Instruction in Reproducible Research: Educational Outcomes


Hosted in collaboration with the Sheffield Methods Institute and the UK Reproducibility Network

About the Symposium

The 2021 TIER Spring Symposium will be an eight-part virtual event exploring the educational purposes of teaching students transparent and reproducible methods of quantitative data analysis. Taking a step back from the nuts and bolts of code and software, the Symposium will focus on the diverse ways in which teaching reproducible research methods can reinforce principles that are fundamental to higher education (e.g., the importance of reasoned argument based on verifiable evidence), and contribute to students' broad intellectual development (e.g., gaining confidence in their ability to independently generate meaningful insights into real and important issues).

Keynote presentations will be given by Nicole Janz (International Relations, University of Nottingham) and Nick Horton (Mathematics and Statistics, Amherst College)


The Symposium will consist of a mix of pre-recorded videos and live discussions via Zoom.

Each speaker will pre-record a presentation of about 45 minutes in length. The videos will be posted on this page for symposium participants to watch at their convenience.

About a week after each video is posted, there will be a live, one-hour Zoom meeting, during which a discussant makes remarks about the video presentation, the speaker responds, and then the floor is open for questions and comments from participants.

These live discussions will take place on a series of Fridays, beginning at 11:00 am Eastern Standard Time (4:00 pm GMT; 8:00 am Pacific Time). Each discussion will be about one hour long.

The exact dates of the discussions will be confirmed in January, but the anticipated dates for the live discussions are: March 5, March 12, March 19, March 26, April 23, April 30, May 7, and May 14.

Two of the eight dates are reserved for the keynote talks. Proposals are invited for the remaining six dates.


Registration for the symposium be be opened in early January. Check back here for a link to the registration form.

Call for Proposals

We are interested in proposals for presentations that identify and discuss the variety of educational outcomes associated with teaching reproducible research and/or suggest pedagogical methods that promote specific outcomes.

We are also interested in proposals for presentations that review existing empirical evidence about the educational impacts of teaching reproducible research, and/or articulate strategies or study designs for generating systematic evidence.

Proposals addressing the theme of the symposium from other perspectives are also welcome.

Proposals should include an abstract and an outline of the presentation, and may be submitted using this form.

The deadline for proposals is January 25. We will continue reviewing applications until the six available slots are filled, but proposals received after January 25 may not receive full consideration.

Speakers will be asked to provide a pre-recorded presentation (about 45 minutes in length), and to participate in the live Zoom discussion of the presentation.

Each presenter will receive an honorarium of USD 500.00.

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Call for Discussants

If you are interested in being a discussant for one of the live Zoom discussions, please let us know by sending an email to