Getting administrator to be a "teacher-trainer" is hard for Campus Program

Hello,

I’m a university professor using GitHub classroom for one of my courses (I have a single organization) and would like to expand it (we’re using the same organization for multiple groups of the same course and it’s pretty messy, not to mention getting all the email notifications to my account).

The apparent way to make this scale well is to transition to GitHub Campus. However, there’s almost 0 chance my university will name an administrator who will be the teacher-trainer. We’re a computer science (software engineering) department and the IT admins are way too busy configuring the techs for lab spaces for other courses. Moving something to the cloud is about not having to administrate it. No professor would dare claim she was the teacher-trainer because that is just outside the scope of responsibilities (we must prioritize research over teaching). We have some IT support for courses, but they are Moodle (LMS) support people, and I fear supporting GitHub training would not work in their job description.

Funding licenses would not be an issue. But I’m having trouble finding a way to move us into the Campus Program because of the teacher-trainer hurdle. Have I misunderstood the obligation?

Hi @fuhrmanator

What exactly do you need? Multiple organizations where you can create private assignments for free? This can be easily achieved by being verified as a faculty through https://education.github.com/benefits. The process is swift. Verified faculty are entitled to create and handle organizations at will where they can take advantage of GitHub Education discounts.

There’s actually no need for appointing one of your teachers as Campus Advisor to get all those benefits.

Campus Advisors can receive support by GitHub in terms of sponsorships, free swag bags, are invited to give talks and join the community at large, but again the connection they have with GitHub goes beyond the benefits you need.

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Thanks for your reply - indeed I want to have multiple “organizations” within the context of my various courses/activities as a faculty member.

This can be easily achieved by being verified as a faculty through https://education.github.com/benefits. The process is swift. Verified faculty are entitled to create and handle organizations at will where they can take advantage of GitHub Education discounts.

When I go to the link you provide, I get to https://education.github.com/discount_requests/new which says

You’ve already submitted 1 request
Approved Your Sep 28, 2016 request for [X] was approved.

If I click to specify Faculty, then I see:

When you receive an email notifying you that you’ve been approved for GitHub Education faculty benefits, you may return to https://education.github.com/benefits to upgrade your academic GitHub organizations.

That implies I don’t need to re-verify. Going to the benefits link, I see:

From your message, it seems I want the “Teachers” (since it’s not a campus upgrade). However, clicking Get teacher benefits leads me back to https://education.github.com/discount_requests/new and the only option is to ask for re-evaluating me as faculty.

It’s why I assumed the only path for me was to go to the Campus Program (with the requirement of teacher-trainer).

What am I missing/misunderstanding? How can I create a new organization, e.g., for a different course/section/activity?

If you don’t see any dashboard at the bottom of https://education.github.com/benefits from which to apply upgrade coupons to your existing organizations and/or create new ones, then it means that you need to be verified again.

Faculty verifications take place periodically and the list you’ve got at https://education.github.com/discount_requests/new accounts only for past (approved) requests not for your ongoing benefits.

Visiting https://education.github.com/discount_requests/new and selecting Faculty should prompt you with something similar to:

OK, I’m re-applying following your advice, @pattacini - I will follow-up here. The UI is really not clear, but I guess it’s why there are forums for these questions.

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