Web-based training: Frequently asked questions

Q: Do I need to be online when the course is taking place?
A. The web-based training course is designed to be interactive. It is intended to be taken live, in real time, where you follow along in your printed notes, ask the instructor questions, and work examples using Stata. Courses are divided into three- to four-hour sessions that take place over consecutive days.

Q: What type of Internet connection do I need?
A: A high-speed Internet connection is required. A wired connection is not required. However, we do not recommed taking a web-based course using a public hot spot such as a library, an airport, or a coffee shop.

Q: When will I receive my course notes?
A: A printed copy of the course notes will ship to participants the week before the course is scheduled to begin.

Q: What will I need to do before the course begins?
A: To have the best experience in the web-based training course, you need to verify that you have installed and updated the necessary software and that you have downloaded all course materials. Specifically, you need to do the following:

  • If you have a current copy of Stata on the computer you will be using for the course, type update all to verify that Stata is up to date. For those who do not have Stata, you will receive a temporary license to install. For any questions regarding installing or updating Stata, contact [email protected].
  • Web-based courses are delivered via Zoom. If you need to download and install Zoom, go to https://zoom.us/download#client_4meeting.
  • Download all datasets and do-files used in the course. Registered participants will receive an email with instructions for downloading course materials before the first day of the training.

Q: Can I use my tablet or cell phone to attend the training?
A: Use at your own risk, and be advised that you will likely not be able to speak with the instructors. We do not recommend this.

Q: What if I do not have permission to install software on my computer? Can I still take the training?
A: Yes. An administrator on your computer can install the necessary software and download course materials before the course begins. You will be able to see and hear all course presentations and to communicate with instructors.

Q: Can I still take the training if I have an older version of Stata?
A: Yes, you may. We will send you a temporary license for the current version of Stata. Note that the course may cover features that are only available in the current version of Stata.

Q: What kind of computer will the instructor be using? I'm worried I won't be able to follow if I use something different.
A: The training will be conducted on a Windows computer. However, the Stata commands used in the courses are exactly the same across platforms. In addition, Stata's interface is very similar across platforms. You will be able to work along.

Q: Will I get the same high-quality free lunches that are offered in the classroom training courses?
A: You will get something better, because you can make your own lunch. ;<)