Does anyone have any experience teaching stacks over the category of manifolds to students whose background is, say, a semester-long course on manifolds? Does anyone know of any publicly available notes on the subject, preferably in English? [My French is limited to the knowledge of the alphabet :). I can read Russian.]

I am aware of a paper by Behrend and Xu, Metzler's paper in the arxiv, and notes by Heinloth. Hepworth has a nice exposition of vector fields on stacks, but his papers are rather terse. Vistoli's notes on descent are quite nice, but are clearly aimed at algebraic geometers. And there differences between the categories of manifolds and schemes --- fiber products of manifolds are badly behaved, for one thing.

The challenges in teachign such a course seem many. For one thing I don't know how to talk about stacks without getting into 2-category theory. And most differential geometers don't know much of 1-category theory. But I don't want to start with a crash course on category theory.

mightbe able to find some handwritten notes of mine from this. I also spend a good 100 pages or so giving a careful introduction to them in my thesis. (You can find a copy on my webpage: people.mpim-bonn.mpg.de/carchedi) $\endgroup$ – David Carchedi Jan 25 '13 at 0:50