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Slides – Tatjana Kecojevic – Open Research Conference 2024

posted on 2024-05-07, 18:09 authored by Tatjana Kecojevic

Slides used by Tatjana Kecojevic for the University of Manchester Open Research Conference 2024

Title: Empowering Undergraduate Education Through Reproducible Teaching: Fostering Collaboration and Multidisciplinary Perspectives

Abstract: This presentation delves into the integration of transparency, reproducibility, and openness into undergraduate education, focusing on a teaching methodology that utilises reproducible teaching materials created using R and RMarkdown. This approach empowers students to engage deeply with course content while ensuring the reproducibility of educational materials, thereby fostering a culture of transparency and enriching the learning experience.

The presentations emphasise the significance of teaching Data Science (DS) and Data Analytics (DA) to students from diverse backgrounds, including those without prior technical expertise. Equipping students with the skills to effectively reason with data bridges the gap between theory, methods, and practical application, preparing them for dynamic career opportunities in data-driven fields.

Leveraging the R programming language and RStudio IDE, particularly RMarkdown and Knitr interfaces, facilitates the creation of structured and interactive tutorial documents. These documents integrate plain English explanations of statistical methodologies with data analysis outcomes, prioritising conceptual comprehension and fostering hands-on learning experiences.

Furthermore, the reproducibility aspect of RMarkdown enables students to develop updatable and transparent resources, instilling a lifelong learning mindset and promoting advocacy for robust research practices. This engagement extends beyond the classroom, empowering participants to become advocates through active participation and eventually evolve into mentors within the community. Utilising such initiatives can focus on advancing reproducible research techniques and serve as a platform for building a community of students interested in these practices. Through collaborative workshops, participants enhance their methodologies and contribute to fostering a culture of openness and reproducibility in academia.

Integrating transparent and reproducible research practices into undergraduate courses nurtures critical thinking, analytical skills, and ethical integrity among students. This innovative methodology showcases how educators can seamlessly integrate these practices into pedagogy, empowering students to become proficient data researchers and advocates for ethical research conduct. Embracing collaboration and multidisciplinary perspectives paves the way for a new generation of researchers committed to rigorous and accountable research practices.