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Qualitative researchers can now connect with participants online to collect deep, rich data and generate new understandings of contemporary research phenomena. Doing Qualitative Research Online gives students and researchers the practical and scholarly foundations needed to gain digital research literacies essential for designing and conducting studies based on qualitative data collected online. The book will take a broad view of methodologies, methods and ethics, covering:
Ethical issues in research design and ethical relationships with participants
Designing online qualitative studies
Collecting qualitative data online through interviews, observations, participatory and arts-based research and a wide range of posts and documents.
Analyzing data and reporting findings
Written by a scholar-practitioner in e-learning and online academia with 15 years' experience, this book will help all those new to online research by providing a range of examples and illustrations from published research. The text and accompanying materials will offer discussion and assignment ideas for ease of adoption.
Janet Salmons is an independent researcher, writer and consultant through her company,Vision2Lead, Inc.. Dr. Salmons wrote Doing Qualitative Research Online, Qualitative Online interviews, Online Interviews in Real Time (2010) and edited the Cases in Online Interview Research (2012) for SAGE Publications, as well as numerous articles and book chapters. Dr. Salmons has extensive experience teaching, mentoring, and facilitating online. She previously served on the graduate faculty of the Capella University School of Business, and was honored with the Harold Abel Distinguished Faculty Award for 2011-2012 and the Steven Shank Recognition for Teaching in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Dr. Salmons received a B.S. in Adult and Community Education from Cornell University; an M.A. in Social Policy Studies from Empire State College, a distance-learning institution in the SUNY system; and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies (meshing educational, technology, and leadership studies) at the Union Institute and University. She lives and works in Boulder, Colorado. Dr. Salmons is a writer and Methods Guru for SAGE MethodSpace.
Chapter 1: Using Qualitative Approaches for Research in a Data-Intensive World SECTION I: DESIGNING ONLINE QUALITATIVE STUDIES Chapter 2: Choosing Methodologies and Methods for Online Studies Chapter 3: Choosing Information and Communications Technologies for Online Studies SECTION II: BECOMING AN ETHICAL ONLINE RESEARCHER Chapter 4: Designing an Ethical Online Study Chapter 5: Conducting an Ethical Online Study SECTION III: COLLECTING QUALITATIVE DATA ONLINE Chapter 6: Preparing to Collect Data Online Chapter 7: Collecting Extant Data Online Chapter 8: Eliciting Data Online Chapter 9: Using Enacted Methods Online SECTION IV: ANALYZING DATA AND REPORTING FINDINGS Chapter 10: Organizing, Analyzing and Interpreting Findings Chapter 11: Writing, Reporting and Contributing to the Literature