The human experience that we seek to understand as qualitative researchers is ever evolving. Perhaps the most recent shift in our social worlds has been the digital turn –the layers of interaction that we engage in through smart phones, social media and other technologies. Exploring what it means to be human can no longer be limited to in-person observations, interviews and face-to-face relationship building. Whether described as “digital natives” or “Millennials”, new researchers need, and want, to know how to harness the power of their mobile devices, cloud computing and social media culture in their inquiries.While most researchers know about and understand the benefits of qualitative data analysis software (QDAS) packages, fewer have thought about the ways new digital tools may impact every aspect of our work as researchers. In this webinar I will introduce participants to how both free and proprietary technologies can be used to support the entire qualitative research process, including: engaging in reflexivity, networking through social media, collaborating with colleagues, conducting paperless literature reviews, collecting data through mobile apps and from social media, creating a “hands-free” transcribing process, analyzing text and multi-media data, and new ways of writing and representing findings.
Dr. Trena Paulus, Ph.D., is a Professor of Qualitative Research Methods at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA, USA. She is author of Digital Tools for Qualitative Research (Sage Publications, 2014, with Jessica Lester and Paul Dempster). Dr. Paulus has published over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles on topics related to qualitative research, language-based methodologies for investigating online conversations, computer-mediated communication and online learning. She teaches courses and advises graduate students on qualitative research methods, digital tools for qualitative research, analysis of online data, and discourse analysis. She is a founding member of both the Microanalysis of Online Data international network and the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry's new special interest group on Digital Tools. She is a certified professional trainer for ATLAS.ti and an Affiliate of the Center for Computer-Mediated Communication at Indiana University. She regularly consults and provides workshops on the use of digital tools in a variety of research contexts in the USA and internationally. She is currently working on a methodological text on analyzing online conversations for evidence of learning.