REDCap, Fair Use, BuckIRB, and Supercomputing

Using REDCap for Developing Data Collection Forms and Surveys


REDCap is a secure web application for building and managing online surveys and databases.  While REDCap can be used to collect virtually any type of data (including 21 CFR Part 11, FISMA, and HIPAA-compliant environments), it is specifically geared to support online or offline data capture for research studies and operations.  Using REDCap’s streamlined process for developing projects, you may create surveys, databases, or a combination of both using our Online Designer with your preferred web browser, or offline by constructing a data dictionary within Excel.

REDCap accounts, training and consultation are offered to OSU investigators, faculty, and staff at no cost.  Join Amy Drake, REDCap Specialist for Outreach and Education, for this workshop from the Center for Clinical and Translational Science.  The CCTS provides financial, organizational (resource navigation, regulatory, recruitment, etc.), consultative, and educational support to catalyze research that impacts human health and human behavior, as well as opportunities for community members to participate and engage in research.

Who: OSU faculty, postdocs, and graduate students
When: Tuesday, February 27, 11:00 am– 12:00 p.m.
Where: Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library

Fair Use in Research and Education (Workshop)


Do you use materials from third party sources in your teaching or research publication? Have you heard that all educational use is fair use but have some concerns about whether this is accurate? How can you evaluate whether something may qualify as fair use or determine if you need to seek permission? Join Copyright Services during Fair Use Week to learn how to use copyrighted materials confidently and legally in your research publications and teaching. 

Who: OSU faculty, postdocs, and graduate students
When: Thursday, March 1, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library

Buck-IRB Initial Submissions (Workshop)


The Office of Responsible Research Practices is offering a workshop on the Buck-IRB initial submission application. The workshop will:

  • Provide an overview of the Buck-IRB system and how to navigate through the Ohio State IRB initial application (not external or exempt)
  • Identify documents that typically accompany a complete application
  • Discuss common pitfalls and tips for successful submission
  • Focus on application sections specific to behavioral research

Who: OSU faculty, postdocs, and graduate students
When: Wednesday, March 7, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library

Introduction to Research Computing at Ohio Supercomputer Center (Workshop)


Both those interested in learning about Ohio Supercomputer Center services and those who want to use their allocations more efficiently are encouraged to attend. This is a great opportunity to ask any questions you have about performing your computational research on our systems. Topics for this workshop include:

  • High performance computing concepts
  • Hardware and software available at OSC
  • Getting allocations and accounts
  • How to connect and log in
  • How to move data on and off the systems
  • Introduction to batch processing
  • Storage and file systems

Optional hands-on participation. Participants who bring a laptop computer will be able to connect to the supercomputers during the workshop.  OSU wireless is available in the seminar room.  OSC workshop accounts will be provided or you can use your own OSC accounts.

Who: OSU faculty, postdocs, and graduate students
When: Thursday, March 15, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library

Methodological Colloquium

Writing Samples and Instructional Conversations about “Good” Argumentative Writing in a High School Language Arts Classroom

Friday, February 23, 2018
Ramseyer Hall Room 136

George Newell, PhD
Department of Teaching and Learning

Student Affairs Assessment and Research Conference Call for Proposals


Dear Colleague,

Are you interested in learning how to improve your assessment skills and exploring cutting edge research on the student experience? Join us for the 8th annual Student Affairs Assessment and Research Conference (SAARC) on Friday, June 8th, 2018 at the Ohio Union. We are very excited to announce that this year’s conference keynote speaker is Dr. Dafina-Lazarus Stewart of Colorado State University.

We are welcoming a broad range of proposals related to student affairs research and assessment, but are especially interested in proposals related to our conference theme, “Giving Voice: Designing Inclusive Assessment” as well as proposals on unique data collection methods. Inclusive assessment refers to ways in which assessment or research is conceptualized, designed, analyzed and used to tell our students’ stories in a way that represents our diverse student populations.

This conference is aimed at faculty, staff and students of all levels of experience, across a wide variety of departments. This is a reminder that we are accepting proposals until March 19, 2018 and are looking for presentations that represent diverse perspectives of student affairs.

Click here to submit your proposal.

Registration is now open for the 8th annual Student Affairs Assessment and Research Conference!

For questions or more information, contact Austin Simon ( or Liz Lubinger (

Digital Accessibility Center (DAC) Graduate Administrative Associate

Job Description
The Digital Accessibility Center (DAC) is a collaboration between the Office of University Compliance and Integrity,
Office of student Life Disability Services, and the ADA Coordinator’s Office. The DAC oversees and supports efforts
to ensure that websites, applications, and digital content used or created by university offices, departments, and
colleges are accessible to people with disabilities. As part of the DAC team, this position will support The Ohio State
University’s digital accessibility initiatives. The Graduate Administrative Associate will support the evaluation of
digital information and services for compliance with the university’s Digital Accessibility Policy.

The candidate must be in good academic standing and must possess strong aptitude, experience, and/or interest in
working with students with disabilities, assistive technologies, and digital accessibility. Additional responsibilities
include assisting with general tasks in the Digital Accessibility Center, which may include supporting the campus roll
out of a web scanning tool, general administrative duties, and scheduling.

