Now available!

Looking for insight, transformation and learning in online talk is now officially available from Routledge.

We wrote the book to offer researchers a comprehensive guide for analyzing digital interactions in formal and informal online spaces. It provides a clear framework for addressing major challenges that have arisen as social exchanges, meaning-making, and knowledge-building increasingly take place through social media, discussion forums, and digital communities. We hope you and your students find it a useful tool for planning and conducting studies using online talk as a data source.

Read more about Looking for Insight, Transformation and Learning in Online Talk.

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Jessica Lester and I had a fun time teaching a one-day professional development course on “Using ATLAS.ti Windows 8 Across the Research Process” at the American Educational Research Association meeting in Toronto last week. Even though half the class brought Macs, and we were teaching the Windows version, I think the participants learned a bit : )


Power Friday at Purdue

On February 1 I had the pleasure of participating in Purdue University College of Education’s Power Friday at the invitation of Dr. Wayne Wright, Associate Dean for Research, Graduate Programs and Faculty Development.

It was my first time on the road in a few months to talk about digital tools, and I especially enjoyed the chance to talk about our book on analyzing online talk that is FINALLY in press.

I didn’t even mind flying right into the heart of the polar vortex – I got a chance to use my uber-warm winter coat while walking across campus and re-learning how to balance on ice and slush.


Come see us at AERA!

Dr. Jessica Lester of Indiana University and I will be teaching a one day professional development course at the American Educational Research Association annual meeting in April in Toronto. Details are below.


PDC13:             Using ATLAS.ti Windows 8 Qualitative Data Analysis Software Across the Research Process
Instructors:      Jessica Nina Lester, Indiana University; Trena M. Paulus, University of Georgia – Athens

Date:                 Thursday, April 4
Time:                 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Fee:                    $135

This course introduces how ATLAS.ti 8 qualitative data analysis software (QDAS) can be used to support the entire research process, including managing and collaborating on projects, conducting paperless literature reviews, collecting data through mobile apps and social media, synchronizing audio and video files with transcripts, analyzing text/Geo-docs/multimedia data, and visualizing and representing findings. Although most researchers understand the benefits of QDAS, fewer have thought about how such software can support every aspect of their work. Through a variety of instructional strategies including demonstrations and hands-on work with data, participants will learn how to integrate ATLAS.ti 8 into a research study. The target audience includes graduate students, methods course instructors, practitioners, and qualitative or mixed methods researchers. Participants should have a working knowledge of qualitative research and, ideally, a research study in the design phase. While no prior experience with ATLAS.ti 8 is required, those who have never used it will be asked to watch a short webinar to become familiar with the interface. Participants should bring a laptop computer with the software installed (trial versions will be made available prior to the course). While sample data will be provided, participants may bring the following in the context of their own studies: text, audio, and/or video data; PDFs of scholarly literature; an iPad with the free app installed; a Twitter and/or Evernote account; and an XML file from a citation management system.