The Corvallis ATLAS.ti Summer Workshop Series

I am very pleased to be a part of the first ATLAS.ti Summer Workshop Series this summer in Corvallis, Oregon. Ricardo Contreras, Susanne Friese, Paul Mihas, Christina Silver, Nick Woolf and I will be working together to create a meaningful set of courses to help people learn how to use data analysis software to its fullest potential. We are still finalizing the course descriptions, but if you are ready to sign up – check out our registration page.

Narrative inquiry in diabetes research

Lisa Acuff, a former student from the University of Tennessee, worked hard to find a home for her literature review arguing for the use of narrative inquiry to understand the psychosocial aspects of the diabetes experience. I greatly enjoyed helping her develop and revise what was initially a course assignment into this published piece, now out in the PLAID (People Living with And Inspired by Diabetes). The full article is available here.

Narrative inquiry in diabetes research: Illuminating the psychosocial aspects of diabetes

Applying CA methods to online talk

We’ve been working on this paper for a few years now, having presented our initial findings at several MOOD events. I’m very pleased to see it in press. It builds on the earlier paper co-written by the MOOD organizing team and sets the stage for researchers who want to apply conversation analysis methods to various forms of online talk. We focused specifically on text-based talk, so a logical extension of this work would be to explore how CA is being used in multi-modal environments.

A visit with the past

I had the opportunity this week to participate in an “IST Alumni Q&A” with Dr. Curtis J. Bonk from Indiana University, my Ph.D. alma mater. I enjoyed meeting two current graduate students who are interested in data analysis software and the analysis of online conversations. The discussion took place in Zoom and will be made available for students to watch as they are able.


It was a good chance to reflect on how my education in instructional systems and instructional design has impacted the work I do now in at the intersection of qualitative research and new technologies. Many thanks to Dr. Bonk for the invitation!

Twitter as a community of practice

Happy to announce the publication of Ginny Britt’s dissertation research in a special issue of the American Journal of Distance Education.

If you are quick, you can access a copy of the article here.

“Beyond the Four Walls of My Building”: A Case Study of #Edchat as a Community of Practice

Although Twitter and other social media sites have grown in popularity with educators, we still do not know what is happening within this online space or how it supports teachers. The purpose of this case study of #Edchat, a group of educators who meet weekly on Twitter, was to investigate informal professional development through the lens of communities of practice theory. Chat observations, participant interviews, and archival documents were analyzed. #Edchat reflected some aspects of a community of practice, including overlap in the description of who belongs, sustained mutual relationships, absences of introductory preamble in the conversations, quick setup of a problem to be discussed, and a rapid flow of information. The authors explore how these indicators overlap with best practices in professional development and recommend that administrators learn from what is happening in social media spaces as they work toward supporting teacher learning.

IIQM Master Class Series

We had 360 people register for yesterday’s Digital Tools in Qualitative Research Master Class Webinar sponsored by the International Institute for Qualitative Methodologies and ATLAS.ti. Unfortunately the system isn’t set up to handle more than 100 participants, but a recording is now available here on the YouTube channel. Many thanks for the invitation to participate and for everyone who turned out.