CIRTLCast: Digging Deeper - A Focus on Research Using Qualitative Design

Repeats every week every Thursday 3 times.
May 3, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
May 10, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
May 17, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Competencies: Teaching Responsible Conduct of Research
Contact Name: Colleen McLinn, CU-CIRTL Director
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Understand the fundamentals of qualitative research and how it differs from quantitative research. Events will focus on three key elements of qualitative research: why it matters, how to design a qualitative research project, and how to incorporate observational data into your work. Learn more

Seminar Events

Why do a Qualitative Study?

  • Thursday, May 3, 2018, 2-3pm ET
  • Explore the fundamental differences between qualitative orientations and more common research designs in STEM. Learn about the theoretical foundations behind qualitative research, and come away with a greater understanding for how and why qualitative research looks and feels different. 

Flexible Design and the Rigor Needed

  • Thursday, May 10, 2018, 2-3pm ET
  • Learn why qualitative research is called “flexible” design, why flexibility is needed in qualitative research, and what research rigor looks like in a qualitative context. Understand what it takes to design a qualitative inquiry question and a qualitative research project, and learn the difference between research rigor in quantitative versus qualitative designs.

Becoming Sherlock: How To Master the Art of Observational Data

  • Thursday, May 17, 2018, 2-3pm ET
  • Dig into the tool that is at the heart of qualitative research: the observation. Building off of our previous discussion of research rigor, we will discuss how observational data can add a richness to your research, and participants will learn the basics of observational data collection. Participants will take part in a brief observation exercise and practice the art of taking field notes. 
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