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AAPOR 101: AAPOR Professional Development Webinars

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Member Price: $135.00
Nonmember Price: $180.00

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Professional Development: Writing for Refereed Journals
About This Course:
For researchers across numerous sectors, peer-reviewed research remains the standard by which a discipline advances. But many face hurdles in publishing their research in refereed journals, and navigating the path from a nebulous research idea to publication may be a daunting prospect. To address common concerns related to publishing in refereed journals, this webinar brings together three scholars who will speak to more successful approaches to research and publication. Join us as the Education Committee welcomes Trent Buskirk, Patricia Moy, and Kristen Olson, who will focus on how articles might be crafted, the considerations to weigh when selecting a journal as an outlet, and how to better understand and hopefully succeed in the editorial review process.

Learning Objectives:
  • Crafting your article: How does one decide the purpose of one’s paper(s)? What is the role of theory vs. methods in these papers?
  • Selecting a journal: How does one determine the “best” journal for a particular manuscript? How does one submit for the journal selected?
  • Understanding the editorial review process: What editorial concerns are in play during the review process? How does one interpret decision letters, particularly those that invite a resubmission?

A “How To” Course on AAPOR Response Rate Calculations and Practical Examples from the Field
About This Course:
Recently, the Standard Definitions Committee revised the AAPOR Response Rate Calculator to accommodate many different types of surveys, including dual frame RDD telephone (DFRDD); address-based sample studies, opt-in panels, and others.  This follows a number of revisions to the AAPOR Standard Definitions: Final Dispositions of Case Codes and Outcome Rates for Surveys Report that have occurred over the past three years.  This webinar will provide a walkthrough of the particulars for calculating AAPOR response rates for each different kind of studies, and provide practical examples of each.  Furthermore, we will review the calculations upon which response rates are built, including not just overall response but cooperation, refusal and contact rates.  We will explore why the Standard Definitions Committee chose to provide a new formula for calculating DFRDD surveys and surveys with required screeners, and again review some examples from recent public studies.  The course will also cover considerations in defining study-specific outcome dispositions to official AAPOR outcome dispositions and discuss different approaches in estimating “e” for different types of surveys.

Learning Objectives:
  • To understand intimately AAPOR calculations for response, refusal, contact and cooperation
  • To understand how to use the AAPOR response rate sheets, when to use which one and how they differ
  • To learn how “e” impacts response rates and how and when to consider using different estimates of e and in particular the newer AAPOR calculation for DFRDD and screening studies

Getting Concrete about the Abstract: Tips for Writing Successful AAPOR Abstracts
About This Course:
Want to present your research at the 2018 AAPOR conference in Denver? If so, learn how to create a compelling abstract for your panel, paper or poster in this free professional development webinar. Presenters will include researchers at different stages of their careers, including the current and immediate past conference chairs.

Learning Objectives:
  • Learn what elements to include and exclude in a winning abstract when you are limited to only 300 words.
  • Understand the different types of presentation options -- panel, full paper, methodological brief, and poster – and learn how to determine which is best for your research. .
  • Gain a better understanding of the review and selection process: Who are the reviewers? What are they looking for? How are abstracts selected? How are abstracts placed in sessions?

PD Webinar:Behind the Curtain: AAPOR Committees, Volunteering, and Leadership Opportunities
About This Course:

AAPOR has many separate components and plenty of spots where volunteers take up roles that keep our organization moving. This webinar discusses why you should think about volunteering with AAPOR and how you actually put your name in the hat to become a volunteer. The presenters will talk about the different structures that make up AAPOR and how volunteers play a part in each one. This will include a discussion of committees, subcommittees, taskforces, the executive council, membership chapters, and affinity groups. Each of these components play a vital role in the continued success of AAPOR as an organization and many are only possible because of volunteers. Join us as the Education Committee welcomes Tim Johnson, Gretchen McHenry, and David Sterrett to learn about some of the groups within AAPOR and the crucial role that volunteers continue to play within AAPOR.

Learning Objectives:
  • The roles volunteers take up within AAPOR
  • Learning about committees, taskforces, membership chapters, executive council, and affinity groups
  • How to volunteer and become involved

Effective Public Speaking: The Art & Science of Conveyance--*FREE PD
About This Course:

Effective public speakers are successful at conveying their key points in simple, direct, and memorable ways, transporting their audience from one state of knowledge or mindset to another. These speakers have often mastered the art and science (or at least best practices) of public speaking. They know that nearly all talks that “fail” do so before the speaker has ever utters a single word. It is all about preparation – after that delivery is (fairly) easy. In this session we will examine some of the key aspects of public speaking, focusing on the delivery of a conference paper as our running example. We discuss how to best approach and frame a presentation, the many steps in preparation for the talk, and then some keys in the delivery. In doing so we will also touch on topics such as effective slide presentations, vocal command and body language, and how to deal with both exuberant and pesky audience members. Those attending the session will be better prepared by the end of the course to make their next big presentation!

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify techniques for framing and preparing a conference presentation (or other public talk).
  • Describe the importance of vocal command and body language in projecting professionalism and confidence.
  • Define keys to using slides and presentations to support, not substitute for your talk.

Reviewing Papers: Strategies for an Effective Peer-Review --*FREE PD
About This Course:

Researchers are commonly invited to review a journal article. The request makes the assumption that they know what to do. Reviewers’ training is however still rare and very often learning how to review a paper is picked up along the way. In this webinar we will discuss where peer-reviewing takes place in the journal article publication process, how a paper should be reviewed, what are editors expecting from reviewers, what reviewers should look for, and how a reviewer’s report should be written.

Concepts of single and double blind journal submissions, unethical author behaviors, plagiarism and self-plagiarism, and conflict of interests will be presented as well. Data and studies of reviewers will accompany the webinar together with a list of references in order to deepen the knowledge on the subject of peer-reviewing.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the concepts and the editors’ expectations about peer-reviewing.
  • Prepare an effective peer-review report.
  • Manage the request to review a paper.
  • Explain why writing a review makes you a better author.

Upcoming Webinars

Web & Multimode Survey Using Free/Open Source Tools
Presented on Thursday, February 17, 2022

Applications of Predictive Modeling to Survey Design & Operation in Address-based Samples
Presented on Thursday, March 17, 2022

Non-experimental study designs: The basics and recent advances
Presented on Thursday, April 7, 2022

Introduction to Machine Learning for Survey Research
Presented on Thursday, May 26, 2022

Introduction to Machine Learning for Survey Research
Presented on Thursday, May 26, 2022

A Beginners Guide to Publishing Methods Articles
Presented on Thursday, June 16, 2022

Ensuring Comparability and Measurement Equity: A Socio-Cultural Approach to Cognitive Interviewing
Presented on Thursday, July 21, 2022

Design Decisions for Survey Monitoring: From Tables to Dashboards
Presented on Thursday, August 18, 2022

Standards and guidelines for designing human-centered mobile surveys
Presented on Thursday, September 15, 2022

Video survey interviews: Recruiting, data quality, and respondent experience
Presented on Thursday, October 20, 2022

Data linkage -- A primer
Presented on Thursday, November 17, 2022

Systematic Visuo-Textual Analysis: a framework for analysing visual and textual data
Presented on Thursday, December 8, 2022

Past Webinar Recordings

Using Social Media for Web Survey Recruitment
Presented on Thursday, November 18, 2021

Short Course: Survey Weighting
Presented on Wednesday, October 13, 2021

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