Research Seminars

Fall 2014 Seminars

Research seminars are presented each academic year to provide an opportunity for faculty and staff to learn about research related topics. All workshops are held on Wednesday’s from noon to 1:00 pm in the Academic Affairs Office Conference Room (Jackson Library 170-J). A live stream of the seminars can be viewed online ( http://connect8.indwes.edu/researchworkshop) the day of the meeting.
 

Date Topic/Presenter Location
 September 24   Responding to reviewers comments / Christopher Devers Academic Affairs Office Conference Room (Jackson Library 170-J)
 October 29    Qualitative Research and Loving my Neighbor / Erin Davis Academic Affairs Office Conference Room (Jackson Library 170-J)
 November 19 Psychometrics / Tim Steenbergh & Christopher Devers Academic Affairs Office Conference Room (Jackson Library 170-J)

 

Research Seminar Archives

Qualitative Research: Constructing a Cogent Argument
Abson Joseph
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
 

This seminar focuses on the process of critical reasoning and engagement, the activity of truth assessment, and the construction of an argument in qualitative research.

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Using and Applying Multiple Regression Analysis: OLS Hierarchical / Sequential Modeling in SPSS
Tom Lehman
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
 

Are you interested in learning more about correlations, ordinary least squares, regression, and hierarchical modeling? Dr. Tom Lehman will provide an overview of these topics, as well as examples problems. This seminar is intended for those with a strong foundation in statistics and quantitative methodology.

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Building a research team!
Christopher Devers
January 29, 2014
 

Do you often feel like you do not have enough time to do the kind of research you want to be able to do? Having a research team is a way to both improve your work and to maximize the use of your time. This seminar addresses how to build a research team that includes mentors, collaborators, and students.

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Ecological Momentary Assessment
Tim Steenbergh
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
 

Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA) addresses many of the weaknesses inherent in traditional retrospective survey methods. This presentation will describe emerging EMA strategies, outline their benefits, and illustrate their application.

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Qualitative Historical Research
Rusty Hawkins
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
 

Qualitative analysis is currently the dominant methodology for historical research. This presentation explains this methodology using the development of forthcoming historical monograph as a case study.

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Building a Scholarly Research and Publication Agenda
Chris Devers and Stacy Hammons
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
 

Do you every wonder where or how to publish your research? This seminar will discuss the different types of research (i.e., qualitative and quantitative), types of journals (i.e., academic, professional, etc.), types of articles, and provide tips on publishing. Additionally, we will provide you with tools that can help manage your research, as well as ways to connect with other colleagues in your field.

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ADVANCED MENDELEY
Christopher Devers
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
 

Dr. Christopher Devers will demonstrate and discuss how to use Mendeley to help organize research projects. What is Mendeley? "Mendeley is a cross-platform application (Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad, iPhone, iPod) that helps researchers manage and annotate their scientific paper collections. Researchers can also set up collaborative projects, work and discuss in groups, and share data on Mendeley's web platform."
 

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QUALITATIVE (FIELD) RESEARCH
Stacy Hammons
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
 

Are you interested in conducting qualitative research, but are uncertain as to where to start? How do you settle on a research question appropriate to this type of research? What type of qualitative research design can best help you answer your research question? How do you go about data analysis? Are computer assisted data analysis programs really that useful? How do I pick the best one? These questions and more will be addressed in the qualitative field research workshop presented by Dr. Stacy Hammons, Associate Dean for the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Business.
 

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CHOOSING THE APPROPRIATE STATISTICS AND THEN ANALYZING THEM IN SPSS
Erin Devers
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
 

Have you ever been unsure about whether or how statistical software (SPSS in this case) can help you analyze your data? This research seminar is designed to help you answer that question. Erin Devers will explain and demonstrate the use of SPSS to run analyses like t-tests, ANOVAs, and Chi-squares. Statistical software is only useful when you know which buttons to push!
 

