Live (synchronous) courses are currently available as online webinars using the Zoom platform.

Webinar Format

Webinars run half days for 5 days, at times that accommodate multiple time zones.  Each session will include 4 hours of live instruction (so webinars running 10 am - 3 pm have a 1 hr break in the middle).  To participate, you must enter a "meeting" through your internet browser that will be available during the scheduled webinar times.  Once admitted to the course, you will be able to view and listen to a live broadcast of the workshop, which includes alternation between a narrated power point presentation and demonstrations in the PC‑ORD software.  You will follow along in the companion book and use the software on your own laptop, and ask questions through live chat and via email.  If you miss a session or need to review, each 2-hr session will either be recorded or a previous recording will be made available into the middle of the following week.

How to Prepare

Setup

The optimal setup would involve two screens: one on the internet receiving the broadcast and showing you what I am doing, and another on which you can be simultaneously using PC‑ORD to run the same procedures on the sample datasets.  You will need speakers, but not a microphone.

Bandwidth

You must have sufficient Internet bandwidth to live-stream HD video, or you will lose video and audio during critical times and be very disappointed.  Try streaming an HD video online and note how smoothly it is delivered; keep in mind that bandwidth fluctuates over the course of the day and week and is higher on a LAN than on WiFi.  If in doubt, make sure to participate in the Webinar Test before the webinar (details will be provided at the time of registration).

Software & Datafiles

Webinar delivery will be via Zoom.  Although you may simply enter the Zoom meeting space from the browser of any device, if you are able, consider downloading the Zoom application for a smoother delivery (better audio reliability).

You must have a computer running Windows with the PC‑ORD software installed to practice the analyses. The following "Sample Datasets" compressed ZIP file (for whichever version of PC-ORD you will use for the webinar) should be unzipped and the files stored in a convenient location for use during the webinar.

     Webinar Files:    Sample Datasets for Version 6      Sample Datasets for Version 7

In addition, you may use your own data for some of the demonstrations if you wish.  Refer to the chapters of the book (3-7) dealing with data formatting, screening, and structuring to prepare your response data for importation on the first day of the webinar.  Pay special attention to data management and organization, such as how to best create a meaningful sample unit ID for each observation, whether some data need to be aggregated to attain the appropriate level of statistical inference, and check the overall data quality (screen for data entry errors, determine the appropriate level of rounding, etc.).  If time allows, consider what explanatory variables might be of interest and compute and organize them in a separate source file.

Companion Book

You must also order a copy of the companion book online, and should read through at least chapter 15 in advance of the webinar.  Note that shipping may take up to two weeks, so order your book well in advance.  Please don't attend the webinar without the book in hand; I refer to many figures and passages in the book, the power point presentation will not be available to you (ever), and you will thus almost certainly want to take notes directly in the book--the book was designed to be the handout for this course.

Recordings

Each of the 10 live webinar sessions (two per day) will be recorded and available to live-stream, upon request, until 3 pm on the Wednesday following the live course.  There will be a delay of ~one half-day between recording and when the video becomes available to live-stream.  If you missed a session, you must send an email requesting its URL.  The video quality is not great, so you should still run PC-ORD while you view the video so you can see the output on your own screen.

Wrong Time-Zone?

If you are literally on the other side of the planet and would never be able to attend a webinar live, please contact me about the possibility of live-stream viewing the recordings.  You would still need to get the book, the software, arrange for two screens, and set aside four hours each day the week of the live webinar, but the videos would be available 24/7 after posting (until 3 pm on the Wednesday following the course) and you would be expected to post your questions by email.

Host a Webinar

A PC‑ORD webinar might be able to scheduled just for you, if you have ~10 interested participants in your organization.