The Methodological Annex: A wiki and a teaching tool

About a year we created a “methodological annex” to our weekly departmental journal club which all of our graduate students attend.  This was a voluntary meeting, for one hour immediately after the journal club, for students who haven’t yet passed their Qualifying Exam; two to three faculty members also attend. Faculty assign a question about the methods of the paper to each of four students each week; these are responsible for explaining the method and responding to questions in Qualifying Exam-style.

The outcome- after one year we have spent over 40 hours in The Methodological Annex, covering roughly 160 methods.

This year we will begin posting these topics in a new  public wiki,  http://themethodologicalannex.wikia.com.

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