Foundations Workshops

You don’t have to be an expert in every facet of data collection and reporting, but foundational knowledge in the core building blocks of the data-informed decision making process is certainly key.

Delivered in an engaging manner, these virtual workshops introduce skills needed for a strong data-informed decision culture and are packed with information considered to be the foundational knowledge in each area of concentration.

Who should participate? The workshops are designed for anyone who works closely with data in higher education—not just IR professionals. Read testimonials from higher ed professionals like you who've participated in a foundations workshop.

Which workshop(s) would help reinforce your foundation?* 

*Workshops can be taken independently. There are no pre-requisites, and there is no suggested sequence. Sign up for the workshops you need, when you need them!

Data-Informed Decision Making Process

Upcoming Virtual Workshops

 
Foundations-of-Research-Design

Foundations of Research Design

Time Commitment: 5 hours | Cost: $200/$250 (member/nonmember)

This workshop teaches the basic principles of designing a research project in the context of higher education. We explore quantitative, qualitative, and mixed method research designs and methodologies as well as sampling and data collection techniques. We also discuss limitations and advantages to different research designs with a focus on selecting the correct design for the research problem.

As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify a research project, draft appropriate research questions, and identify its research design.
  • Articulate the differences between quantitative, qualitative, and mixed method research designs.
  • Understand real-world constraints on the selection of an appropriate research design.
  • Understand data collection, sampling techniques, and reliability and validity measures related to research designs.
 
Foundations-of-Data

Foundations of Data

Time Commitment: 5 hours | Cost: $200/$250 (member/nonmember)

This workshop teaches the basic principles of data and data management in the context of higher education. We explore the several types of data, where those data are located within an institution, how data are governed, the sources of internal and external data, and how data are stored and accessed. Participants new to higher education data will be served easy-to-understand information and those needing a refresher will find useful tips.

As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate the types of data and the four levels of measurement.
  • Understand common data-related higher education terminology.
  • Identify sources of administrative, non-administrative, and external data.
  • Describe basic concepts related to data governance and management.
 
Foundations-of-Survey-Design

Foundations of Survey Design

Time Commitment: 5 hours | Cost: $200/$250 (member/nonmember)

This workshop teaches, in non-technical terms, the foundational principles of survey design and administration in the context of higher education. We discuss common survey question types, provide some tips on ways to construct high-quality survey questions, and discuss how to structure a survey instrument. Participants new to survey research will be served consumable information and those needing a refresher will find useful tips. 

As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify common survey question types. 
  • Construct survey items that meet a high standard of quality. 
  • Draft and organize a survey instrument. 
  • Conduct translation-related validity tests on a survey instrument. 
 
Foundations of Survey Design

Foundations of Descriptive Statistics

Time Commitment: 5 hours | Cost: $200/$250 (member/nonmember)

This workshop teaches the foundations of descriptive statistics in the context of higher education. We explore measures of distributions, central tendency, dispersion, position, and graphs to summarize data. Participants new to descriptive statistics will be served consumable information and those needing a refresher will find useful tips.

As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate what a distribution is, when to use measures of distribution, and be able to perform those calculations.
  • Articulate reasons to use percentiles to describe a dataset and be able to perform those calculations.
  • Differentiate between measures of central tendency, when to use each, and be able to perform those calculations.
  • Differentiate between measures of dispersion, when to use each, and be able to perform those calculations. 
 
Foundations of Effective Reporting

Foundations of Effective Reporting

Time Commitment: 5 hours | Cost: $200/$250 (member/nonmember)

This workshop explores the visual, written, and organizational elements of effective reporting. In this course, we provide some tips for reporting, explore how to construct a data story, how to write an executive summary, and some tips for visualizations. Participants new to reporting will be served easy-to-understand information and those needing a refresher will find useful tips.  

As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate the principles of data storytelling.
  • Create a data story using a data table or chart.
  • Identify common types of data visualizations, when to use them, and common pitfalls.
  • Describe the various audiences for a report and identify their reporting needs. 

Testimonials

"AIR's Foundations of Data workshop provided me with a better understanding of data collection. The aspects of what types of data and their importance and application in reference to reporting and institutional effectiveness will be instrumental in the further development of our institution. What may seem as elementary to some, this workshop provides a clear foundational understanding upon which to build an efficient and well structured Institutional Effectiveness department. Thank you AIR!" —Mary Veloni, Faith International University

"The workshop was interactive, interesting, and insightful!  Definitely worth the money and time." —Anonymous, Foundations of Data

"This course provided exactly what it advertised. I started with almost no knowledge and I left with a strong foundation and a list of ways to keep growing in my skills." —Anonymous, Foundations of Survey Design

"The content was on point!  I found this to be a well constructed and executed program.  Timing was perfect and the group size allowed for discussion that I have not had before in a Zoom setting." —Andy Diehl, College of Western Idaho, Foundations of Survey Design

"A good explanation of how to apply your data in descriptive statistics. Also provides guidance on how to explain descriptive statistics to your data consumers." —Anonymous, Foundations of Descriptive Statistics

"Foundations of Descriptive Statistics overviews the basic and formative statistical functions an IR professional needs. This class teaches you how to go from raw data to organizing and calculating it into useable information." —Jodi Barnes, Trinity School

"This workshop provided many practical and applicable ideas and insights that I can begin to use immediately in my work. It is one of the best/most useful professional development courses that I've taken. I feel empowered to give recommendations based on my data analysis and research, and I feel equipped with ideas to write effective and persuasive reports that are more likely to be read and appreciated." —Kelli Voyles, Covenant College, Foundations of Effective Reporting

"Opened my eyes to a new world of data reporting and delivery. Excellent workshop!!" —David Koda, Auburn University at Montgomery, Foundations of Effective Reporting

"This workshop was so helpful to me as I was grappling with the best way to present and convey the meaning of the data to not only campus stakeholders, but community stakeholders as well. As a newer IR/IE professional, I found this workshop to be incredibly valuable and loved being able to attend from my living room." —Heather Rondeau, Alexandria Technical & Community College, Foundations of Effective Reporting

 

Contact Us

For more information on these workshops, please email training@airweb.org.