quantum Systems||October 10 and 12, 10AM to 12PM|
|Skill Pill: Amira||TBD, 3 two-hour sessions in November|
Past Skill Pills
We list here past Skill Pills. Follow the links to get more information as well as downloading the slides or material of the course.
Skill Pills 2018
|Skill Pill: Inkscape||September 25 and 27, 1PM to 3PM|
|Skill Pill: Regular Expressions||August 28 and 30, 1PM to 3PM|
|Skill Pill: Hands-on Electronics||August 23, 27 and 29, from 1PM to 4 or 5PM|
|Skill Pill: Git||July 10 and 12, 10AM - 12PM|
|Skill Pill: GIMP||June 25 and 28, 1PM - 3PM|
|Skill Pill: BLAST||July 17 and 18, 10AM - 12PM|
|Skill Pill: Building and Maintaining a CV||July 3 and 5, 10AM - 12PM|
|Skill Pill: Terminal||May 22, 24, 28, 10AM to 12PM|
|Skill Pill: Filmmaking for Scientists||May 30, 31, June 6, AM|
|Skill Pill: 3D Printing||May 14, 16, 10AM to 12PM|
|Skill Pill: Calculus of Variations||April 23. 25, 27, 10AM to 12PM|
|Skill Pill: Teaching Techniques||April 17, 19, 10AM to 12PM|
|Skill Pill: Phylogenetic Reconstruction||April 10 (1PM to 3PM) and 12 (1PM to 4PM)|
|Skill Pill: Intro to Programming||March 26, 29, April 2, 5, 1PM to 3PM|
|Skill Pill: Skill Pill: Android Development||April 4, 1PM to 5PM|
|Skill Pill: LabVIEW||March 20, 23, 27, 30, 10AM to 12PM|
|Skill Pill: Philosophy of Mind||Feb 27, Mar 2, 6, 9, 10AM and 11AM to 12PM|
|Skill Pill: Bayesian statistics||January 18, 19, 25 and 26, 10AM to 12PM|
|Skill Pill: Visualizing Tomography Data||February 6, 8 and 13, 10AM to 12PM|
Skill Pills 2017
|Skill Pill+: Nanoparticles by Design||December 9 (Saturday) 10AM to 6PM|
|Skill Pill: Super-resolution Microscopy||December 6, 7 or 8, 10AM to 12PM|
|Skill Pill: Electronics for Computational Neuroscience||November 18 and 25 (Saturdays)|
|Skill Pill: Planning Your Scientific Journey||Every Wednesday from October 4th to November 1st, 12PM to 1PM|
|Skill Pill: LaTeX||November 6, 7, 13 and 14, 1PM to 3PM|
|Skill Pill: GPU||November 7, 9 and 14, 10AM to 12PM|
|Skill Pill: Digital Marketing||Wednesday October 11, from 10AM to 12PM|
|Skill Pill: MATLAB||October 3, 5, 10 and 12, 10AM~12PM|
|Skill Pill: Keynote||September 27 and 28, 10AM~12PM|
|Skill Pill: Raspberry Pi||Saturday September 9, 10AM to 6PM|
|Skill Pill: Linux||August 22, 24 and 29, 10AM to 12PM|
|Skill Pill: Python||July 31, August 3, 7, 10, 10AM to 12PM|
|Skill Pill: General Relativity||Tuesdays from July 11 to August 29 (2PM)|
|Skill Pill: Julia||July 4, 6, 11 and 13 (5-7PM)|
|Skill Pill: Intro to Bioinformatics||June 17, 24 (Saturdays, 10AM-6PM) + June 16 (3-5PM)|
|Skill Pill: SolidWorks||May 18, 19, 25, 26 (10-12PM) + May 17 (11AM-12PM)|
|Skill Pill: Calculus||May 17, 18, 24, 25 (5-7PM)|
|Skill Pill: DMRG||May 29th and June 1st (1:30PM - 3PM)|
|Skill Pill: Terminal||April 5, 6 and 10 (5-7PM)|
|Skill Pill: Differential Operators||March 23, 27 and 30 (5-7PM)|
|Skill Pill: Intro to Programming||March 18 and 25 (Saturdays, 10AM-6PM)|
|Skill Pill: Quantum Information 2||February 16, 22, 23 (5-7PM)|
|Skill Pill: Intro to Neurobiology||February 4 and 11 (Saturdays)|
|Skill Pill: LaTeX||January 30, February 2, 6, 9 (5-7PM)|
Skill Pills 2016
|Skill Pill: C/C++||December 10, 17 (Saturdays)|
|Skill Pill: Fourier Transforms||December 1, 7 and 8 from 5 to 7PM|
|Skill Pill: Next-gen Sequencing||November 17, 19 and 23|
|Skill Pill: gnuplot||November 14 and 21 from 5 to 7PM|
|Skill Pill: R||October 22 and 29 (Saturdays), 10AM to 6PM|
|Skill Pill: Quantum Information||October 17 and 24 (Mondays), 5 to 7PM|
|Skill Pill: Mathematica||September 13, 14, 20 and 21 (Tuesdays and Wednesdays) from 5 to 7PM|
|Skill Pill: Materials Modeling and Simulation||September 10 (Saturday) from 10AM to 6PM|
|Skill Pill: Keynote||September 6 and 7 (Tuesday, Wednesday) from 5 to 7PM|
|Skill Pill: LabVIEW||July 19, 20, 26, 27, August 9, 10, from 5PM to 7PM (Tuesdays and Wednesdays)|
|Skill Pill: Inkscape||July 25th and August 1st, from 1PM to 3PM|
|Skill Pill: Data Structures and Algorithms with Python||July 23rd and 30th (consecutive Saturdays)|
|Skill Pill: Database Manipulation||June 21st, 23rd, 28th, 30th from 5PM to 7PM|
|Skill Pill: Intro to Cellular Biology||May 14th and 21st, 2016 (Consecutive Saturdays)|
|Skill Pill: Git||June 1st (Wed.) and 2nd (Thur.) from 5PM to 7PM|
|Skill Pill: Arduino||April 16th, from 10AM to 5:30PM (Saturday)|
|Skill Pill: Presentation Skills||April 14th, from 10AM to 5:30 PM (Thursday during Final Fortnight)|
|Skill Pill: CAD with SOLIDWORKS||March 30th, 31st, April 6th, 7th from 1PM to 3PM (weekdays)|
|Skill Pill: Differential Equations||March 26th and 27th, 2016 (Saturday and Sunday)|
|Skill Pill: Terminal||March 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th from 5PM to 7PM (weekdays)|
|Skill Pill: Gravitational Waves||March 7th, 8th and 10th, 2016, from 4:30PM.|
|Skill Pill: Statistics||February 27th and 28th, 2016 (Saturday and Sunday)|
|Skill Pill: Programming with Python||February 13th and 20th, 2016 (Consecutive Saturdays)|
|Skill Pill: Matrix Algebra||January 30th and 31st, 2016 (Saturday and Sunday)|
|Skill Pill: LaTeX||January 18, 21, 25 and 28, 2016 (From 5PM to 7PM)|
|Skill Pill: Group Theory||January 16th and 23rd, 2016 (Consecutive Saturdays)|
Skill Pills 2015
|Skill Pill: MATLAB||November 28-29th, 2015 (Saturday-Sunday)|
Credits and recognition
Because of the unscripted and unaccredited nature of Skill Pill, participants will not be able to earn OIST credits that contribute to their degree. Skill Pill completion will, however, be recognized by means of eFront certificates. Furthermore, we are confident that the practical skills the students will work towards acquiring will be fully rewarding in their own right.
For Skill Pills teachers, participation will be officially recorded and recognition will be addressed in the most appropriate way possible, such as logging those hours towards the required teaching hours for OIST students, or by issuing official certificates for students, postdocs and faculty.
We will however require that the direct supervisor of the prospective teachers should be notified in advance of the participation.
Proposing a topic
If you would like to see a custom Skill Pill organized, contact Jeremie Gillet. In case where the topic is very specific (e. g. Group Theory for physicists), we will ask you to find at least 2 or 3 teachers and 5 or 6 students on your own before we validate the nanocourse and open it to the OIST community to find additional teachers and students.
For more information about Skill Pill, never hesitate to contact Jeremie Gillet.