For the benefit of everyone, we kindly ask you to respect the following basic rules of the school:
- Participate: Attendance at all lectures and exercises is mandatory; social and sport activities are optional but strongly recommended
- Be on time for classes, transport etc. If you are late, we won't wait.
- Wear your badge: It will help you and everyone to know who is who!
All restrictions and sanitary measures related to COVID-19 pandemic are available on a dedicated "COVID-19 measures" page. Please make sure you familiarise yourself with them and respect them.
Lectures are the main component of the school. They are marked in yellow in the timetable (week view).
After each lecture, we will invite you to take a short quiz (2-3 questions) that will help you confirm what you have learned during that lecture. These lecture quizzes will be available on "Quizzes and surveys" page.
Rolling up your sleeves and trying things yourself is a great way to learn and practice what you have heard during the lectures. For that purpose, most classes include hands-on exercises (marked in magenta in the weekly timetable). During the exercises, you will work on your laptop, and connect to exercise infrastructure on a provided local virtual machine, or on the a remote system (using your CERN account).
If you want to discuss school-related topics with the remote lecturers, or perhaps with other participants, please use Mattermost chat. The following channels were created for this purpose:
- Town Square - official communication and news; other discussions, not related to any specific class
- Introduction and additional lectures
- Track 1: Technologies and Platforms
- Track 2: Parallel and Optimised Scientific Software
- Track 3: Programming for Heterogeneous Architectures
- Off-Topic - socializing, memes etc. (please keep it civilised 🙂 )
These Mattermost channels will be available some time before the school, and will remain open for some time after the school, as long as they are used.
If you are not a frequent Mattermost user, here are some usage hints:
- When joining a message thread, make sure to hit the "Reply" button (or press Shift-Up keys)
- Use @name to notify a fellow participant, a lecturer or an organiser
- Manage the notifications (popups, pings etc.) at ☰ menu - Account Settings - Notifications (more details)
- See more in Mattermost User's Guide
Self-presentation session (recommended)
Getting to know fellow participants, and exchanging with them, is a major added value of our schools. To facilitate this, we will have a self-presentation session on the first day of the school. Each participant, lecturer and organiser will have a possibility to present him-/herself during one minute, using a single slide. You may want to use this opportunity to mention where you come from, your current work, your professional interests - but also your hobbies, things you've done and you're proud of (or not 🙂) etc. The slides will be visible only to other participants of the school, but not public. See some examples here.
Student lightning talks (optional)
The student lightning talks session on Monday afternoon will include a few short presentations (5-7 minutes max.) presented by school participants. It is an occasion for you to present briefly some scientific or technical topic related to the school programme. This could be an interesting technology, tool or service that you are using; overview of the experiment or project you're working on etc. (However, please avoid presenting an in-depth topic that requires extensive prior knowledge to understand). For some inspirations, see examples from the previous years.
If you want to propose a lightning talk, then please submit your proposal here by Saturday October 9th.
The school concludes with a a final examination on Friday afternoon. The exam covers all lectures, except the introduction, summary, guest and special evening lectures. There will be two questions per lecture, so a total of 22 questions. Each of them is a multiple choice question, with four possible answers provided, but only one of them correct. The passing threshold is 50% of correct answers.
Diploma and Certificate of Attendance
Participants who pass the exam, and who have participated in the school as expected, will be granted an official CSC Diploma. Those who have actively participated but have not passed the exam will be provided with a Certificate of Attendance.
After the school ends, we will ask you to fill in the anonymous feedback questionnaire. Please take the time to respond to the questions, and tell us what you think about various aspects of the school. This really helps us getting (even) better!