Methods for Cross Cultural Research

This course will be offered online only. Attendance is required – this course will not be recorded. Methods for Cross-Cultural Research is a 2.5 hour short-course focused on designing and implementing social science research cross-culturally, with a particular emphasis on collecting interview data. In the face of increasing globalization, concerns for external validity, and the... Read more »

Dissertation Structure, Organization and Completion

The Dissertation Structure, Organization, and Completion workshop will focus on a pivotal aspect of doctoral degree completion, the dissertation proposal. Each component of the dissertation proposal defense will be discussed as well as strategies to ensure a successful outcome of this signal event. Workshop participants will learn how academic scholars present research focusing heavily on... Read more »

Introduction to Geospatial Data for Data Science

This course is being offered in collaboration between the Odum Institute and the Center for Urban & Regional Studies. This course offers a broad introduction into the use of geospatial data in data science applications. The course materials will be built for non-geospatial professionals who find themselves needing to use geospatial data effectively. Contact Jill... Read more »

Intermediate Qualtrics

This course will cover topics beyond the scope of the Introductory to Qualtrics short course. We will take a deeper dive into Survey Flow features including embedded data, customizing the End of Survey experience, Screen Out Management, and implementing randomization. We will explore methods of importing embedded data into your survey, sending information from one... Read more »

Writing Questions and Visual Design of Surveys

This course focuses on best practices for writing questions and visual design for surveys, with a focus on holistic designs in which question wording and visual design work together to produce good measurement. It draws on the empirical literature to provide practical guidelines for questionnaire design and considers mixed-mode and mixed-device surveys. The course will... Read more »

Dataverse API

This is a full-day, intensive online interactive course focused on using the Dataverse Application Programming Interface (API) to interact with data archived in a Dataverse-based repository. The session will be broken into to two segments: 1) we will cover the basics of what an API is, how it works and what it is used for,... Read more »

Census Data for Urban Studies

This one-day workshop will provide a hands-on, guided introduction to working with US Census data using tidycensus in R. The course will focus on using geographically-referenced demographic and socioeconomic data from the decennial census and American Community Survey. Participants will learn how to acquire data, perform basic data preprocessing tasks, create basic visualizations, and perform... Read more »

Introduction to Data Analytics

This course is focused on an introduction to data analytics followed by hands-on exercises. It is tailored for beginners and researchers who want to learn how to perform data analytics in a visual programming environment. We will specifically concentrate on one aspect of data analytics called supervised predictive learning. Two types of predictive learning will... Read more »

Introduction to Individual and Aggregate Data Network Models for Understanding Within-Person Processes

This course is intended for individuals with research questions that can be answered using multivariate time series data/intensive longitudinal data. Examples of such data include daily diary data; data collected via self-report through ecological momentary sampling (ESM); passive data from cell phones; and other psychophysiological data such as MRI data or heart rate data. Contact... Read more »

Using Coffee and Yoga to Improve the Workplace Experience

Room 219 Davis Library 208 Raleigh St., Chapel Hill, NC, United States

Like Coffee and Yoga? Check out this session! Coffee breaks in the workplace serve as more than a quick fix for midday slumps, increased alertness, and productivity. The practice also produces a mentally healthy work environment by reducing stress and burnout and increases a sense of belongingness by building community with colleagues. Yoga, a form... Read more »

Odum Institute: Detecting Change in Within-Person Processes

This course will be offered ONLINE. It will not be recorded as there are in-class activities. This is a 2 hour course.Behavioral researchers are often interested in change within-persons over time that may occur due to environmental phenomenon or during the course of an intervention. In some circumstances there is a question of both whether and... Read more »

Advanced Statistical Machine Learning

This course will cover a number of unsupervised learning techniques for finding patterns and associations in Big Data. These include dimension reduction techniques such as principal components analysis and non-negative matrix factorization, clustering analysis and significance analysis, and network analysis with graphical models. The main emphasis will be on the analysis of real data sets... Read more »

Google Earth Engine for Urban Studies

This course is being offered in collaboration between the Odum Institute and the Center for Urban & Regional Studies. This hands-on course will focus on the use of Google Earth Engine (GEE) for urban research applications. It will demonstrate how free and open-source satellite imagery can be utilized to map urban areas and urbanization trends... Read more »

Introduction to Focus Groups

Focus groups are commonly used to capture rich information about attitudes and beliefs. This class will prepare prospective students to organize and moderate focus groups. Students will learn the most appropriate uses of focus groups, how to segment and recruit audiences, how to develop a moderator’s guide, and how to moderate focus groups. The class... Read more »

Version Control with Git and GitHub

In this course, participants will learn how to keep track of the code they use in their research using the version control system Git and the collaboration platform GitHub. Git and Github are applicable to any text-based programming or analysis language, including R, Python, Stata, Julia, and others. Participants should create a github account at... Read more »