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February Short Courses


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R Open Labs

February 1, 8, 15, 22 | 2:00pm – 3:30pm | Davis Library Research Hub
Open labs are (mostly) unstructured workshops designed to help you learn R. Each week brief instruction will be provided, followed by time to practice, work together, ask questions and get help. Participants can join the lab any time during the session, and are welcome to work on unrelated projects.

For information about this week’s topic and R Open Labs in general, visit http://ropenlabs.web.unc.edu/.

R Open Labs is a collaboration between the UNC Chapel Hill Libraries Research Hub and the Odum Institute.

 

*Usability Testing in Survey Research with Emily Geisen and Jen Romano Bergstrom

February 1 | 9:00am – 4:30pm | Davis Library Room 219
Usability testing in survey research allows in-depth evaluation of how respondents and interviewers interact with questionnaires, particularly web and mobile surveys. A respondent may understand the survey question and response options, but may be unable to select their answer accurately on the small screen of a smartphone. Although there is a growing body of literature on best practices for web surveys and mobile devices, not all design guidelines work equally well for all surveys and all survey populations.

In addition, it is clear that the capabilities of computerized surveys are constantly emerging. Examples are the use of images, videos, maps and GPS, interactive features, and mobile devices. This workshop aims to familiarize researchers with the necessary tools to evaluate, test, and modify surveys to incorporate user-centered design in an iterative method as part of the survey pretesting process.

Visit the event on our website for more information and a link to register.

 

NVivo Hands-on Workshop (Part 2)

February 1 | 2:00pm – 4:00pm | Davis Library Room 3010
This course will cover analytical features in NVivo 11, including intercoder reliability, charts, and compound queries. We will also cover working with survey data.

No registration required. UNC students, faculty, and staff will need to provide their PID.

If you have questions, please contact the instructor Paul Mihas (Paul_Mihas@unc.edu).

 

Advanced Access to Census Data

February 6 | 9:00am – 12:00pm | Health Sciences Library Room 227
This is a hands-on workshop organized by the UNC ResearchHub to help users understand the strengths of various Census (and other survey) data retrieval tools which allow the creation of custom cross-tabulations (that is, custom data tables). Tools to be covered include: DataFerrett; iPUMS; TerraPopulus (in beta); and the Triangle Research Data Center (TRDC).

The first three tools are freely available and we will focus on their census data content (U.S. for DataFerrett; U.S. and international for iPUMS and TerraPopulus). Researchers must apply to the Census Bureau (or other federal agency, e.g., the Centers for Disease Control) for access to the TRDC in order to utilize various survey microdata. Application procedures will be discussed.

Visit the event on our website for more information.

 

SPSS with Cathy Zimmer

February 6, 8, 9 | 3:30 – 5:00pm | Davis Library Room 219
This course will offer an introduction to SPSS and will demonstrate how to work with data saved in SPSS format. It will demonstrate how to work with SPSS syntax, how to create your own SPSS data files, and how to convert data in other formats to SPSS. it will also teach how to append and merge SPSS files, demonstrate basic analytical procedures, and show how to work with SPSS graphics.

For more information, please contact the instructor, Cathy Zimmer (crzimmer@unc.edu). To access the course handouts, please visit the event page on our website.

 

Python II

February 6 | 4:00 – 6:00pm | Davis Library Research Hub
This workshop, organized by the UNC ResearchHub, is the second in a series designed to help you learn the basics of the Python programming language. Python is widely used by researchers in many disciplines, and can be used to accomplish or automate many tasks outside academia.

Click here to register.

 

ArcGIS Pro

February 7 | 3:00pm – 4:00pm | Davis Library Room 247
This hands-on course, organized by the UNC ResearchHub, will provide an overview of ArcGIS Pro software to beginners. The core functionality of the software will be demonstrated and explored with hands-on exercises.

Click here to register.

 

Introduction to QGIS

February 12, 14, 16 | 10:00am – 12:00pm | Davis Library Room 246
This will be a series of three 2-hour hands-on workshops presented by UNC ResearchHub using the QGIS open source GIS package. Topics covered in the workshop series will include an overall introduction to the “OSGEO Stack” of open source GIS tools, including QGIS, GRASS, R and other tools. Then participants will explore the QGIS software, which can run on Windows, Mac or Linux environments, runs in over 40 languages, and includes vector, raster, georegistration, and other capabilities, all using ESRI shapefiles as the basic vector data structure and Geotiffs as the basic raster data structure.

First workshop registration.
Second workshop registration.
Third workshop registration.

