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DSD: Introduction to REDCap for research
Course Description:

REDCap is a web-based survey and data collection tool for a range of research purposes from simple questionnaires to projects with multiple surveys across different time points. It supports a wide range of advanced features including branching logic and calculated field, and data import/export in multiple formats.

This session gives an overview of key features of REDCap to create our first survey and begin data collection. It is hands-on: we recommended that you have user accounts on REDCap but this is not compulsory. We will also learn the differences between the Standard and Data Safe Haven versions of UCL REDCap, and the support available..

The session is in a webinar format followed by Q&A. It is suitable for those with no or very little experience with REDCap. The session is planned for 50 minutes including the Q&A.

Note that the session does not teach principles of an effective survey, analytical methods or other digital skills such as saving and renaming files.

This demo will be particularly relevant to researchers, though what we learn about REDCap is transferable to other types of survey projects.

An understanding of what a survey tool is, and different question types (e.g. text, multiple choices) will be useful. "DSD Software 4 success : Survey tools" is recommended.


Once you have enrolled, please check that you have received a confirmation email from MyLearning. You will also receive an email with a joining link at least one day before the session.

Courses start on the hour but please join during the 5 minutes prior to this to download resources and test out your connection/audio.

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At the end of this session you will be able to: (a) Make suitable choices about question types, (b) Apply use of variables and other options available in questions for easier management (c) Demonstrate data security compliance (d) Set up a survey to collect data, view report, and export data.

Intended Audience:
This session is aimed at those new to REDCap to learn key features for setting up data collection for research and similar purposes.
Target Audience: All
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