AERA to Offer Virtual Research Learning Series May through September—Registration Opens May 5
AERA to Offer Virtual Research Learning Series May through September—Registration Opens May 5

April  2020

AERA is launching a Virtual Research Learning Series that will offer nine professional development courses on a breadth of topics. Taught by leading experts in the field, the series runs from May through September. All courses will include interaction, active discussion, and Q&A with participants. 

Registration for all courses opens May 5. To maximize access to these courses for education researchers during these challenging times, AERA is charging only a modest fee of only $35 each. Registration includes not only the four-hour real-time class experience but also continued on-demand access to the recorded course through the AERA Virtual Research Learning Center (VRLC). 

The courses focus on skill development in implementing statistical techniques, communicating and writing research, qualitative research methods, and other research capacity–building areas. Designed to reach participants at multiple skill levels, the courses are appropriate for graduate students, early career scholars, and other researchers who seek to increase their knowledge and enhance research skills. 

“During these uncertain times AERA remains committed to providing strong professional development and training opportunities, in particular for graduate students and early scholars,” said AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine. “We are excited about the series and the excellent faculty who have signed on to offer valuable content and discussion to especially our next generation of researchers.” 

George Wimberly, AERA’s director of professional development, designed and leads this series. The courses include:

  • RL-1: What Would It Take to Change Your Inference? Quantifying the Discourse About Causal Inferences in the Social Sciences
    Tuesday, May 19, 1:00 pm–5:00 pm EDT
  • RL-2:  How to Get Published: Guidance From Emerging and Established Scholars
    Thursday, May 21, 1:00 pm–5:00 pm EDT
  • RL-3: Sharing Your Research With the World
    Wednesday, June 3, 1:00 pm–5:00 pm EDT
  • RL-4: Introduction to Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
    Thursday, June 4, 1:00 pm–5:00 pm EDT
  • RL-5: The Future Is Here: Analyzing NAEP Process Data Using R
    Wednesday, June 10, 1:00 pm–5:00 pm EDT
  • RL-6: How to Write About Qualitative Research 
    Thursday, August 6, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm EDT
  • RL-7: Empowerment Evaluation
    Wednesday, August 26, 1:00 pm–5:00 pm EDT
  • RL-8: Using Factor Analysis for Survey Design and Validation
    Tuesday, September 1, 1:00 pm–5:00 pm EDT
  • RL-9: Co-Decolonizing Research Methods: Toward Research Sustaining Indigenous and “Other” Community-Engaged Ways of Knowing
    Tuesday, September 15, 1:00 pm–5:00 pm EDT

Click here for course descriptions.

Early registration is encouraged. The course descriptions set forth whether participants will need access to any software. Questions about the courses should be directed to

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