As everyone trickles back in to the library this semester, take some time to walk towards the Van Pelt Collaborative Classroom (right before the WIC entrance, to the right) to see Dr. Rosemary Frasso’s graduate students’ research exhibitLife with TechnologyAmong University of Pennsylvania Students. Dr. Frasso’s previous research exhibits include Pressure Release and Fear and Safety at Penn. I took some time this week to make my way through the exhibit and found it interesting to see how Penn students are understanding technology’s role in their lives. Here at WIC we post about tech frequently, and this past year alone we’ve discussed new ways of using social media tools, using apps for productivity and travel, and our experiences with 3d printing. Life with Technology takes a more in-depth look into the complicated ways students’ lives intersect with technology that can be both useful and intrusive. The exhibit is organized into thematic categories: Changing Times, Dependence, Disconnected, Efficiency, Health, Multitasking. Privacy, Social Connections, Ubiquitous, Unplugged, and Work and Education.
In order to decide on a topic, students used Nominal Group Technique (NGT) in order to come to a consensus representative of the group’s preferences. Interviews were then conducted using photo elicitation (first named by photographer and researcher John Collier in 1957) in which a qualitative interview is guided by photographs taken by study participants. Each student recruited one participant, an undergraduate or graduate student from Penn, and explained the study to them. The topic of the project was explained and participants were asked to “define and explore the meaning of ‘life with technology’ over the course of one week using their phones to document their exploration.” Ultimately, the research team decided together on which images and quotes to use in the exhibit and how these pieces fit into categories. Some memorable images include dried cranberries, Penn classrooms, a kitchen stove, and selfies.
From here, students will use NVivo 10 software for thematic analysis, and members of the research team will then identify salient themes, summarize findings, prepare an abstract for presentation, and a manuscript for publication. The exhibit is beautiful and engaging, so please come by and check it out at the Van Pelt Collaborative Classroom.
If you are interested in using NVivo software, consider joining our NVivo User Group which meets monthly with a guest presenter for each session.
Thanks to our awesome public computing support department, all the computers in Weigle and the Goldstein Electronic Classroom can once again run NVivo beautifully! Software glitches are fixed, our machines have solid-state drives that boot up faster and our network is now at 1Gig Ethernet. So come on back, and bring your friends with you!
Our NVivo User Group is off to a great start with more than 60 people on our listserv and a Canvas course for sharing databases and questions. All four sessions to date had strong attendance and handouts are posted online.
Our next NVivo Basics class will be on January 27, and our next NVivo User Group meeting on February 1 will focus on query design facilitated by Ebony Easley. We plan time for “ask an expert” consultations, so bring your team and your NVivo files along with you. On your way in, you can admire the latest student work exhibit by Rosie Frasso‘s class on how technology is changing our lives; the students used NVivo to analyze their interviews.
As part of our Engaging Students Through Technology series, we’re glad to announce Lightning Round 2015 on April 22, 10:30 am to noon, upstairs in the Kislak Center. Join us to explore creative ideas to engage students in a fast-paced format. Each presenter will share a favorite technology tool or idea with a three-minute time limit enforced by our gong. The event is designed for faculty, graduate students and staff with interest in educational technology. Videos will be shared afterwards on the Penn Libraries YouTube Channel.
Our presenters will need to talk fast! Maybe a chat with a friendly CWiC advisor will help shave a few seconds here and there. We have seven presentations confirmed to date – on NVivo, Storify, Palladio, E-Draw, 3D printing (two types) and Scholarly Commons. We hope to include up to twenty topics – so please step up if you have an idea to share!
Demand for NVivo has grown quite a bit in recent years. We find it is a great tool for analyzing video and audio interviews, surveys, journal articles and even tweets. We first wrote about NVivo in 2012, and our lit review post from 2013 is in the top-five list with over 2,000 views. In 2014, we wrote about Charlene Wong’s research and Rosie Frasso’s teaching with NVivo. Lately, we receive requests each week for NVivo training, and then we really miss Shimrit Keddem, our former presenter who created our wonderful NVivo guide.
We’re glad to announce that staff from QSR International, the makers of NVivo, will present a NVivo for Literature Reviews webinar just for Penn on February 19 – register now!
QSR will also hold a two-day fee-based hands-on workshop here at Penn on March 9 and 10. Since Penn Libraries is hosting the workshop, QSR has provided a few complimentary seats. (To be considered for one of them, please complete our online form.)
“Any spare easels?” Samantha Barry‘s email brought me the news of a poster exhibit on the porch, the glass-walled space near the entrance to WIC that winds into our new Collaborative Classroom. A few days later, I spent a wonderful half-hour browsing Pressure, an exhibit created by social work and public health students in Rosie Frasso‘s qualitative research course this semester (visual design by Laruen Hallden-Abberton).
As I walked around the exhibit, I noted comments about how your phone can trigger pressure points. Recent PennWIC posts about manatees and fishing have highlighted how your phone can help you cope with stress. In contrast, the Pressure exhibit includes descriptions of how a text message triggers stress, and how trying to relax can in itself feel like pressure. By capturing campus perspectives, and describing the many ways we experience pressure at Penn, this exhibit may help us all exhale, relax at least for a few moments and gain a better understanding of the graduate student experience.
When I visited Rosie’s class, SW781 Qualitative Research, the students described how they used different qualitative techniques during each step of the process.
This guest post was written by Rebecca Stuhr, Coordinator for Humanities Collections at Penn Libraries, with assistance from Dot Porter, Caitlin Shanley, and other collaborators in the workshop series.
This summer the Libraries are offering the first four sessions in a new set of workshops in the Digital Humanities Series. These follow several tools-based workshops offered by Mitch Fraas over the past year and will dovetail with workshops offered by Penn’s Digital Humanities Forum beginning this fall. The workshops are designed with library staff in mind but are open to the Penn community. We are looking forward to a collaborative learning environment, so plan to share your ideas, experience, and knowledge about scholarship in the digital environment.
The first four sessions will be taught by Libraries staff and collaborators, and will focus on Qualitative Research, Collaboration Theory and Practice, Practical Open Access, and a general tour of Theories, Methodologies, and Tools. If you tried to register earlier and were unable to, please try again! We have opened up additional seats.
If you are a seasoned researcher, or even if you have just started embarking upon a research project, you are probably familiar with common literature citation/organization tools, such as RefWorks, Zotero, and EndNote (see our LibGuide on these citation management tools). However, not many people realize that NVivo, a qualitative research software, can also be used quite effectively as a research and citation organizer for literature reviews. Shimrit Keddem, our NVivo Basics workshop presenter and creator of our NVivo Guide, recently introduced us to this aspect of NVivo.
Researcher Anuja Cabraal, an NVivo consultant, writes extensively about NVivo’s organizational capabilities on her blog. Cabraal highlights NVivo’s ability to categorize elements of your research into what NVivo calls “Nodes” (please see the workshop handout on our NVivo LibGuide on terminology). For example, you can have a Node for definitions of complex terms you are working with, a Node for PDFs or external documents you are using in your research, and a Node for different critical perspectives from which you may be working. NVivo allows you to easily change categories as your research develops; Cabraal notes that these categories often help her to see patterns emerge in her work, which she may not have noticed otherwise.