The Program in Measurement, Statistics and Evaluation (EDMS)

is pleased to present its popular three-day short course:

Introduction to Multilevel Analysis Methods: Hierarchical Linear Models (March 6-8, 2017)

Taught by Robert Croninger

 

SHORT COURSE DESCRIPTION

Interested in studying social problems, public health issues or educational phenomena using survey data or national datasets?  Wondering how to handle violation of independence assumptions and the nested nature of phenomena (e.g., families nested in neighborhoods, health behaviors over time nested in individuals, or children nested in schools)?  In this three-day workshop, we examine these challenges, how multilevel modeling addresses them, and the use of multilevel modeling to develop more complex statistical models about various social and educational phenomena. You will get intensive, hands-on instruction in basic multilevel models, such as a two-level organizational model, using the student version of HLM and multiple secondary data sets.  By the end of the workshop you will be able to:

  • Design a multilevel analysis using multilevel software (HLM).
  • Pose and test hypotheses about random and fixed effects.
  • Examine critically multilevel assumptions and specifications, including centering.
  • Develop a two-level model and clearly interpret results.
  • Identify more advanced uses of multilevel models, including growth curve models and hierarchical general linear models.

Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own laptop PCs to be able to perform these exercises. 

TARGET AUDIENCE

Graduate students, emerging researchers, continuing researchers

REQUISITE KNOWLEDGE

It is expected that participants would have had exposure to graduate coursework in statistical analysis including multiple regression of continuous outcomes. Familiarity with Stata, SPSS, or SAS is also necessary.

DATES AND TIMES

March 6-8, 2017 (Monday-Wednesday), Check in at 8:00AM

Continental Breakfast*:  8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Morning Session:           8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Lunch (on your own):    12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Afternoon Session:        1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

* Participants who have special dietary needs or preferences are welcome to bring their own food as well.

LOCATION

Benjamin Banneker Room
Adele H. Stamp Student Union
University of Maryland
College Park, MD  20742

Link to campus maps

COURSE FEES
(seats limited)

$595 for all three days
$395 for full-time students
(free for pre-registered HDQM Department faculty and students, although you must register; admission will depend on if space is available)

NEW on-line option! $195 for all three days. See below for details.

ON-LINE OPTION

Format:  On-line participants will receive a personalized login code to use their own computer, browser, and reliable Wi-Fi connection to access a live-stream of the workshop, showing the instructor as well as the handouts displayed on screen to on-site participants.

Materials:   On-line participants will receive electronic copies of the workshop materials that on-site participants receive, as well as any other relevant materials or information.

Timing/access: On-line participants may choose to watch the stream synchronously, or may elect to watch a recording of the workshop asynchronously, or both.  With DVR-like capabilities, and access to the recordings for up to one-week after the start of the workshop, this format allows on-line participants to choose when they engage.  This is especially useful for on-line participants in different time zones, or anywhere in the world, who may choose to watch at some later time than the actual workshop time. (Asynchronous participation does not include real-time chat with other on-line participants, although a visual record of prior chats will be viewable).

Technical support: Participants are assumed to be able to secure a reliable computer, internet browser, and Wi-Fi connection.  Challenges at the user end must be resolved by the user.  Fortunately, because the workshop is recorded, users experiencing technical challenges can still “catch up” by watching the recordings to which they have access.

Content support: Content support for on-line participants is limited to chat with the on-line participant community and any quantitative methodology doctoral students who might also be participating.  There is no mechanism for submitting individual questions to the instructor.
Hands-on activities: On-line participants may choose to try any hands-on activities being done by on-site participants; however, support for such activities is limited to the on-line participant community.

Cost:  $195 for three days of streaming content, access to the workshop recordings for one week total, and electronic copies of all materials.

HOW TO REGISTER

Please register using the preferred on-line registration form:
On-line short-course registration form
(Note: For those students who are not in the HDQM department please fill out the paper registration form and upload it when prompted within the on-line registration system).

For those who prefer not to use the on-line registration system, please complete and submit the following paper registration form:
Paper short-course registration form

Note that it may take up to 7-10 business days for your registration to be processed.

QUESTIONS?

Contact Ms. Monica Morell -- HLM17.workshop@gmail.com

NEARBY AIRPORTS

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DIRECTIONS: DRIVING

From Baltimore and Points North

  • Take I-95 South to Washington, D.C.'s Capital Beltway (I-495).
  • Take Exit 27 and then follow signs to Exit 25 (U.S. 1 South toward College Park).
  • Proceed approximately two miles south on U.S. Route 1.
  • Turn right into Campus Drive entrance (main gate).
  • Proceed up Campus Dr to the "M" circle, go halfway around the circle and continue on Campus Dr (second right after entering the circle).
  • Proceed up Campus Dr to the "M" circle, go halfway around the circle and continue on Campus Dr (second right after entering the circle) until you see Stamp Student Union on your right side.

