I’m attending a project TIER conference at Haverford College, which has the goal of making research transparency becomes standard and ubiquitous in the education of social scientists. Their community has published a bunch of excellent papers on this (e.g. 1, 2). They have a TIER protocol which requires students to submit a complete description of the replication documentation as their assignment. For R-using students, this might mean that they minimally submit a Rmd file, a data file, and the PDF output for an assignment.
This seems well-aligned with rOpenSci’s community values. Some former Project TIER fellows are also active in the rOpenSci community, I see some familiar names, like Amelia McNamara, Mine Çetinkaya-Rundel and Ben Baumer, on their list of people.
They have a collection of syllabi using R and R Markdown. I see we now have rOpenSciEd, and some great blog posts (1, 2, 3), and so I’m curious to know do rOpenSci community members teach in way that are generally consistent with the TIER protocol (i.e. require students to submit reproducible assignments)? Do you have students do assignments that are rep-x (reproductions/replications of published papers) using R and open data, etc. I’ve seen @cboettig’s teaching materials on GitHub that require students to submit reproducible assignments. Rep-x assignments could be a fun topic of future unconf!
I’d love to know how others are doing this kind of stuff in their teaching in domain-specific subjects (rather than stats and compsci classes)
I wonder if it might be useful to identify the rOpenSciEd materials on GitHub with a tag for
#replication-assignment to make it easy for instructors to find examples of this important type of assignment?