International Institute for Qualitative Methodology

Master Class Webinar Series

In these free, one-hour sessions, researchers will present their latest work, discuss key issues with you online, and exchange ideas and experiences with you. The colloquium is for all disciplines interested in qualitative research and for experts and novices alike. Each month a different qualitative voice will share and engage in discourse with attendees from all around the world. 

2019 Webinar Schedule

Trena Paulus & Alyssa Wise - Looking for Insight, Transformation, and Learning in Online Talk: Methods for Analyzing Online Conversations

September 24, 2019 at 1pm MDT (3pm EDT)

People have been talking together online now for nearly four decades. While the phenomenon has many names and forms, including social media, discussion forums, and computer-mediated communication, the core activity of people engaging in digital conversations continues to grow as way we connect and interact with others. Research into what happens in these spaces has a long history across many disciplines, but little attention has been paid to ensuring the methodological practices needed to produce trustworthy and valid findings that answer important research questions. In this webinar, Dr. Trena Paulus and Dr. Alyssa Wise share the framework from their recent book, Looking for Insight, Transformation and Learning in Online Talk (Routledge, 2019), developed to guide scholars in their studies of online conversations. In doing so, they present a series of clear design decisions to help researchers frame their object of interest, unpack underlying assumptions, ethically extract and organize data for analysis, and apply rigorous qualitative, quantitative, and computational methods to answer their research questions.

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Kathleen deMarrais and Kathryn Roulston - Exploring the archives for qualitative research studies

October 17, 2019 at 1pm MDT (3pm EDT)

When qualitative researchers design studies, they typically plan to generate new data sources through some combination of participant observation, audio- and/or video recording, open-ended surveys or interviewing. It is less common for qualitative researchers to use archival data housed in special collections as primary sources. These special collections archive a wide array of materials – including film and video, documents, and artifacts of material culture. In this presentation, we review the variety of collections available, as well as the preparation required for visits to special collections, how researchers explore sources, and how research questions might be developed through interaction with archival sources. Whereas qualitative researchers typically begin studies having fully formulated research questions, developing research questions using special collections follows a more serendipitous route, in which researchers follow leads in the data sources. We conclude by providing examples of topics that qualitative researchers have explored using archival collections.

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Julie-Ann Scott - Performance, Documentary and Embodied Qualitative Inquiry

November 21, 2019 at time TBC

This Webinar will map the complexity of enacting devised performance, performance, narrative, autoethnography, critical ethnography, and applied learning approaches to share data surrounding atypical and stigmatized embodiment to both academic and general audiences. The presenter will provide background on the methodology, guide the audience through a series of questions surrounding methodological, aesthetic, pedagogical and advocacy for/with marginalized embodiments, provide examples for analysis, and distribute materials to support future project designs.


Jennifer R. Wolgemuth - Whats, Hows, and Whys of Qualitative Systematic Reviews

December 4, 2019 at time TBC 

Researchers conduct systematic reviews to bring together findings from research literature on a particular topic of interest. Unlike narrative reviews of literature, systematic reviews are empirical projects that include collecting, appraising, analyzing, and synthesizing evidence from quantitative, qualitative, and/or mixed-methods studies. Qualitative systematic reviews synthesize findings of qualitative research. Particularly in health and education fields, qualitative researchers increasingly develop and conduct qualitative systematic reviews to understand, explore, and gain new insights into the perspectives and contexts of people’s experiences. The purpose of this webinar is to introduce the whats, hows, and whys of qualitative systematic reviews. Drawing on examples from published qualitative systematic reviews, we will explore and compare different aims and types of qualitative systematic reviews, general steps involved in conducting them, and issues qualitative systematic reviewers often deliberate before, during, and after conducting their reviews. Webinar attendees should gain a clear sense of why and how qualitative systematic reviews are conducted and helpful (re)sources to support designing and conducting of their own qualitative systematic review projects.

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