Term: Summer 2020 - Special Summer Session (05/18/2020 - 08/30/2020)
Grade Mode: Credit/Fail Grading
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Has COVID-19 interrupted your research plans?
Are you wondering how to move forward with your project--how can you do qualitative research while “social distancing?”
This free, two-credit-hour, two-week-long online course will help you learn about and gain hands-on experience in a variety of types of qualitative research that you can draw on to help answer these questions! Come explore alternative resources and effective research techniques in this time of limited face-to-face interactions and barriers to traditional research sites.
- Entrance self-assessment and introduction to types of qualitative and quantitative research. How does a scholar pivot or re-plan their research?
- Digitally mediated research ethics. What ethical concerns or guidelines apply in virtual, digital, or distanced research?
- Forms of communication. How can researchers navigate various ways to communicate with and reach out to research sites and communities?
- Translating face-to-face interactions into “social distance” ones: methods, challenges, and best practices. How can traditional social science methodologies translate into new forms of practice?
- Community collaboration: immersion and building trust in the context of “social distancing.” How can researchers work to create social networks and collaborative relationships in this time of social distancing?
- Social science research in the context of interrupted travel and physical access to sites. What tools, techniques, and technologies are available for a researcher with limited or no access to the research site?
- Public outreach and education: sharing results and getting feedback. What are effective ways to share research and results with participating communities and the general public?
- Evaluation: course participants’ exit interviews/reports and peer-review that will be:
- Demonstrating the ways this course has informed their existing research or/and shaped their future research/projects/work.
- Reflecting on what worked and what didn’t work (e.g., research techniques, methods, and resources).
- Proposing improvements for this course going forward.
Format: Short lectures, hands-on exercises and assignments, journaling, Zoom discussion meetings (depending on the number of participants), and entrance and exit surveys.