EDUC 7620, Learning Community of Practice
Course Instructors: Phyllis Balcerzak, Theresa Coble, Thomasina Hassler, Carl Hoagland, Timothy Makubuya, Keith Miller
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Tools Needed – Instruments Used – for Interviewing and Research Collection
April 5, 2017 at 6:24 pm #1413
During tonight’s class (4/5/2017) we spoke about the IRB (institutional review board) process and what tools folks are thinking of using for conducting interviews. The goal of this blog is to start a discussion on best practices for data collection. I also plan on reaching out to Dr. Natalie Bolton and Dr. Ruth Schumacher Martinez to see what they recommend.
April 5, 2017 at 6:27 pm #1414
One example with both (mixed methods) is the use of electronic surveys through qualtrics (because easier to evaluate the data), a recorder for the interviews, and then using a resource to transcribe the interviews.
April 6, 2017 at 5:55 am #1417
Thanks, Amanda, for starting this post. Does anyone have suggestions for a resource to transcribe? And, I got that there could be security issues of using your voice recorder on your phone, but I didn’t fully understand. Anyone able to share insight on why using your phone might pose a security risk?
April 6, 2017 at 11:38 am #1418
It is important that any recordings be stored securely to protect the confidentiality of the subject. Your phone is not considered a safe place to store recordings. A separate recorder that is stored in a secure place when not in use is preferable.
April 9, 2017 at 12:38 pm #1421
I am sorry that I missed this conversation online. Are we planning to record our interviews of Heritage Leaders for the assignment coming up? Or are we just looking for a summary?
If the interviews need to be recorded for data coding, I’m wondering if anyone else is planning to interview their subjects <span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>by phone?</span> I may not be able to get to location until the end of the month or later.
April 12, 2017 at 5:12 am #1422
Good point. I have to do an e-interview (probably by email, ouch) because the person that I am interviewing is in New Orleans. I plan on having an in-person interview when I am home for the summer. Any thoughts or suggestions on how to best approach this electronically?
April 15, 2017 at 9:19 am #1426
Hey, JC…has the word spread to you yet that we are NOT doing interviews at this time? In class on Wednesday it was decided to hold off and get IRB approval so we can collect and publish our interviews. You can take this assignment off of your list!!
April 16, 2017 at 8:22 pm #1427
Thanks for the update! I had not heard that, either. With the blips in our connectivity, it’s challenging to stay caught up on details that only get mentioned once online. I look forward to learning more about this activity.
April 17, 2017 at 10:11 am #1428
OK, now I’m paranoid….am I the only one who understood that we were putting off the interviews until we could get IRB approval to gather them and publish our results?
April 18, 2017 at 7:26 am #1429
You are correct, Tom. We are not to do the interviews, we are going to work through the process this summer to get approval and then publish our interviews. For anyone wanting to hear that conversation, you can go to the recording of the second half of class on April 12 and listen – though, I know that’s not convenient.
I think it’s a good point that we need to re-center and find a way to communicate between the two periods of classes and the optional hour and half discussions. Does anyone have any suggestions? Maybe a person each week takes on the responsibility of taking notes of important announcements and posting here? Or somewhere?
April 12, 2017 at 7:04 pm #1424
Here’s that phone adapter I mentioned, or at least something like what he suggested: https://www.amazon.com/TRX-20-Direct-Connect-Telephone-ADAPTER/dp/B000KL0XA6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1492043730&sr=8-1&keywords=phone+recorder+adapter
Also, when I’ve recorded for our poetry trail in the park I’ve used one of these: https://www.amazon.com/TRX-20-Direct-Connect-Telephone-ADAPTER/dp/B000KL0XA6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1492043730&sr=8-1&keywords=phone+recorder+adapter
I’ve used Sony Sound Forge software to cleanup the sound quality if necessary.
Also, a Mic like this:
- This reply was modified 1 year, 8 months ago by Tom Moffatt.
April 19, 2017 at 5:24 pm #1430
This is the body of the e-mail I sent to Natalie and Ruth..
Natalie and Ruth,
I wanted to reach out as it relates to gathering, collecting, and analyzing data.
1. Gathering/collecting data/information, I wanted to purchase a recorder for my interviews, but wanted to see if there was a tool or best practice. I bought this up tonight during our class and some folks said they planned on using their phones. From what I understand part of the IRB process is having a secure system this includes how you gather information along with storing files. What recorder or instrument to record interviews would you recommend?
2. On-line surveys for electronic collection vs. hardcopy. I have a colleague that used qualtrics (easier to evaluate the data). For the interviews they had a recorder and then they used a transcriber. Do you recommendations for best practices for on-line surveys or collection?
3. Analyzing – transcribing or certain software? Again I have hear that qualtrics is an good tool, because of the easier evaluation, but what are your thoughts.
One of the recommendations we thought of was creating a blog post about this discussion.
I have done that to start the conversation with classmates
I will also post their responses… Sorry for the delay.
April 19, 2017 at 5:25 pm #1431
Hi Amanda, thank you for the questions. I will let Ruth chime in on the qualitative data collection and analysis using interviews since that is her background.
Depending on the sample (developmental appropriateness) and their access to technology, I would recommend on-line and using Qualtrics for survey research. Even if you are present for the survey administration, I recommend on-line mostly because it reduces time and data entry error. If you don’t have access to technology, I also recommend still building your survey in Qualtrics and entering the hard copy data that you collected in Qualtrics. Qualtrics is very compatible with Excel and SPSS (see next section) and offers nice features to download entered data into either format (Excel or SPSS).
For analysis, it depends on what you will do. For descriptive statistics Qualtrics is ok but does not allow you to easily clean your data if needed within the system. For inferential statistics, I use SPSS and it is free to UMSL students. Data analysis with a quantitative focus will be an upcoming course in the program where Qualtrics and SPSS are taught and used. In some cases Excel can be used for some inferential statistics. The university is particular about the survey system you use and needs to be reported when submitting your IRB. Qualtrics is currently accepted by UMSL IRB. Google Forms and Survey Monkey currently are not excepted by UMSL IRB. I will note though, since UMSL moved to using Google with our UMSL email accounts, I don’t know if the university IRB decision has changed to also ok use of Google Forms for IRB.
Depending on the purpose of why the learning community is having the conversation now might help inform me if a blog or being present for a course discussion is the best next step. Hope this helps!
April 19, 2017 at 5:26 pm #1432
April 6, 2017
Yes, IRB will want you to secure your taped recordings. I always use an audio recorder for my focus groups and interviews (not a phone). I have the transcriptions password protected as well.
I am a stickler in qual that the researcher is a valuable instrument in the process so I collect data, transcribe, and analyze manually. It gets me closer to the data and allows for a rich process in understanding the depth of the information I have obtained.
I hope this is helpful, Amanda. I’m so glad you are asking these questions to ensure you are taking your responsibility seriously as a researcher–thank you for being so sensitive.
Ruth Schumacher-Martinez, Ph.D., NCSP
April 19, 2017 at 5:44 pm #1433
Feedback from Doug during discussion 4/19/2017
Blackboard Collaborate records video, audio and text and the file is located only on UMSL servers requiring a few hoops to access. It can be made so only those with permission can access. Would this meet any criteria for safe guarding and securing recordings? Might make for richer interview process for interviewing when not face to face.
He plans on following up with Natalie and Ruth.
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