Integrating open and reproducible science tenets into higher education
In a nutshell, FORRT is a Framework for Open and Reproducible Research Training. It aims to provide a pedagogical infrastructure designed to recognize and support the teaching and mentoring of open and reproducible science tenets in tandem with prototypical subject matters in higher education. FORRT strives to be an effective, evolving, and community-driven organization raising awareness of the pedagogical implications of open and reproducible science and its associated challenges (i.e., curricular reform, epistemological uncertainty, methods of education). FORRT also advocates for the opening of teaching and mentoring materials as a means 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 will be maximized to facilitate adaptation and reuse. We welcome new contributions to help build diversity in the collated resources. FORRT strongly advocates for these resources being used, cited and recognized. FORRT has produced the following resources Adopting Principled Teaching & Mentoring Practices, Pedagogical Clusters of OS literature, Curated OS Resources, Educator’s Corner, Glossary of OS terminology, Initiatives Towards Social Justice in Academia, Lesson Plans, Summaries of OS literature, OS Syllabus, and a Self-Assessment Tool.View our educational nexus
FORRT’s team wrote a manuscript 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, this manuscript is an open online contributorship project. The work of all contributors are valued and will be formally recognized. With this, we hope to expand the scope and diversity of FORRT’s mission and its team.Read our manuscript
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 will strive to support teachers and mentors to integrate field-specific education with open and reproducible science tenets. [in construction]Discover our pedagogies
Everything we develop and produce is in the open. You can join our team by going through our onboarding process - there is something for everyone - or via GitHub for those with expertise and willingness to work on website development. And you can always email us.
We have three different partner levels (Core, Strategic, and Institutional) that help us to develop the principles enshrined in FORRT. If you want to become a partner, email us.
We have also opened a Slack channel to keep everyone up-to-date and to provide a platform for ongoing discussions. You can join us here.
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)".
Meta-psychology special issue
We have partnered with the journal Meta-Psychology and the Psychological Science Accelerator to work on a recurring special issue. The call will request teaching materials, including pedagogical considerations, for the Educational NEXUS. This also sets the stage for our vision of academia in which the creation and maintenance of teaching resources are more valued - changing the publication’s structure to include these excellent and open resources.
Center for Open Science - OSKB & COSGN
We are partnering up with OSKB ( Open Science Knowledge Base) to coordinate the alignment of our meta-data on educational materials so that we share our resources and community. To that end, FORRT will have a community in OSKB’s home ( OER Commons) and enrich data and reduced redundant work. FORRT also joined COS network-of-networks or Community of Open Scholarship Grassroots Networks ( COSGN). These partnerships aim to help build a community of existing educational initiatives, strengthening our missions, and streamline the advancement of open and reproducible educational practices.