Required Qualifications
• Experience with Microsoft Office Suite
• Organized and flexible
• Meets deadlines and works efficiently with moderate supervision
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong interpersonal skills
• Experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and awareness of inclusive work practices
Desired Qualifications
• Working knowledge of HTML5 and CSS.
• Experience with web design and web content creation
• General experience with digital accessibility testing

How to Apply
To apply for this position, the candidate must submit the following information to Julia Novakowski via e-mail
( (a) cover letter and (b) resume by March 23, 2018.

This position requires 30 flexible hours per week at a 75% FTE starting summer 2018. This appointment will be for
summer term with the possibility of a longer appointment going forward.

Research Commons Upcoming Events

Highlighted Consultation Services

Copyright Services
Schedule a consultation:
Wednesdays, 2-5pm

Copyright Services provides consultations on many copyright issues related to the use and creation of copyrighted content as part of research and teaching. We are available to help answer your questions on reproducing figures and text in your thesis or dissertation, sharing materials in your teaching, and understanding your rights as a copyright owner, including as part of the publication process.


Workshops and Events

GIS for Research II: Essential Skills for GIS Data Management and Visualization (Workshop)

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are becoming increasingly recognized by researchers across a wide range of disciplines for their use in answering questions, solving problems, and making decisions. Despite the powerful tools and potential benefits associated with GIS, researchers often perceive barriers to entry when it comes to learning new skills in this area, similar to challenges encountered when trying to learn any new software or technology. The aim of this workshop is to lower those barriers for researchers new to GIS by focusing on some of the most common tasks and essential skills for getting started with GIS data management and visualization. In this workshop, participants will:

• Gain hands-on experience using ArcGIS Desktop, the industry-leading GIS software
• Learn best practices for describing, preparing, organizing, and managing their GIS data
• Perform fundamental GIS tasks including acquiring data, projecting data, joining data, and creating map layouts for visualization

Who: OSU faculty, staff, and students from all disciplines
When: Friday, February 16, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library

This workshop will be repeated on March 8, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. If you would prefer to register for the March 8 workshop, please use this link:


Creating Data Management Plans with the DMPTool (Workshop)

Many funding agencies now require the submission of a data management plan along with a researcher’s grant proposal. In this session, we will discuss the information that researchers should be including in their data management plans. Participants will also learn strategies for creating data management plans with the online DMPTool, which walks researchers through a funding agency’s specific requirements and expectations. Join Sharon Sadvari, Data Services Specialist for Outreach and Education, for this hands-on workshop.

Who: OSU faculty, postdocs, and graduate students
When: Wednesday, February 21, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library.


Data Visualization Tools Workshop Series
The Research Commons will be hosting a workshop series on some of the tools commonly used in creating data visualizations: Microsoft Excel, Adobe Illustrator, and Tableau. Workshops are interactive and participants should expert to learn the basics of using the specified tool for creating data visualizations.

Introduction to Illustrator for Data Visualization
February 22, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Register and Learn more:


Introduction to Excel for Data Visualization
March 21, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
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Introduction to Illustrator for Data Visualization
April 4, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
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Introduction to Tableau for Data Visualization
April 17, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
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Grant Writing: An Introduction (Workshop)

Join us for this interactive workshop on grant writing. We will address some of the similarities and differences between the funding processes for federal/state agencies and private foundations. Topics include best practices for seeking funding, including the SPIN Funding Opportunities system and other funding resources, and examples of writing that is both persuasive and clear.
Presenters include:

Leanda Rix, Executive Director, Foundation Relations
Jeff Agnoli, Office of Research
Sharon Sadvari, Data Services Specialist for Outreach and Education

Who: OSU faculty, postdocs, staff, and graduate students
When: Wednesday, February 28, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library

New IR Data Set for Student Theses or Dissertations

We have news of an exciting data set from Julie Carpenter-Hubin, Asst. Vice President in OAA for the Office of Institutional Research and Planning (IR). This data set could provide thesis or dissertation data or an applied project with cross-sectional and/or longitudinal components for graduate students interested in issues of student engagement.

IR will be administering the Gallup Alumni Survey in April – this will be their third administration of it.  Gallup looks at the degree to which OSU graduates are engaged in their work, whether they are thriving in key aspects of well-being, and how they rate their undergrad experiences. IR will continue with surveying alumni 1-5 years out, which was done two years ago, but now they are adding all alumni who completed the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) at some point in the past.  IR started doing the NSSE in 2004 and they have administered it every three years, so there should be enough past NSSE respondents who also complete Gallup to learn how alums responded about engagement then and how they remember it and believe it affects them today.

The 2004 NSSE survey instrument, and the means and frequencies report along with the Gallup survey instrument are attached. 

For more details, please contact Julie Carpenter-Hubin,

Field Research Grants for Graduate Students

The Center for Latin American Studies is accepting applications for 2018 Tinker Field Research Grants, which can be used to provide graduate students with funds for travel to and within Latin America to conduct pre-dissertation research. Up to $3,000 per student may be awarded and the competition is open to all graduate students in all academic fields at Ohio State.

A flyer is attached. The deadline is Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. For more information, please visit: