Some exciting news – if all goes as planned, I’ll be heading to Poland in February for a few months as a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar.
Since the book came out, Jessica and I have been working on a few ways to expand our arguments. One is through the idea of “creating digital research workflows” as part of research methodology and reflexivity. We are currently co-editing a special issue with Qualitative Inquiry on how methods impact digital tools and spaces, and vice versa.
We recently gave our first workshop on this topic, hosted by The Qualitative Report. Forty participants signed up and we had an amazing days of conversations around the consequences of integrating digital tools and spaces into our studies. We are working on designing future workshops.
Shortly after that I visited with the Digital Scholarship & Communications and Digital Commons communities at the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries at Vanderbilt University to share tips on choosing qualitative data analysis software and a lecture on creating digital workflows. It was amazing to be back in-person talking with colleagues about these topics.
Here’s a chance to listen to our conversation about the book with Dr. Pengfei Zhao on the New Books Network, and I will be sharing tips about choosing data analysis software later this month for the Challenges & Affordances of Qualitative Methodologies series at Adam Mickiewicz University. Join us!
We’ve had three scholars publish reviews of Doing Qualitative Research in a Digital World since it came out earlier this year. Excerpts are below, with links to the full reviews.
By Kenza Bennani for the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation:
“Far from being a book for researchers only, it offers useful guidance for evaluators who wish to learn more about how new technologies can transform evaluation practices and be used to create robust evaluation workflows, both in times of COVID-19 and beyond, as we engage new contexts and perspectives and continue to reshape our understanding of ‘fieldwork.'”
By Kate H. Guthrie for the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education:
“This text is packed with relevant topics related to engaging in qualitative research in today’s digital world. Regardless of whether one is simply aiming to use digital tools alongside research processes or wishes to research in digital spaces, this text anchors the reader in relevant, critical discourse of qualitative digital tools and spaces.“
By Colin Andrew Sharp for the Evaluation Journal of Australasia:
“Conducting and reporting evaluations can be stressful, especially in the context of the global pandemic (Maloney, 2020). With the COVID-19 restrictions, evaluators had a problem in common with researchers and teachers: How to make the most of the digital environment of our clients in gathering data and communicating. The new SAGE book Doing Qualitative Research in a Digital World (Paulus & Lester, 2022) should be a useful resource in adapting our data collection and analyses to the continuing digital context.“
Many thanks to each of these scholars for taking the time to read and thoughtfully review this book.
Here’s a link to the recording of our pre-conference roundtable discussion on Using Technology Meaningfully in Qualitative Research for the World Conference on Qualitative Research: https://lnkd.in/dTbywStX
Join Dr. Jessica Lester and I on Sept 16 for a round table discussion at the 6th World Conference on Qualitative Research. Sign up here.
In March, Dr. Lester and I were honored to give the inaugural presentation for the new Explorations in ATLAS.ti Webinar Series hosted by the University of British Columbia Okanogan International Qualitative Research Toolkit. You can watch our presentation about designing and conducting qualitative research here.
Best wishes to everyone as the new academic year approaches.
Late this summer I was appointed the new Director of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities here at ETSU. I’ll be spending this year engaging in strategic planning, including a listening tour, since we are limited in our ability to travel to conferences.
As we get closer to see our newest book published, we’ve been invited to participate in a series of webinars on the topic of doing qualitative research in a digital world and the topic of analyzing online conversations.
Jessica Lester and I were interviewed by Janet Salmons for Sage MethodSpace and had a very engaging conversation about utilizing online methods.
A few weeks later, Alyssa Wise and I were also interviews by Janet Salmons about designing research studies for the analysis of online talk.
As you can imagine, both topics are highly sought after due to so many social science researchers moving their studies online.
This week Jessica and I had the privilege of presenting the inaugural webinar for the CAQDAS methodological webinar series. It was our first public discussion of our thinking around the intersection of theory, this historical moment, technology use and methodological change.
On Friday I’ll be giving a 3 hour version of the digital tools for qualitative research workshop for participants in Penn State’s Research Methods for Applied Linguists series. Originally we were to hold these workshops on-site back in May, but alas COVID-19.
We have a few more events coming soon – so stay tuned!
The second edition has been published! Jessica Lester and I co-authored chapter 37, “Using software to support qualitative data analysis”.