Watch this seminar Download the slidesStat ResourcesStatistical Computing
What statistical analysis should I use?
Statistics Hell
Web Center for Social Research Methods
QuickCalcs
Effect Size Calculators
Resources to help you learn and use SPSS
SPSS Online Guide
Statistics Help For Students
IBM SPSS Statistics
SOFA - Statistics Open For All
STATCON - List of free statistical software
GNU PSPP
The R Project for Statistical Computing
Video channel focused on SPSS
Video channel focused on R
Video Stat Resources
Web-enabled scientific services & applications - Free Statistics Software
Multi-platform statistical software package
StatSci - portal for statistical science, the discipline of statistics
Free online calculators and converters
Statistical Software Resources

 

 

MENDELEY BASICS
Christopher Devers
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
 

Dr. Christopher Devers will demonstrate and discuss how to use Mendeley to help organize research projects. What is Mendeley? "Mendeley is a cross-platform application (Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad, iPhone, iPod) that helps researchers manage and annotate their scientific paper collections. Researchers can also set up collaborative projects, work and discuss in groups, and share data on Mendeley's web platform."
 

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CHOOSING THE APPROPRIATE STATISTICS
Erin Devers
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
 

Have you ever been unsure about which statistics to use to analyze your data? This research seminar is designed to help you answer that question. Dr. Erin Devers will explain and demonstrate the use of basic inferential statistics such as correlation, regression, t-tests, and ANOVA's. Statistics are only as fun as the questions you are trying to answer with them! 
 

Watch this seminar Download the slides Stat ResourcesStatistical Computing
What statistical analysis should I use?
Statistics Hell
Web Center for Social Research Methods
QuickCalcs
Effect Size Calculators
Resources to help you learn and use SPSS
SPSS Online Guide
Statistics Help For Students
IBM SPSS Statistics
SOFA - Statistics Open For All
STATCON - List of free statistical software
GNU PSPP
The R Project for Statistical Computing
Video channel focused on SPSS
Video channel focused on R
Video Stat Resources
Web-enabled scientific services & applications - Free Statistics Software
Multi-platform statistical software package
StatSci - portal for statistical science, the discipline of statistics
Free online calculators and converters
Statistical Software Resources

 

 

HISTORICAL RESEARCH METHODS
Lisa Toland
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
 

Dr. Toland will talk through the basics of historical research. Drawing upon her recent studies on social history topics such as burial trends, sibling correspondence, and family structure among the English elite between 1550 and 1750, she will share what she has found to be the most helpful methods for "doing history." This talk would be useful as an introduction or refresher to anyone interested in qualitative humanities-based research and writing.
 

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MENDELEY BASICS
Christopher Devers
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
 

Dr. Christopher Devers will demonstrate and discuss how to use Mendeley to help organize research projects. What is Mendeley? "Mendeley is a cross-platform application (Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad, iPhone, iPod) that helps researchers manage and annotate their scientific paper collections. Researchers can also set up collaborative projects, work and discuss in groups, and share data on Mendeley's web platform."
 

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GETTING PUBLISHED
Delila Owens, Roberto Ramos, Jason Runyan, and Felix Tan
Friday, February 24, 2012
 

A panel of IWU faculty will speak about such issues as how to pick an appropriate journal or book publisher, structuring the manuscript, and responding to reviewer/editor comments, followed by a time for Q&A. How publishing differs across disciplines will also be addressed. Panel members will include Dr. Bill Millard (leadership studies), Dr. Delila Owens (graduate counseling), Dr. Roberto Ramos (physics), Dr. Jason Runyan (psychology), and Dr. Felix Tan (business/information systems).
 

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THE REPERTORY GRID: A TECHNIQUE FOR ELICITING THE PERSONAL CONSTRUCTS OF INDIVIDUALS
Felix Tan
Friday, January 27, 2012
 

Sensemaking begins with the personal constructs individuals use to understand and interpret events that occur around them. A technique suitable to the elicitation of personal constructs that individuals use is the repertory grid (RepGrid). It is a structured interview technique that facilitates the elicitation of responses from participants in a non-intrusive manner. The RepGrid has been widely used in psychology, management, marketing and more recently in Information Systems (IS) fields. This seminar introduces the RepGrid technique. It presents an overview of the RepGrid and discusses how the technique has been employed in IS research, including a including a program of research using the RepGrid undertaken by the presenter. The RepGrid offers the potential to enhance our understanding of how users, managers and IS professionals make sense of IT in their organizations.
 

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