From Virginia and Points South

  • Take I-95 North to Washington, D.C.'s Capital Beltway (I-495).
  • Continue North on I-95/I-495 toward Baltimore.
  • Take Exit 25 (U.S. 1 South toward College Park).
  • Proceed approximately two miles south on U.S. Route 1.
  • Turn right into Campus Drive entrance (main gate).
  • Proceed up Campus Dr to the "M" circle, go halfway around the circle and continue on Campus Dr (second right after entering the circle) until you see Stamp Student Union on your right side.

From Virginia and Points West

  • Take I-66 East or I-270 South to Washington, D.C.'s Capital Beltway (I-495).
  • Go East on I-495 toward Baltimore/Silver Spring.
  • Take Exit 25 (U.S. 1 South toward College Park).
  • Proceed approximately two miles south on U.S. Route 1.
  • Turn right into Campus Drive entrance (main gate).
  • Proceed up Campus Dr to the "M" circle, go halfway around the circle and continue on Campus Dr (second right after entering the circle) until you see Stamp Student Union on your right side.

From Annapolis and Points East

  • Take U.S. 50 to Washington, D.C.'s Capital Beltway (I-495).
  • Go North on I-95/I-495 toward Baltimore.
  • Take Exit 25 (U.S. 1 South toward College Park).
  • Proceed approximately two miles south on U.S. Route 1.
  • Turn right into Campus Drive entrance (main gate).
  • Proceed up Campus Dr to the "M" circle, go halfway around the circle and continue on Campus Dr (second right after entering the circle) until you see Stamp Student Union on your right side.

From Washington, D.C. (Northwest/Southwest)

  • Take 16th St. North which becomes Georgia Ave. North at Maryland/D.C. line.
  • Go East on I-495 toward Baltimore.
  • Take Exit 25 (U.S. 1 South toward College Park).
  • Proceed approximately two miles south on U.S. Route 1.
  • Turn right into Campus Drive entrance (main gate).
  • Proceed up Campus Dr to the "M" circle, go halfway around the circle and continue on Campus Dr (second right after entering the circle) until you see Stamp Student Union on your right side.

From Washington, D.C. (Northeast/Southeast)

  • Take Rhode Island Ave. (U.S. 1 North) which becomes Baltimore Ave. North at Maryland/D.C. line.
  • Proceed through the city of College Park.
  • Turn left at Campus Drive entrance (main gate).
  • Proceed up Campus Dr to the "M" circle, go halfway around the circle and continue on Campus Dr (second right after entering the circle) until you see Stamp Student Union on your right side.

VISITOR PARKING

Participants may park at the Union Lane Garage (located between the Adele H. Stamp Student Union and Cole Field House) for a daily fee. There are numerous metered spaces on campus but the University police are diligent about ticketing cars at expired meters as well as cars without appropriate stickers in reserved parking lots.

More information about parking on University of Maryland Campus can be found at the web site: http://www.cvs.umd.edu/visitors/parking.html


METRO (SUBWAY)

The Campus is conveniently located approximately 1 mile from the College Park-University of Maryland Metro Station. The stop is on the green line of the D.C. Metro System. The University of Maryland Shuttle Bus runs from the College Park Metro stop on a twenty-minute schedule through the Campus. Or, a brisk twenty minute walk up a moderate hill through the Campus will bring you to all locations.

D.C. Metro Map: https://www.wmata.com/schedules/maps/

ACCOMMODATIONS

Participants are responsible for arranging their own accommodations. For out-of-town guests, there are several sources of accommodations in the immediate area. Information about hotel pricing and reservations can be found at the web site: http://www.cvs.umd.edu/visitors/offcampus.html. Note that participants will need to make their own arrangements for transportation to and from campus.

[Note that there is a hotel located on the edge of the University of Maryland campus: The Marriott Inn & Conference Center, University of Maryland University College. For more information about this hotel, visit: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/wasum-college-park-marriott-hotel-and-conference-center/


THE INSTRUCTOR

Dr. Robert G. Croninger is an Associate Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership at the University of Maryland College Park. He teaches an introductory course in multilevel modeling at the University of Maryland through the Joint Program in Survey Methods and the University of Michigan’s Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques. Dr. Croninger has published research studies using multilevel modeling techniques in several professional journals, including Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Sociology of Education, American Journal of Education, and the Economics of Education Review. He holds a B.A. in Humanities from Valparaiso University, an M.A. in Sociology from the College of William and Mary, and a Ph.D. in Education Studies from the University of Michigan.

He may be reached at croninge@umd.edu