Item Response Theory, November 2016
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, November 4, in room 608 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 4:00 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.
Computers. This seminar will primarily use Stata and Mplus for the examples. For some examples, we will also use R (with the package ltm), IRTPRO, and flexMIRT. However, prior knowledge of any of these 5 software packages is not essential or required.
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.
Parking. We recommend using public transportation. All Philadelphia trains and subway systems converge on the City Hall area. But if you must drive, we suggest the underground AutoPark 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 should be $15 on Friday and $10 on Saturday. Alternatively, go east on the Ben Franklin Parkway. At 16th St, bear left onto Arch St. and take the down ramp into the garage.
Food. No food or beverage will be served during this course. There is a Barnes & Nobles Cafe that serves Starbucks coffee on the ground floor of the Temple building. The Cafe is open on Friday and Saturday. If you need coffee, soda, or snacks, we recommend the Express Breakfast & Lunch, across the pedestrian walkway from the entrance to Temple and a little to the right. That store won’t be open on Saturday, so you can go to 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. There are two nearby food courts that offer a variety of options:
Shops at Liberty Place
1625 Chestnut St.
Comcast Center Market
1701 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
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.