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Issues and challenges in learning atla sti among graduate students

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Issues and challenges in learning atla sti among graduate students

  1. 1. Issues and challenges in learning ATLAS.ti among graduate studentsRusyaizila Ramli, Nasriah Zakaria, Nursakirah Abdul Rahman, LeeHeng Wei, Nor Athiyah Abdulah, Nurakmar Hamid School of Computer Sciences , Universiti Sains Malaysia Penang.Malaysia Computer- aided qualitative research 2011
  2. 2. Presentation Outline Objectives The training Data collection : interview Training evaluation Challenges Discussion and lesson learned Conclusions Discussing the challenges students face when analyzing multi-media data Computer- aided qualitative research 2011
  3. 3. Previous training lessonlearned Time limitation during workshop gives an impact towards participants’ understanding ATLAS.ti: The level of knowledge To give a better understanding how ATLAS.ti would help participants in analyzing their data Computer- aided qualitative research 2011
  4. 4. Objectives To provide an intensive ATLAS.ti training to postgraduate students on qualitative data analysis and ATLAS.ti To share the knowledge of using ATLAS.ti as a tool for analyzing qualitative data To provide in-class training on ATLAS.ti instead of just referring to manual Better understanding ATLAS.ti Computer- aided qualitative research 2011
  5. 5. The trainingTo improve previous training, we did 3 major improvement on: Number of participants: Less number of participants(from 19 participants to 10 participants) Training time duration Increase the training time duration(from 2 hours training to 5 hours training) Conducted hands-on session using real data upload transcription on each PC Computer- aided qualitative research 2011
  6. 6. The training(time management) Computer- aided qualitative research 2011
  7. 7. The training (Advertisingprocess) Sent email invitation to all postgraduates students in School of Computer Sciences, USM Received feedbacks from 17 students in 3 days (showed good responses among graduate students: students are interested) Computer- aided qualitative research 2011
  8. 8. The training (Setup) Reserved a computer laboratory with 15 computers Installed ATLAS.ti 6 free trial version from Atlas website Uploaded sample data to all computers for hands-on session Printed our internal-use manual Computer- aided qualitative research 2011
  9. 9. The training (Trainers) 2 trainers: A masters student who currently is using ATLAS.ti in his research A mixed-mode masters student who has completed her study Using ATLAS.ti in analyzing her data Using her data as sample data for better understanding among participants Student to students basis Sharing basis Improve in delivery compared to last years training Improve in content presentation to cater students need (based on the feedback) Computer- aided qualitative research 2011
  10. 10. The training (Content)Hands –on session using a real-life research data : Explain the scope of the research Explain the rational of the data To give better understanding about the data and how to analyze the data using ATLAS.ti Teach participants to use the data to: Create codes Create memos Create family Create networks Computer- aided qualitative research 2011
  11. 11. Training Evaluation To understand the learning aspects of the ATLAS.ti training from the participants Each participant was given 30 minutes to fill in the evaluation form Computer- aided qualitative research 2011
  12. 12. Training evaluation Overall knowledge level after training Only 2 participants rated the workshop below satisfaction: "Fair because presentation wise not really clear and wasting a lot of time. Should improve on training skills, English and activity in class" "In my opinion, Ive just learn some basic usage from the program. This is due to the interview transcript that does not involve my research. In order to learn deeply, I feel that we must do hands on on the interview script that involve each students own research because we will understand the concept and the usefulness of the program clearly" Computer- aided qualitative research 2011
  13. 13. Training evaluation Knowledge on ATLAS.ti All participants mentioned that they have learned basic knowledge on using ATLAS.ti "about ATLAS.ti, which is good, first software that i know on how to analyze qualitative data rather than doing manual analysis" "I have learned about how to use ATLAS.ti, use menu quotations, codes, memos and networks. I also learned how to quote, make families, make relationship between quotation and how to import quotation in MS words." Computer- aided qualitative research 2011
  14. 14. Training evaluation Usefulness of ATLAS.ti for research All participants want to use ATLAS.ti in their research "use it for my research and also for future studies" 2 out of 10 participants want to manage his literature review using ATLAS.ti "Yes. I will do ATLAS.ti software to analyze my data for interview" "Define my literature background" Computer- aided qualitative research 2011
  15. 15. Training evaluation Perception towards step by step training All participants agreed that they can follow step by step instruction by the trainers "yes, it is easy to follow" "this software is easy to understand. I can follow the instruction on this course " Computer- aided qualitative research 2011
  16. 16. Training evaluation Issues and challenges faced by the participants: 3 out of 10 participants said there is no issues or challenges 4 out of 10 participants said it is difficult to identify data, theme and to quotes in qualitative data analysis "on categories the exact & suitable themes, codes. It needs in depth understanding on the transcript & the research focus as well as target users" "not really but I think important for researcher to identify proper codes & themes to follow" "to identify important data or quotes " Computer- aided qualitative research 2011
  17. 17. Training evaluation (PROs) Participants are based on voluntarily. Easy to cooperate during workshop as they are interested in learning Participants are computer literate students Longer time : details explanation Less participants give better interaction between trainers and participants during workshop Using real data giving participants better overview on how ATLAS.ti would be helpful tool Computer- aided qualitative research 2011
  18. 18. The challenges Participants have no background on qualitative analysis research hence less exposure on qualitative data analysis. Difficult to understand on qualitative data analysis It is hard to convince the participants that ATLAS.ti can help them in analyzing their qualitative data (because of the student study background more on quantitative analysis) During hands-on session, training is delayed sometimes to cater students need Even the time has been prolonged, participants are getting tired at the end of the course hence their attention towards the training; reduced Computer- aided qualitative research 2011
  19. 19. The challenges Participants need more time to absorb the qualitative data analysis and ATLAS.ti knowledge even though we have provided real data for the hands-on session In future, it is better if participants can bring their own data to really understand how ATLAS.ti can be useful Participants cannot afford to buy the product license hence giving them a second thought on using ATLAS.ti or not Computer- aided qualitative research 2011
  20. 20. Overcome the challenges Make it as yearly workshop Make early advertisement hence participants can bring their own data Computer- aided qualitative research 2011
  21. 21. Challenges students face whenanalyzing multi-media data All of the participants do not have prior knowledge on ATLAS.ti capability in analyzing qualitative data Navigation on a long video will be difficult hence affects our coding process Not all multimedia format is compatible. So need to convert the data or depends on the CODEC available in the computer (.avi and .wav are compatible) Computer- aided qualitative research 2011
  22. 22. Conclusion This training shows that time and number of participants give a huge impact towards the successful of ATLAS.ti training The training gives a better exposure to participants on qualitative analysis and using the tool It can be a yearly event to share the knowledge of using ATLAS.ti among graduate students in USM Computer- aided qualitative research 2011
  23. 23. Useful links on ATLAS.ti Youtube videos on ATLAS.ti Personal blog on ATLAS.ti ATLAS.ti manual Computer- aided qualitative research 2011
  24. 24. THANK YOU Q&A
  25. 25. Presented at the Asia-Pacific conference on Computer-Aided Qualitative Research 24 & 25 Feb 2011, Macau SARFor more information about our upcoming conferences Please visit: http://www.merlien.org Computer- aided qualitative research 2011

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