Rasch Courses

Course overview

Due to ongoing uncertainty regarding COVID-19 restrictions, we have unfortunately taken the decision to cancel all in-person Rasch courses until further notice. 

We are currently offering an ONLINE Introductory course (see below) but we currently have no Intermediate or Advanced courses scheduled, in any format.  

We do hope to offer further in-person and online courses again at some point in the future, so please keep an eye on this page for further information, or please let us know if you would like to be added to a mailing list regarding any further Rasch course news or announcements. 

If you have any queries relating to the courses, then please contact Angela Greenbank (A.Greenbank@leeds.ac.uk) for administrative enquires or Mike Horton (m.c.horton@leeds.ac.uk) for course-content related enquiries. 

Introduction to Rasch Analysis  

ONLINE Introductory Rasch Analysis using RUMM2030 Course – Feb/March 2022 

A workshop to introduce Rasch analysis using RUMM2030 software. This course will suit those working in the measurement of outcomes in the health sciences, of attitudinal data in the social sciences, or in educational testing. It will take the form of an online workshop introducing the Rasch measurement model and the Rasch Unidimensional Measurement Models (RUMM2030) software package. The workshop will be delivered fully online through a combination of pre-recorded teaching videos, exercises, and interactive live sessions over a number of weeks, from 2nd February – 16th March, 2022, inclusive. The course will be delivered through Microsoft Teams. 

At the end of the workshop, participants should be able to analyse and interpret data, using RUMM2030, for: 

  • Input of data into the RUMM2030 programme 

  • Testing for local dependency and unidimensionality assumptions 

  • Assessing scaling characteristics and fit to the Rasch model 

  • Examining the category probability patterns for polytomous items 

  • Examining the targeting and reliability of the scale or test 

  • Assessing Differential Item Functioning 

  • Assessing Response Dependence 

Course requirements  

  • Access to a computer running a pre-installed Evaluation Edition of RUMM 2030 (which we will provide) or a full version of RUMM 2030  

NB – Please note that administrative rights are necessary to install RUMM onto a computer, so this installation will need to be done in advance of the course (by your institutional IT departments) if you do not have admin rights on your computer  

  • Access to a computer running Microsoft Excel  

  • Access to SPSS software is also preferable, but not necessary  

Additional Details  

Date of course:   

The planned sessions are all on a Wednesday afternoon, and are as follows:  

2nd February – 2pm UK time  

9th February – 2pm UK time  

16th February – 2pm UK time  

(No session on 23rd Feb)  

2nd March – 2pm UK time  

9th March – 2pm UK time  

16th March – 2pm UK time  

Please note that although participation in all sessions is encouraged, the live sessions will be recorded and access to these recordings will be provided to all participants.  

The online course will be delivered via the Microsoft Teams platform. 

Intermediate and Advanced Rasch Analysis Courses 

*NB* There are currently no Intermediate or Advanced courses scheduled, in either an online or in-person format. We do hope to offer the Intermediate and Advanced courses again at some point in the future, so please keep an eye on this page for further information, or please let us know if you would like to be added to a mailing list regarding any further Rasch Course news or announcements. 

Intermediate Rasch Analysis 

This workshop will look at more advanced topics using the RUMM2030 software and will include issues of establishing item banks, the principles of Computer Adaptive Testing, assessing complex DIF issues and tips on writing a Rasch paper. 

*Please be aware that some familiarity with the RUMM2030 software is assumed on this course, therefore all participants are expected to have completed the introductory course or have experience with RUMM 2020/2030 software. 

 At the end of this workshop, students should be able to: 

  • Understand the process of establishing an item bank 

  • Understand the principles of anchoring item calibrations 

  • Test the efficacy of the item bank under CAT simulation 

  • Assess and accommodate complex DIF 

  • Adjust estimates of patient ability for group differences in outcome measures 

  • Write a good Rasch paper 

Advanced Rasch Analysis 

This workshop will concentrate on introducing substantive methodological issues using a range of software and will include simulation of data to address current issues of methodological concern. 

This is an interactive workshop featuring an external expert(s) in the field of Rasch Analysis. The content of the course changes every time the Advanced Course is run and varies depending on current issues and the external expert involved. 

Examples of issues tackled in previous advanced workshops include: 

  • Simulating data to examine the effect of different levels of local dependency upon person estimates 

  • Simulating data to examine the effect of disordered thresholds upon the interpretation of fit and unidimensionality 

  • Simulating data to test if imputed data affects interpretation of Rasch fit 

  • Comparing unidimensional and multidimensional estimates 

Dates, Pricing and Booking Information 

ONLINE Introductory Rasch Analysis using RUMM2030 Course – Feb/March 2022 

Date of course 

The planned sessions are all on a Wednesday afternoon, and are as follows:  

2nd February – 2pm UK time  

9th February – 2pm UK time  

16th February – 2pm UK time  

(No session on 23rd Feb)  

2nd March – 2pm UK time  

9th March – 2pm UK time  

16th March – 2pm UK time  

Price 

The cost of the online course is £450. 

Booking 

Booking is available through the online store, here: 

BOOK HERE 

**Software - For further information on the RUMM2030 software please go to the Rummlab website 

Commercial rates also available upon request. 

Advanced users are expected to have the software. 

Terms & Conditions 

The course fee is exempt from VAT. 

Registrations are accepted on the understanding that the courses are offered in good faith but may have to be rescheduled or altered for reasons outside our control. The University of Leeds reserves the right to cancel or postpone the course, in which case the fees will be refunded in full. In the event of cancellation, the University will not be held liable for delegates' travel or accommodation expenses. 

Where a delegate wishes to cancel a registration, written cancellations received up to 28 days prior to the start of the course will be subject to an administration charge of £50. After this date the full fee is chargeable and no refund will be made. However, we can accept substitution of a student at any time. We can also accept transfer to another course, subject to place availability up to 28 days prior to the start of the original course without additional charge, within 28 days transfer to a subsequent course will be £100.