November 7-18, 2022 – Two Sessions, Two Courses
Session 1: November 7-10, 2022 | Session 2: November 14-18, 2022
We offer two sessions which allows course participants the opportunity to take two back-to-back courses.
CARMA Workshop: Basics of R (included free with the short course registration)
This four-hour Workshop provides information on the package R to prepare attendees for follow-up training in CARMA Short Courses that use R. By attending this online workshop, participants will learn basic skills for using the R Studio interface to: load and activate R packages, import and manage data, and create and execute syntax. Having these basic skills will allow Short Course participants to more easily learn about use of R for data analysis and will enable Short Course instructors to better plan and deliver their content. This Workshop is free of charge and only available to those who will be attending one of the CARMA Short Courses. It will be available on-line.
During this Basics of R Workshop, attendees will learn:
1. Using R through the R Studio interface
2. Importing data into R
3. R data sets (a.k.a data frames and tibbles)
4. Data types
5. Subsetting columns of data and selecting cases
6. Recoding data and dealing with missing data
7. Merging data (columns and rows)
8. Output objects
9. User defined functions
10. Getting help
Session 1: November 7-10, 2022
The CARMA Within Person Research short course provides an overview of the conceptual and operational knowledge and skills needed to conduct research that aims to understand individuals’ attitudes, thoughts, emotions, and behaviors over time. We will focus on techniques aimed at examining dynamic and fluctuating states that individuals are experiencing and analyzing data with a temporally nested structure (observations within individuals, observations within days within individuals, and so forth). We will begin by an overview of what within-person conceptualizations look like in terms of their underlying theory and their statistical modeling. We will then introduce concepts and principles that are important in designing and conducting within-person research. The third module introduces the specification of basic within-person models analyzed via multilevel approaches (i.e., random coefficient regression or hierarchical linear models). We will then discuss some more advanced models and revisit some of the assumptions of multilevel work with a critical eye, and finish with a synthesis module with time set aside for a final Q&A. Participants are encouraged to bring their own data to the course, to facilitate their progress with existing research. This course is aimed at faculty and graduate students who have some familiarity with regular regression but have little experience or knowledge about multilevel analyses.
Session 2: November 14-18, 2022
“Advanced SEM” – Dr. Larry Williams, Texas Tech University (Monday/Tuesday) & Dr. Robert Vandenberg, University of Georgia (Thursday/Friday)
This short course covers advanced structural equation modeling (SEM) topics:
- Day 1 – Building Measurement Models
- Day 2 – Testing Path Models
- Day 3 – Multilevel Analysis
- Day 4 – Longitudinal Growth Models
Participants should have training or experience with latent variable models, as this is NOT an introductory course.
On days 3 and 4, the instruction will be carried out using the R-package LAVAAN. Participants should have basic R knowledge. If you do not have the basic R knowledge, you can review “Basics of R Workshop” before the class starts. It is free for short course participants.
Required Software: R installed with LAVAAN package (R download here, RStudio download here)