AERA Launches 2021 Virtual Research Learning Series—June 2 Opening
AERA Launches 2021 Virtual Research Learning Series—June 2 Opening

May 2021

AERA has launched the 2021 Virtual Research Learning Series offering six professional development courses on a breadth of topics. Taught by leading experts in the field, the series runs from June 2 to July 8. All courses will include interaction, active discussion, and Q&A with participants. 

  • Click here for course information and to register

AERA is charging a course fee of $55 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 topics in quantitative and qualitative research methods as well as strategies for scholars to increase writing productivity. 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. 

“We are thrilled to offer such high-quality professional development and training opportunities, in particular for graduate students and early scholars,” said AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine. “Our excellent faculty and the content and discussion they will offer will be especially valuable to our next generation of researchers.” 

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

  • RL2021-1: Qualitative Data Analysis and Dynamic Visualizations Using Freeware: Mapping, Organizing, and Visualizing Interdependent Events
    Wednesday, June 2, 1:00 pm–5:00 pm EDT
  • RL2021-2: Why Aren’t You Writing? Clearing Obstacles to Productivity Tuesday, June 8, 1:00 pm–5:00 pm EDT
  • RL2021-3: Using R Software for Item Response Theory (IRT) Model Calibrations
    Tuesday, June 15, 1:00 pm–5:00 pm EDT
  • RL2021-4: Analyzing Large-Scale Assessment Data Using R
    Tuesday, June 22, 1:00 pm–5:00 pm EDT
  • RL2021-5: Designing Adequately Powered Cluster and Multisite Randomized Trials to Detect Main Effects, Moderation, and Mediation
    Wednesday, July 7, 1:00 pm–5:00 pm EDT
  • RL2021-6: Multimodal Analysis and Social Semiotics for Qualitative Analysis in Educational Research
    Thursday, July 8, 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

The nine research courses that were offered in the 2020 Virtual Research Learning Series are available on demand in the AERA Virtual Research Learning Center (VRLC).