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Qualitative Innovations in CAQDAS (QUIC)

Gibbs, Graham R. and Silver, Christina (2010) Qualitative Innovations in CAQDAS (QUIC). In: Open Educational Resources 2011 (OER11), 11 - 13 May 2011, University of Manchester.

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Abstract

OER1131 Symposium Thursday 12 May 13.30

This is a very highly focused project, funded by the ESRC as part of one of its Research Methods Nodes. It forms part of the activities of the longstanding CAQDAS (Computer Assisted Qualitative Data AnalysiS) Networking Project at the University of Surrey that has been assisting researchers and postgraduates in learning about the use of software in qualitative data analysis for over 15 years. One of the current project's aims is to make openly available, via its web site, a large number of textual, audio and video learning resources about how to use the software in analysis. Two things are distinctive. First the target users are postgraduate and other researchers. It covers topics that would not normally be addressed at undergraduate level. Second, it is very tightly focused on use by the learners themselves. Though teachers may use the materials in teaching postgraduates this is not the target group. Because of the nature of the target group, training resources can be much more specialist, detailed and complex. Users are usually very focused on specific learning needs, which they have already identified in their research work. In addition, most of the material is addressing the use of specialist software in specialist ways. The main foci for the learning resources are: i) mixed methods research, ii) geographic information systems data used in qualitative research, iii) dealing with visual data and iv) using digital video material. Despite being tightly focused, the project also has to position itself in respect of other closely related resource materials. This includes materials on general qualitative methods (as discussed in other papers in this symposium) and the companies who write the software used in the resources who have commonly produced their own learning materials. Most of these are also open educational resources. This paper will report on how the project has addressed these issues. This work is embedded in a long-standing project and awareness of its outputs is unlikely to be an issue. However, the specialized nature of the learning resources will mean that for many learners there will be an issue of determining what their research learning needs are and whether they can be addressed by the project resources. The paper will also report on how these issues have been addressed.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: OER1131d Short Paper (Part of Symposium OER1131
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
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Depositing User: Sara Taylor
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2011 14:16
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2011 09:33
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/11936

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