Educator Tips and Contribution Guidelines

General tips

  • Before submitting your project, run any code by yourself first to avoid any obvious errors and to make sure it works as expected.
  • Provide pictures or screenshots to illustrate complicated processes where needed.
  • Do not copy and paste existing content. Plagiarism is a serious issue and will not be tolerated. If the tutorial is inspired by some existing content (for example forking an Ethereum tutorial to convert it for use on Avalanche), reference it and link to it.
  • Add potential errors and troubleshooting. Of course, the tutorial shouldn’t list all possible errors but make an effort to catch the important or most common ones.
  • Include any walkthrough videos or video content in the PR by uploading it to Google Drive if needed.
  • Display sample outputs to help learners know what to expect, in the form of Terminal snippets or screenshots. Trim long outputs.
  • Take an error-driven approach where you bump into errors on purpose to teach learners how to debug them. For example, if you need to fund an account to be able to deploy a contract, first try and deploy without funding, observe the error that is returned, then fix the error (by funding the account) and try again.
  • Funding of accounts from faucets needs to be explained clearly as to which account is being funded, from where and why. Do not assume learners can accomplish this on their own!

How to structure your tutorial

  • The Title should be direct and clear, summarizing the tutorial’s goal.
  • Include an Introduction section explaining why this tutorial matters and what the context of the tutorial is. Don’t assume that it is obvious.
  • Include a Prerequisites section explaining any prior knowledge required or any existing tutorials that need to be completed first, any tokens that are needed, etc.
  • Include a Requirements section explaining any technology that needs to be installed prior to starting the tutorial and that the tutorial will not cover such as Metamask, Node.js, Truffle, HardHat, etc. Do not list packages that will be installed during the tutorial.
  • Use subheadings (H2: ##) to break down your explanations within the body of the tutorial. Keep the Table of Contents in mind when using subheadings, and try to keep them on point.
  • If the content below a subheading is short (for example, only a single paragraph and a code block), consider using bold text instead of a subheading.
  • Include a Conclusion section that summarizes what was learned, reinforces key points and also congratulates the learner for completing the tutorial.
  • Include a What’s Next section pointing to good follow-up tutorials or other resources (projects, articles, etc.)
  • Include an About The Author section at the end.
  • A References section must be present if you have taken any help in writing this tutorial from other documents, GitHub repos and other tutorials.
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