NVivo training: workshops in computer-assisted data analysis

Qualitative researchers conduct projects that require analysis and interpretation of different unstructured and semistructured datasets, such as observations of how people behave and interact in various settings, focus groups, open and semistructured interviews, field notes, documents and other rich qualitative data sets. Rigorous scholarly exploration of such datasets requires not only mastery of the analytical techniques that underpin different approaches of qualitative inquiry, but also mastery of analytical tools that support systematic, systemic and transparent data analysis and interpretation process.

The Faculty of Education and Social Work provides free training in computer-assisted data analysis using NVivo. The program for researchers who are new to the software is titled "Introduction to computer-assisted data analysis: handling data with NVivo". It comprises three four-hour sessions, , scheduled over three days.

Intermediate and experienced users of NVivo – including students who have completed the introductory program – are invited to register for "Advanced techniques of computer-assisted data analysis: exploring qualitative data with NVivo", a single four-hour workshop scheduled after the introductory program.


Introduction to computer-assisted data analysis (CAD): handling data with NVivo


  Session 1 Session 2 Session 3
Group 1/
Timeslot 1

10am–2pm
Wednesday, June 1

10am–2pm
Monday, June 6

10am–2pm
Wednesday, June 8

Group 2/
Timeslot 2

2.30–6.30pm
Wednesday, June 1

2.30–6.30pm
Monday, June 6

2.30–6.30pm
Wednesday, June 8

Group 3/
Timeslot 3

10am–2pm
Friday, June 3

10am–2pm
Tuesday, June 7

10am–2pm
Thursday, June 9



Due to high demand for this training, this program will be offered to three groups, each allocated a specific timeslot. Students are expected to attend all three sessions with the group to which they registered. The last hour of each session is allocated for students' individual practice and questions (attendance is optional).


Venue: Computer Lab 229, Education Building A35            Facilitator: Associate Professor Lina Markauskaite

Registration: The classes are open to higher degree research candidates and staff in the Faculty of Education and Social Work and other faculties in the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences. To register for the workshop, complete the online form. Places are limited. Early registration is essential to secure a place. Your place will be confirmed by email in 5–7 days after registration. To cancel your registration, please contact facilitator as soon as possible by emailing the facilitator; there is usually a waiting list.

NOTE: NVivo workshops will not be offered in Semester 2, 2016. Please attend now.

Workshop summary

This hands-on workshop aims to provide participants with foundational knowledge to start their own NVivo research project and sufficient competences to learn more advanced techniques of computer-assisted text, video, audio and other data analysis independently. Each session consists of the introduction to general qualitative data handling and analysis principles mixed with participants’ hands on work trying these techniques in NVivo. A list of self-learning resources for follow-up learning of new computer-assisted data handling and analysis techniques will be provided.

The introductory workshop will cover the following core topics:

  • Session 1: Participants will learn to setup a new project, prepare and handle documents in NVivo and annotate texts.
  • Session 2: Participants will be introduced to coding. They will learn key principles of text coding and will be introduced to some multimodal data handling and coding techniques, including images, video and audio.
  • Session 3: Participants will learn a range of coding techniques, including descriptive, topical and analytical coding, inductive and deductive approaches.

Prerequisites

  • General familiarity with qualitative data analysis techniques
  • Good word processing skills and general ICT skills

Data and software

An exemplary NVivo dataset will be provided for demonstrating and trying new techniques during the workshop. Participants are encouraged to bring their own data for individual work.

NVivo version 10 for Windows is used during the workshop. NVivo software can be downloaded from the University’s ICT software website. If you have any software-related enquiries, contact the ICT Helpdesk on 9351 6000 or ict.support@sydney.edu.au.



Advanced techniques of CAD: exploring qualitative data with NVivo


  Session time
Group 1/
Timeslot 1

2.30–6.30pm
Thursday, June 9

Group 2/
Timeslot 2

11–3pm
Friday, June 10



This follow-up session of computer-assisted data analysis will focus on case analysis and core data querying techniques. It will cover key aspects of case management in NVivo, including how to define attributes, work with casebooks, and how to work with cases. Most of the workshop time will be allocated for different techniques for exploring patterns in qualitative data. Participants will explore standard NVivo examples and create their own cases, queries and matrices.

Due to high demand for this training, this program will be offered to two groups, each allocated a specific timeslot (see above). The last hour of each session is allocated for students' individual practice and questions (attendance is optional).

Venue: Computer Lab 229, Education Building A35            Facilitator: Associate Professor Lina Markauskaite

Registration: The classes are open to higher degree research candidates and staff in the Faculty of Education and Social Work and other faculties in the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences. To register for the workshop, complete the online form. Places are limited. Early registration is essential to secure a place. Your place will be confirmed by email in 5–7 days after registration. To cancel your registration, please email the facilitator as soon as possible; there is usually a waiting list.

NOTE: NVivo workshops will not be offered in Semester 2, 2016. Please attend now.

Prerequistes

The session is designed for intermediate and advanced users of NVivo. Students can come to this class immediately after the introductory NVivo workshop but must register for both worskhops on the online enrolment form. Alternatively, students may register independently of the introductory course.

Data and software

An exemplary NVivo dataset will be provided for demonstrating and trying new techniques during the workshop. Participants who have their own coded data are encouraged to bring their NVivo project to the workshop.

NVivo version 10 for Windows is used during the workshop. NVivo software can be downloaded from the University’s ICT software website. If you have any software-related enquiries, contact the ICT Helpdesk on 9351 6000 or ict.support@sydney.edu.au.



Enquiries

Any enquires please contact the Research Student Liaison Officer.