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REDCap Training Resources

Just Getting Started?
In you are new to REDCap, this first set of videos below can help you get started to learn the basics of REDCap and provide a general overview for some of REDCap's preliminary concepts and features.

Title Description Watch
Video
REDCap Overview This video provides an overview of basic functions and features within a REDCap project. It will serve as a starting point for learning about the basic concepts of REDCap, what REDCap projects are, how to create them, and how to use them.
78 minutes
Building Your Data Collection Forms The Online Designer
Use this online method for making modifications to project fields and data collection instruments very easily using only your web browser. Changes can be made quickly and viewed immediately as you build your data collection forms in real time.
5 minutes
The Data Dictionary
Use this offline method, called the 'Data Dictionary', which is a specifically formatted Microsoft Excel file within which you may construct your project fields and afterward upload the file into REDCap to commit the changes to your project. If you wish to view an example of how your Data Dictionary may be formatted, you may download the Data Dictionary demonstration file.
14 minutes
Data Entry Overview This video delineates some of the basic workflow and functionality seen when performing data entry in REDCap.
16 minutes
The Scheduling Module If you elect to utilize the Scheduling module in your REDCap project, you may then generate schedules based upon pre-defined events/time-points, after which the scheduled events get added to your project calendar. Scheduling may be done in conjunction with proper data collection, or scheduling may be performed on its own.
6 minutes

Types of REDCap Projects
There are several flavors of REDCap projects to choose from as you begin thinking about building your own project. Each type of project has its advantages and disadvantages, and may fit the specific needs better of one type of project over another. Please review the different types below, and you may even view a live example of each project type in action or view a short video about it.

Project Type Description View
Example
Watch
Video
Traditional Project
(classic model with data entry forms)
The traditional project is typically used for the primary purpose of simple data collection and data export. Multiple data collection instruments are often defined. While this model is not specifically aimed for capturing data in a longitudinal fashion, it can sometimes be utilized this way (with some limitations).
5 minutes
Single Survey Project A single survey project is a REDCap project with only one data collection instrument, which will be utilized as a survey where data will be entered by survey respondents.
24 minutes
Longitudinal Project
(multi-use data entry forms,
abstract time-points)
A project with the Longitudinal module enabled allows one to utilize data collection instruments multiple times for any given project record/patient so that the same data may be captured over and over again longitudinally. This model allows one to define time-points/events/visits that will be used for the data collection, and provides a useful grid to monitor the progress of data collection for all time-points/visits for all data collection instruments for each record.
3 minutes
Longitudinal Project
+ Scheduling
(multi-use data entry forms,
defined time points)
Utilizing the Scheduling module for a Longitudinal project allows for the scheduling of participants onto a study calendar using pre-defined time-points/events (described above). This also allows for convenient data capture for participants scheduled over the course of the time-points/events. Schedules can be generated and, if needed, modified afterward.
8 minutes
Parent-Child Linking
(linking together
multiple projects)
It is possible in REDCap to link together multiple projects so that one or more 'child' projects can be linked to a single shared 'parent' project (e.g. a project with only demographics information). This is especially useful when identical data fields might exist in multiple projects when using the same records/patients for each. Thus, to reduce data being entered redundantly into all the projects, they can be entered into a single 'parent' project, to which any 'child' projects might be linked so that the data fields from the 'parent' will be shared in the 'child'. Not available Not available
Operations
(use case for non-study/non-trial)
While REDCap projects are often used to capture data for clinical research and trials, it may also be implemented to capture any sort of data, including operational bookkeeping information.
1 minute

Special Features within REDCap Projects
Every REDCap project is capable of utilizing special features, some of which can be enabled by normal users and some by REDCap administrators. Below is a listing of these features.

Feature Description Watch
Video
Data Access Groups
for multi-site projects
The Data Access Groups feature can be enabled within any REDCap project, and allows users to be designated into groups, after which any user in a Data Access Group may only see records created by another person in that group. Thus, groups may enter data but not be allowed to see other group's data/records. This is especially useful for multi-site projects that may require each site to enter data but not have access to what the other sites are entering.
3 minutes
Double Data Entry The Double Data Entry module may be enabled for any REDCap project, and allows two specific project users to be designated as double data entry persons. This permits each of the two users to create and enter data for the same records independently of each other, and afterward, a 'reviewer' user will have the option to compare and merge any pair of records entered by the double data entry persons. Not available
Locking Records It may be necessary in some projects for a project record to be locked so that certain users may not alter it, while still being able to view it. The Lock Records setting can be enabled for any project user on the User Rights page, which allows them to lock either 1) one form for any given record, or 2) all forms for a given record. After being locked, only users with locking/unlocking privileges may unlock it to allow it to be modified again.
3 minutes