Social Research Assoc.: Digital Methods, Consent

In May I will be offering both full-day training sessions (fee) and half-day seminars (free or discounted for SRA Members) with the Social Research Association in the UK and registration information is now online!

The sessions will be interactive, experiential and substantive. They are appropriate for qualitative researchers and those who teach and supervise research.

May 6: Full-day training in Edinburgh: Digital Methods for Qualitative Research. This session is now full!

May 7: Half-day seminar in Edinburgh: Getting to YES in the Digital Age: Informing Participants and Verifying Their Consent. 

May 8: Presenting at the Creative Research Methods conference in London: Seeing the Question, Showing the Answer: Visual Online Interviews.

May 11: Half-day seminar in LondonGetting to YES in the Digital Age: Informing Participants and Verifying Their Consent. will be joined by Matt Williams, founder of COSMOS, the Collaborative Online Social Media Observatory, and the session is chaired by Kandy Woodfield,  NatCen Social Research and New Social Research, New Social Science.

May 12: Full-day training in LondonDigital Methods for Qualitative Research.

The Qualitative E-Research Framework and Typology of Online Visual Methods provide holistic, systems-thinking approaches to considering choices in the context of research design for studies that make use of highly-interactive, visual and mobile communication technologies (Salmons, 2015, 2012).

Direct Connect: Blogs & Research

Direct Connect: Blogs & Research

I presented “Direct Connect: Blogs & Research,” a webinar as part of the IT4ALL free Spring Blog Fest @ITforALL. You can view the presentation here.

Here is the article I discussed:
Shorter, better, faster, free: Blogging changes the nature of academic research, not just how it is communicated” by Patrick Dunleavy

Here are the blogs I highlighted:

 

Social Research Methods for a Social Age?

Social Research Methods for a Social Age?

Social Media in Social Research is an e-book assembled by the UK NatCen. It brings together short pieces by a global group of scholars, including both qualitative and quantitative approaches.

Hear from some of the authors here: http://youtu.be/GalSXmm4LWs and find the e-book on Amazon at http://amzn.to/1xcOPoo.

I am pleased to be a part of this innovative project! My chapter, “Online Research Ethics: Questions Researchers Ask, Answers Guidelines Provide” is the result of an in-depth qualitative study of our network members’ ethical dilemmas and an analysis of research ethics codes to see whether and how they address social media and online research. I’ve posted a list of codes and resources. Here is a short introduction to my chapter: 

I hope that after you read the book you will join in the network activities. I’ve posted information about coming Tweetchats. The next one is on November 17, on “Ready, set, research!: accessing funds and data.”

 

Online Interviews for Active Learning Webinar (Archive)

View the recorded webinar here.

See sample exercises: E-Interviews for Active Learning in Class Projects.

Communications technologies allow us to keep in touch with far-flung friends and family, to work remotely, and to teach and learn online. We probably make different choices for the technology we use when we want to see the new baby across the country, versus when we are trying to finish a report we are writing with a colleague who is in another part of the world. Similarly, when we decide to use online communications technologies for research interviews, we need to make numerous decisions about which mode best supports the goal of the exchange. Then, we need to decide how to go about conducting the interview given that technology– how to create trust, develop rapport, and ask questions that will generate rich answers. Even though we may feel comfortable with our skills to communicate online, doing interviews requires another level of thinking and planning. How do we learn such skills? The availability of online communications tools means we can use e-interviews as experiential learning exercises in classes to achieve curricular goals as well as to develop online research skills.

This session will focus on use of online interviews in a) research methods courses to give students practice in planning and conducting interviews and b) in courses on other topics, where instructors want to bring real-world expertise into the discussion by having students interview practitioners. In either case, students are learning scholarly research skills and developing digital literacies in addition to gaining real-world perspectives on course content. Sample exercises will be offered that you can adapt for your own classes.