Teaching Reproducible Research and Open Science Conference

In June we hosted Project TIER as part of the UKRN’s Open Research Training Programme. TIER’s Norm Medeiros & Richard Ball led 3 days of activities around incorporating reproducible methods in teaching reproducible research.

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The three-day event (20 June) kicked off with a symposium ‘Perspectives on teaching reproducibility’ organised by Sheffield Methods Institute in collaboration with the University Library and Open Research Working Group (ORWG), and led by Aneta Piekut (SMI) and Jenni Adams (Library). It was attended by approximately 40 participants.

The Symposium stimulated interdisciplinary exchange of best practice in doing and teaching open research. Through the day participants discussed different approaches on embedding open scholarship principles in taught programmes in such disciplines, like social sciences (Jenniffer Buckley, Univ. of Manchester and Julia Kasmire, UK Data Service, Jim Uttley, Univ. of Sheffield), geo-data-science (Jon Reades and Andy MacLachlan, UCL), psychology (Marina Bazhydai, Lancaster Univ. and Lisa DeBruine, Univ. of Glasgow), computer science (Neil Shephard, University of Sheffield) or engineering (Alice Pyne, Univ. of Sheffield and Carlos Utrilla Guerrero, TU Delft Library).

Project TIER’s Directors gave a keynote speech arguing in favour of saturating quantitative methods instruction with reproducibility. In the second keynote of the day, Helena Paterson from School of Psychology & Neuroscience at the University of Glasgow reflected on the School journey of redesigning the psychology undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum to focus on teaching reproducible methods and analysis.

On the day 2 (21 June) Norm and Richard delivered a bespoke, UKRN accredited workshop on integrating principles of transparency and reproducibility into quantitative methods courses and research training. Participants came from UKRN affiliated institutions in Surrey, Oxford, Glasgow, Manchester and Sheffield. This was the first in a series of faculty development workshops that Project TIER will be offering through the UKRN Open Research Program.  A dozen more such workshops, some virtual and some in-person, are anticipated over the next three years.

During the final day (22 June) Norm and Richard were available for individual and small-group meetings with instructors interested in introducing reproducible methods into their classes.

Find out more about the UKRN Open Research Training programme.

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