Integrating open and reproducible science into higher education
In a nutshell, FORRT is a Framework for Open and Reproducible Research Training advancing research transparency, reproducibility, rigor, and ethics through pedagogical reform and meta-scientific research. FORRT provides a pedagogical infrastructure & didactic resources designed to recognize and support the teaching and mentoring of open and reproducible science. FORRT strives to raise awareness of the pedagogical implications of open and reproducible science and its associated challenges (i.e., curricular reform, epistemological uncertainty, methods of education) and advocates for the opening and formal recognition of teaching and mentoring materials to facilitate access, discovery, and learning to those who otherwise would be educationally disenfranchised.
The educational NEXUS is a e-learning platform for educators teachers to Find, Access, Interoperate, and Reuse (FAIR) teaching and mentoring resources & materials. The pedagogical content of all resources is maximized to facilitate adaptation and reuse. We welcome new contributions to help build diversity in the collated resources (check out how to get involved). FORRT strongly advocates for these resources being used, cited and recognized. We have produced the following resources Adopting Principled Teaching & Mentoring Practices, Pedagogical Clusters of OS literature, Curated OS Resources, Educator’s Corner, Glossary of OS terminology, Literature Review on the impact of Open Scholarship on students, Initiatives Towards Social Justice in Academia, Lesson Plans, Summaries of OS literature, OS Syllabus, and a Self-Assessment Tool.View our educational nexus
FORRT has published meta-scientific works, and has ‘soon-to-be-published’ manuscripts advocating and explaining why open and reproducible tenets should be incorporated in the teaching and mentoring of prototypical subject matters. In line with principles enshrined in FORRT, all manuscripts and ongoing projects are open (online) contributorship projects. The work of all contributors are valued and are formally recognized hoping expand the scope and diversity of FORRT’s mission and its team.Read our publications
FORRT creates, collects and catalogues examples of successful pedagogical approaches in teaching and mentoring as well as the openness of these resources. Interested parties – i.e., scholars, instructors, and educational institutions – can use FORRT’s pedagogies as a template towards the creation of their own teaching strategies. FORRT pedagogies strives to support teachers and mentors to integrate field-specific education with open and reproducible science tenets.Discover our pedagogies
In 2021, FORRT has received a Commendation from the HiddenREF for its initiatives advancing training materials and resources on open and reproducible science (see here for a recording of the award ceremony).
In 2021, FORRT has received an Open Scholarship Award (2nd Place) from the Open Scholarship Community Galway for its overall initiatives.
In 2020, FORRT has received a Commendation from the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science for its manuscript “Introducing a Framework for Open and Reproducible Research Training (FORRT)".
We partner up with other meta-scientific and educational institutions and initiatives to help us to further develop and improve the principles enshrined in FORRT. If your organization or initiative is considering discussing becoming a partner, email us.
The majority of FORRT’s operations go through our Slack channel. We use Slack to keep everyone up-to-date, coordinate teams, and provide a platform for ongoing discussions on our projects. You can join us here.