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Making digital tools sexier

Making digital tools sexier
By Nicholas Woolf on Jun 16, 2016 at 01:20 PM in CAQDAS commentary

Digital tools for qualitative data analysis are powerful and sexy, but does everyone know? And what can we / should we do about it...here are some musings from some recent conference experiences.

Who would travel half way across a continent to a conference with less than 30 participants? Christina and I were recently at the ICQI 2016 conference in Champaign at the University of Illinois. Norm Denzin, the founder and organizer of ICQI, told me 1,305 qualitative researchers attended this year...

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Articulating the 'bleeding obvious'

Articulating the 'bleeding obvious'
By Christina Silver on Jun 02, 2016 at 07:20 AM in Five-Level QDA issues & ideas

Nick emphasized in his first blog post that 5LQDA is not a new or different way of doing qualitative data analysis but a method of teaching how experienced CAQDAS users unconsciously harness their chosen software. This is a critical point that I want to bring to life by sharing an eye-opening conversation with Dr. Michelle Salmona of the Institute for Mixed Methods Research.

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What is Five-Level QDA all about?

What is Five-Level QDA all about?
By Nicholas Woolf on May 18, 2016 at 07:30 PM in Five-Level QDA issues & ideas

You may be wondering what Five-Level QDA is all about. Perhaps you're thinking it's a new qualitative data analysis (QDA) approach, like discourse analysis, grounded theory or thematic analysis. It's not. Here in a nutshell is what it's all about.

TOOLS AND MINDSETS

Those of us who do QDA, whatever approach we use, all have to choose how to go about it, how to get the thoughts we have when we read data out of our heads and on to, what? Paper, a whiteboard, a set of index cards? Not likely anymore. Almost everyone uses a computer in some way, which is just another kind of tool, like highlighter pens, or scissors to cut up interview transcripts. But

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