Illinois REDCap Certificate Series

The Illinois REDCap team will offer a four-week certificate series in October 2021, allowing for a comprehensive and in-depth exploration of REDCap and how it can be used on our campus. The free series is ideal for program coordinators, research lab managers, and advanced graduate students, although all interested parties are welcome to apply.

seal for University of Illinois REDCap Certificate SeriesThis series will equip participants with the knowledge and skills they need to design, build, and manage advanced data collection projects in Illinois REDCap. In addition to learning how to build and manage projects, participants will explore the variety of ways they can use REDCap, the regulatory considerations that REDCap can address and the Illinois REDCap features that can make data collection easier. Classes start Oct. 5 and run from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays in October.

We are now accepting applications. To make sure all participants get the most from this series, the REDCap team is seeking:

  • Applicants who have some knowledge or experience with REDCap or who plan to apply the knowledge they gain from the series to current or upcoming Illinois REDCap projects
  • Applicants who will commit to attending all four sessions
  • Users from diverse disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply

Spaces are limited. The deadline to apply is Aug. 27. Applicants will be notified if they have been admitted to the certificate series by Sept. 15.

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Series Details

Classes will be delivered over Zoom on Tuesdays in October, from 9 a.m. – noon with a short break mid-morning. Participants will be expected to complete short assessments (less than 30 minutes) after each class to demonstrate their understanding of the material. Questions? Contact the Illinois REDCap team (

Week 1: Introduction

Oct. 5

This session will give an introductory overview of Illinois REDCap, including its appropriate use cases, the regulations it can comply with, privacy and security measures, and an introductory tour of the interface.

Week 2: Building a REDCap project – form building

Oct. 12

In this session, attendees will begin building a project in REDCap. We will explore how to add questions to a project, the ways a question can be modified, and how to build a project with multiple forms. We will also learn how to enable a form as a survey, when it is appropriate to do so, and explore the survey settings that are available.

Week 3: Building a REDCap project – project-level settings

Oct. 19

This week, we will explore various project level settings. This includes the longitudinal features, repeating instruments, and user rights and roles. We will also look at the various ways REDCap can communicate with your participants or the research team through Automatic Survey Invitations and Alerts and Notifications. We will also discuss the importance of pilot testing your project and moving your project to production before collecting live data.

Week 4: Getting the most out of Illinois REDCap

Oct. 26

In the final week, we will talk about best practices for data collection in its various forms, how to review data with REDCap’s reporting features, and how to export data. We will also touch on advanced topics, including calculations, field embedding, eConsent, and API.