Item Response Theory, October 2017
For Participants: Here are materials and information that will help you get ready for the seminar.
Time and Place. The first session will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, October 20, in room 606 at Temple University Center City, 1515 Market St., Philadelphia, PA. If possible, try to arrive about 10 minutes earlier to check in and get organized. Class will end around 5:00 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday. The entrance to Temple University is not actually on Market St., but on the opposite side of the building on a pedestrian walkway (see picture at left). Please have a photo ID available to show the security guard.
If you’re walking from the Club Quarters Hotel, go right on Chestnut St. and then left on 16th St. After you cross Market St., turn right immediately after the first building (Firstrust Bank at 1515 Market). Walk about 1/2 block and look for the Temple sign.
Parking. We recommend using public transportation. All Philadelphia commuter trains and subway systems converge on the City Hall area. But if you must drive, we suggest the underground Love Park Garage at JFK Plaza, which is less than a 5 minute walk from TUCC. Enter by driving north on 16th St from Market St. When you get to Arch St., turn right and immediately take the down ramp into the garage. The rate is $16 per day if you enter the garage by 9 am and leave by 5 pm. Alternatively, go east on the Ben Franklin Parkway. At 16th St, bear left onto Arch St. and take the down ramp into the garage.
Computers. To participate in the hands-on exercises, you are strongly encouraged to bring a laptop computer with Stata and Mplus installed (Stata 14 or later; the free Mplus demo version will suffice). However, no previous experience with Stata or Mplus is assumed.
Digital Materials. For data sets and optional reading materials, click here. Reading materials are optional and for post-seminar review.
You will have access to power outlets. WiFi access requires a cell phone (with a US or Canadian carrier) capable of receiving text messages in order to get the log-in password. WiFi service is not guaranteed.
Food. We will serve coffee and tea in the morning. On the ground floor of the Temple building, there is also a Barnes & Noble Cafe that serves Starbucks coffee, along with a variety of food items. Other nearby options for drinks and snacks include Express Breakfast & Lunch, across the pedestrian walkway from the entrance to Temple and a little to the right, or the 7-11 which is located in the same building but to the left and around the corner.
For lunch, there are many restaurants in the immediate area. Options that are close and fast are:
- Potbelly Sandwich Shop, 1635 Market St. (entrance on 17th)
- VERTS Mediterranean Grill, 1601 Market St. (entrance on 16th)
- Corner Bakery Cafe, 1701 Market St.
There are two nearby food courts that offer a variety of options:
- The Shops at Liberty Place, 1625 Chestnut St.
- Comcast Center Market, 1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
If you need additional information, please give us a call at (610-642-1941) or send an e-mail message to firstname.lastname@example.org.