 

Introduction to ArcGIS

February 13 | 11:00am – 1:00pm | Davis Library Room 247
This hands-on course, organized by the UNC ResearchHub, will provide an overview of ArcGIS software to beginners. Data resources from the UNC Libraries will be introduced, and the core functionality of the software will be demonstrated and explored with hands-on exercises.

Click here to register.

 

ATLAS.ti 8.0 Hands-on Workshop (Part 1)

February 13 | 2:00pm – 4:00pm | Davis Library Room 3010
This hands-on short course will illustrate the capabilities of the PC version of ATLAS.ti 8.0, a software program for coding and interpreting qualitative text. It provides a network editor that allows you to graphically display and examine the hierarchical and relational connections among your codes. ATLAS.ti provides numerous options for attaching memos and comments to text segments, documents, and codes.

No registration required. UNC students, faculty, and staff will need to provide their PID.

For more information, please contact the instructor, Paul Mihas (Paul_Mihas@unc.edu).

 

*Designing Web Surveys with Mick Couper

February 15 | 9:00am – 4:30pm | Davis Library Room 219
The focus of this course is on the design of Web survey instruments. The course will focus on the appropriate choice and design of input tools (e.g., radio buttons, check boxes, drop boxes, text fields), including new features in HTML 5 and additional tools such as sliders.

For more information, please see our short course spotlight section about or check out the event page on our website.

 

*Mixed Methods Workshop

February 15, 16 | 10:00am – 4:00pm | Davis Library Room 3010
This TWO-DAY course equips students to design, conduct, and critique mixed method research. From a pragmatic perspective, we will explore the strengths and weaknesses of a variety of data collection methods, and evaluate strategies for combining them. We will focus on mixed method research designs incorporating in-depth interviews, focus groups, participant observation, archival research, survey interviews, and/or hybrid methods.

The majority of the course will center on research design and data collection issues. Some time will be spent on strategies for analyzing and presenting data from multiple sources.

This course is designed for those who are relatively new to mixed method research, and interested in the principles that should guide it. Participants who come with a specific set of research questions in mind will have opportunities to apply topics of discussion to their own research ideas during the workshop.

For more information and to register please visit the event page on our website.

 

Logistic Regression

February 16 | 3:30pm – 5:00pm | Davis Library Room 219
This short course provides an introduction to logistic regression. Model specification, identification, estimation, hypothesis-testing, and interpretation of results are covered. Software to estimate these models is discussed, but not demonstrated. This is not a course on software, but rather a course on the concepts and uses of logistic regression.

No registration required. UNC students, faculty, and staff will need to have their PID.

For more information, please contact the instructor, Cathy Zimmer (crzimmer@unc.edu).

 

ATLAS.ti 8.0 Hands-on Workshop (Part 2)

February 20 | 2:00pm – 4:00pm | Davis Library Room 3010
This hands-on short course will cover analysis features (co-occurrence explorer, the query tool, the codes-primary-documents table) and using diagrams in your analysis.

No registration required. UNC students, faculty, and staff will need to provide their PID.

For more information, please contact the instructor, Paul Mihas (Paul_Mihas@unc.edu).

 

Tableau I

February 20 | 2:00pm – 4:00pm | Davis Library Room 247
Tableau is a user-friendly software application used to create static or interactive visualizations and dashboards. In this workshop, organized by the UNC ResearchHub, participants will create basic visualizations and an interactive dashboard in Tableau Public.

Tableau’s drag-and-drop interface provides tools to build a variety of visualizations with no coding required, and visualizations can be embedded in websites by copying and pasting embed code.

Click here to register.

 

MAXQDA Hands-on Workshop

February 22 | 2:00pm – 4:00pm | Davis Library Room 3010
This course will cover the capabilities of MAXQDA, a software program that supports qualitative data analysis and helps users systematically code, evaluate, and interpret texts. It is also a powerful tool for developing theories as well as testing theoretical hunches. Its features include coding, memo writing, matrix building, and map building.

No registration required. UNC students, faculty, and staff will need to provide their PID.

For more information, please contact the instructor, Paul Mihas (Paul_Mihas@unc.edu).

 

Tableau II

February 27 | 2:00pm – 4:00pm | Davis Library Room 247
This workshop, organized by the UNC ResearchHub, continues to explore methods used in creating interactive visualizations and dashboards as introduced in Tableau I. Topics covered will include: merging data sources, groups and sets, advanced maps and interactive menus, dashboard actions and more!

Note: Participants should create an account at public.tableau.com before the workshop in order to save their work to the web.

Click here to register.

 

 
 


 

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