CASTLE Lab

The Computing and Statistical Technology Laboratories in Education (CASTLE) are computer labs available to students and faculty for data analysis and research consultation. There are two locations, one on the main campus in TA 305 and one on the downtown campus in DPAC 302-M. The lab computers are equipped with various quantitative and qualitative software packages including SPSS, SAS, AMOS, LISREL, Multilog, Mplus and Nvivo. The lab instructors provide instructional services to graduate students and faculty, which include research design development, demonstration of software packages, guidance for processing quantitative and qualitative data, and some statistical troubleshooting.

There are four lab instructors with a variety of skills and specializations. They are:

Instructor

Specialization

Dr. M.H. Clark
(Main Campus)

Specializes in research design, causal inference, univariate statistics, and multivariate statistics; she is familiar with SPSS, SAS, and Excel.

Dr. Xiangping ‘Coco’ Gao
(Downtown Campus)

Specializes in survey methods, program evaluation, quantitative data manipulation and analysis; she is familiar with SPSS and Excel.

Dr. Shiva Jahani
(Main Campus)

Specializes in research methodology, advanced data analytics, data collection, and technical writing; she is familiar with SPSS, Mplus, SmartPLS, WarpPLS, and Excel.

Mr. Suat Babayigit
(Main Campus)

Specializes in research methods, design, and statistical analysis; he is familiar with Mplus, R, and SPSS.

Feel free to contact Dr. Clark or Dr. Gao if you have any questions about the lab or would like to schedule an appointment.

FALL CASTLE HOURS

August 24th – December 11th

NOTE: CASTLE is only open when classes are in session.*

Teaching Academy, Room 305

Tuesday 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Thursday 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Remote Consultation

To schedule a remote session via Zoom:

  • Send an email to the instructor listed below depending on the day and time that you would like a consultation. For example, if you would like to meet with someone on Monday afternoon, please contact Mr. Babayigit to schedule an appointment with him. Please let us know both your preferred time slot and a second choice.
  • Please give us 24 hours’ notice to reply.
  • Since we do not know how many clients we will need to meet with each day, each consultation will be 30 minutes. Appointments will be made based on our availability.

Remote Computer Access
For faculty and students who need to use the software on the computers in TA 305, you may access these computers remotely. There are eight computers available for remote access, four in the first two rows of the room and four in the last two rows. To access these computers:

  • Login to UCF apps at apps.ucf.edu
  • From the tabs on the left, select Desktops and All Desktops
  • Choose either CCIE TA305 Front Rows or CCIE TA305 Back Rows, depending on the software you need.
    • If you need to use CompMetaAnalysis, NVivo, SmartPLS, or SPSS Missing Values, log on through CCIE TA305 Front Rows.
    • If you need to use G*Power, HLM, IRTPRO, LISREL, MPlus, Optimal Design, R for Windows, R Studio, PS Matching for SPSS, SPSS, SAS, or WarpPLS, log on through CCIE TA305 Back Rows.
  • Open Citrix Receiver Launcher and click OK after reading the UCF System User Agreement
  • This will give you access to a desktop in TA 305
    • You may open and save files to and from Webcourses and your Knights drive, but not your local computer.
  • Remember to sign out when you are finished.

DAY

TIME

INSTRUCTOR

EMAIL

Monday

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Mr. Babayigit

Tuesday

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Dr. Gao

Wednesday

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Dr. Jahani

Wednesday

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Dr. Clark

Thursday

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Dr. Gao

Friday

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Dr. Gao

Saturday**

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Dr. Gao or
Mr. Babayigit

Main Campus

Teaching Academy, Room 305

Mondays

10:00am - 1:00pm

Tuesdays

2:00pm - 5:00pm

Wednesdays

10:00am - 1:00pm

Thursdays

2:00pm - 5:00pm

On four Saturdays:
(January 11th, February 22nd, March 21st, and April 11th)
10:00am – 1:00pm

Downtown Campus

Dr. Phillips Academic Commons

1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26 – DPAC 454
3/4 – DPAC 455
3/18 – DPAC 454
3/25 – DPAC 251
4/1, 4/8, 4/15 – DPAC 454

Wednesdays

10:00am - 1:00pm AND by appointment

The downtown lab doesn’t not currently have computers, therefore, you will need to bring your own laptop for the consultation.

*CASTLE will be closed on:

  • Monday, September 7th, for Labor Day
  • Wednesday, November 11th, for Veterans Day
  • Wednesday, November 25th, through Saturday, November 28th, for Thanksgiving.

**Remote sessions are available on the following Saturdays:

  • September 12th, with Dr. Gao
  • September 26th, with Mr. Babayigit
  • October 10th, with Dr. Gao
  • October 24th, with Mr. Babayigit
  • November 7th, with Dr. Gao
  • November 21st, with Mr. Babayigit
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