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Introduction (return to top)

The consultation exercise recognised a significant demand for training in the use of IT in research. These included the use of email and internet surveys and interviews, qualitative and quantitative analysis software and the use of new ways of collecting and analysing data, such as through the use of videography. Although wide-ranging many of these needs can be ‘indirectly’ met in the delivery of other programme themes. However, a number of IT needs are new and perhaps require the RCBN to focus on ways of developing expertise rather than the sharing of expertise. Since this programme theme may be broader than most, greater consideration to the prioritising of activities may be necessary.


RCBN Activities (return to top)

29 April 2004, Using video in teaching and learning research, University of Bristol
One-day workshop, Thursday 29th April 2004, Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol. Further details can be accessed here.

13 February 2003, Introduction to Qualrus™: The Intelligent Qualitative Analysis Program, University of Gloucestershire
A one-day workshop to be held on Friday 13th February 2003, at Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham, University of Gloucestershire
. The workshop will be led by Ed Brent, the author of Qualrus, and will begin with an introduction to the software package. Further details are posted here.

5 December 2003, Introduction to ATLAS.ti software for qualitative analysis, University of Birmingham (repeated)
25 July 2003, Introduction to ATLAS.ti software for qualitative analysis, University of Leeds
In response to expressions of interest from several TLRP teams and individual researchers, the RCBN has organised a one-day ATLAS.ti training workshop. This will be held at the School of Education, at the University of Leeds, on the 25th July, 2003. Christina Silver, from the CAQDAS Networking Project, at the University of Surrey, will be leading the event. Further details are available on a page dedicated to the event.

25 June 2003, Introduction to QSR NVivo software for qualitative analysis, Cardiff (repeated)
10 June 2003, Introduction to QSR NVivo software for qualitative analysis, Newcastle
Following a request from a TLRP team regarding the possibility of the RCBN organising a training workshop on using QSR NVivo software, TLRP members were canvassed for their interest in such an activity. Many enthusiastic responses were received and owing to the high demand for places two training workshops were organised, taking place in Newcastle on the 10th of June 2002 and in Cardiff on the 25th of the same month. The evaluations returned by attendees were overwhelmingly positive and can be seen here

Assistance in IT-assisted research
The RCBN has the resources to help provide immediate and direct consultation from experts in the area of IT-assisted research. The RCBN can help identify the type of expertise you may require and who could provide this. Alternatively, you may already have a good idea of the expertise you require. In either case the RCBN can provide some of the resources necessary to access and share such expertise. Please contact the RCBN to discuss your particular requirements.

Similarly, if you are able and willing to offer your expertise in IT-assisted research to other researchers then please contact the RCBN. We can cover many of the costs incurred from assisting other researchers in using IT in their research.


References (return to top)

Building Research Capacity journal

Selwyn, N (2002) Using computer-mediated communication in educational research, Building Research Capacity, 2, pp.8-10

Smalley, N and Scourfield, J (2003) Setting up a research project web site, Building Research Capacity, 6, pp.3-4

Smith, F and Hardman, F (2003) Investigating classroom interaction using computerised observation, Building Research Capacity, 6, pp.5-7


Examples (return to top)


Links (return to top)

SdG Associates
SdG Associates provide training and project consultancy on using software for qualitative analysis

The CASS Question Bank
The CASS Question Bank is an ESRC funded resource aimed at the social science research community, survey professionals and students and teachers of social research methods.

Sphinx survey
The latest version of this integrated, one-stop software program will help you to create the ideal questionnaire and explore and display your findings with the minimum of time and effort.

Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software (CAQDAS)
CAQDAS aims to provide practical support, training and information in the use of a range of software programs which have been designed to assist qualitative data analysis. The project also provides various platforms for debate concerning the methodological and epistemological issues arising from the use of such software packages.

The World Wide Web Virtual Library
The WWW Virtual Library is run by a loose confederation of volunteers, who compile pages of key links for particular areas in which they are expert

ATLAS.ti is a powerful software package for the visual qualitative analysis of large bodies of textual, graphical and audio or video data.

Exploratory Software for Confidence Intervals (ESCI)
ESCI (Pronounced "esky") is a set of interactive simulations that run under Microsoft Excel.

QSR International
QSR International is the world leader in qualitative research software solutions. QSR's software supports state-of-the-art data analysis, in traditional and emerging methodologies, and the sharing of information amongst individuals and teams. QSR products include NUD*IST and NVivo.

winMAX is a powerful yet easy-to-use tool for text analysis that can be used for Grounded Theory oriented "code and retrieve" analysis as well as for more sophisticated text analysis, enabling both qualitative and quantitative procedures to be combined.

Electronic Textbook Statsoft
This Electronic Statistics Textbook offers training in the understanding and application of statistics.


Software (return to top)

Reference Manager
As the name implies, Reference Manager is software for managing references and creating bibliographies.
Further details on the research applications of this software can be obtained if you click here. A trial version can be down loaded from the Reference Manager web site

Feedback on a Reference Manager Training course is available here


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