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 semi-structured 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 Sydney School 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. In 2019 this will be offered at the end of Semester 2.


Introduction to computer-assisted data analysis (CAD): handling data with NVivo 12 Plus, 2019


  Session 1 Session 2 Session 3
Time & date

9am–1pm
Monday,
July 15

9am–1pm
Wednesday,
July 17

9am–1pm
Friday,
July 19

The registrations are now closed. The class is full.


In 2019 we are only able to offer this program twice, and only for staff and students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Participants who have not previously enrolled in an NVivo workshop with the school will be given priority of placement. Participants are expected to attend all three sessions. The last hour of each session is allocated for participants' individual practice and questions
(attendance is optional).

Venue: will be advised upon registrationspacespacespacespaceFacilitator: Dr Josephine Fleming

To cancel your registration, please contact the facilitator as soon as possible by emailing the facilitator; there is usually a waiting list.

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. The workshop also explores ways NVivo tools can support the development of the literature review.

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 using a range of coding techniques including descriptive, topical and analytical coding, inductive and deductive approaches. 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 how to explore patterns in their data via a range of simple and complex queries as well as learning tools to assist in data management. Participants will be introduced to the concepts that underpin Nvivo’s classifications system, which will be explored further in the Advanced class towards the end of Semester 2.

Students are expected to attend all three sessions with the group to which they registered.

Prerequisites

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

Data and software

An exemplary NVivo 12 Plus dataset will be provided for demonstrating and trying new techniques during the workshop. Participants strongly are encouraged to bring their own data for individual work. Participants might also like to bring a copy of their research proposal if completed and a small sample of literature (PDF).

NVivo version 12 Plus for Windows is used during the workshop. Assistance for NVivo 12 Mac will be given where possible, however students are encouraged to use the PC version. NVivo can be downloaded from the student IT website. If you have any software-related enquiries, contact the ICT Helpdesk on 9351 6000 or ict.support@sydney.edu.au.



Advanced techniques of CAQDAS: exploring qualitative data with NVivo 12 Plus


(This one 4-hour workshop will be offered in November. The date will be confirmed later in the year.)

The 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 12 Plus, 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.

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


Venue: will be advised upon registrationspacespacespacespace Facilitator: Dr Josephine Fleming

Registration: The classes are open to higher degree research candidates and staff in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work and other divisions within the Faculty of Arts 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.

Prerequistes

The session is designed for intermediate and advanced users of NVivo. Students can come to this class immediately after the introductory NVivo workshop or join this session separately.

Data and software

An exemplary NVivo 12 Plus 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 12 Plus for Windows is used during the workshop. NVivo can be downloaded from the student IT 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.