Center for Teaching and Learning

Advances in Higher Education Research Seminar

This seminar series highlights original research in college-level learning and instruction. Multidisciplinary in scope, each seminar addresses the broad themes of our work as instructors, including the cognitive processes by which students learn, and the classroom context in which they do so.

All seminars are free and open to the public. Presentations will be followed by a Q&A session and opportunities for discussion.

Autumn quarter seminar

Using Reproducibility Education to Teach Research Methods

Tuesday, Oct. 26 (3:30-4:30 p.m.) on Zoom

Rachel Hayes-Harb, professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Utah


Dr. Rachel Hayes-Harb

Scholarly disciplines vary in the degree to which their members have embraced reproducible research methods and how well new scholars are taught to generate results that can be reproduced by other researchers. In this seminar, Prof. Rachel Hayes-Harb will share a framework educators across the university can use to promote the concept of reproducibility in their undergraduate courses. The primary goal of the framework is to provide a meaningful research experience for undergraduate students and to help them develop research skills that emphasize responsible conduct of research, social justice, and Open Science values and practices. In addition to promoting reproducibility, Prof. Hayes-Harb will show that this framework benefits students’ education by providing a direct route to developing impactful research questions and high-quality analyses. Moreover, a course created with the framework can offer students an exciting hands-on research experience and be implemented in large classes. A further benefit to teaching large numbers of undergraduate students about reproducibility in research is that it promotes productive skepticism and public trust in science.

Topics covered include: 

  • Selecting a study for teaching reproducible research methods
  • Intentional development of students’ collaboration skills
  • Finding a balance between replication and extension
  • Where and how to allow for variation in study implementation among student groups
  • Human subjects research considerations
  • Use of descriptive versus inferential statistical analysis
  • When and how to pool data across students and groups
  • Responsible dissemination of students’ research
  • Learning outcomes and assessment

Register for the OCT. 26 Seminar

Rachel Hayes-Harb is a professor of Linguistics at the University of Utah. She studies multilingual speech processing and teaches courses on language acquisition, psycholinguistics, and research methods. She is also the co-director of the Speech Acquisition Lab, where she collaborates with undergraduate and graduate student researchers. From 2014-2021, she directed the University of Utah Office of Undergraduate Research, which provides undergraduate research advising, education events, research grants, and professional research opportunities for undergraduate students, as well as mentor development programming for faculty.

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