CASTLE Lab

The Computing and Statistical Technology Laboratories in Education (CASTLE) is a computer lab available to students and faculty for data analysis and research consultation. It is located on the main campus in the Teaching Academy, Room 305. 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 three 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. 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.

Ms. Fidan Sideifzada

Specializes research methods and statistical analysis; she is familiar with Stata.

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

Summer CASTLE HOURS

August 23rd – December 11th
NOTE: CASTLE is only open when classes are in session.*

Main Campus

Teaching Academy, Room 305

Mondays
2:00pm - 5:00pm

Wednesdays
10:00 am - 1:00 pm (for computer use only)

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.

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 Tuesday afternoon, please contact Dr. Jahani to schedule an appointment with her. 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.

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.

DAY

TIME

INSTRUCTOR

EMAIL

Tuesday

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Dr. Jahani

Wednesday

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Dr. Clark and Fidan

Thursday

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Dr. Jahani

* CASTLE will be closed on:

  • Monday, September 6th, for Labor Day
  • Thursday, November 11th, for Veterans Day
  • Thursday, November 25th, through Saturday, November 27th, for Thanksgiving.
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