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Qualitative researchers can now connect with participants online to collect deep, rich data and generate new understandings of contemporary research phenomena. Doing Qualitative Research Online gives students and researchers the practical and scholarly foundations needed to gain digital research literacies essential for designing and conducting studies based on qualitative data collected online. The book will take a broad view of methodologies, methods and ethics, covering:




Ethical issues in research design and ethical relationships with participants
Designing online qualitative studies
Collecting qualitative data online through interviews, observations, participatory and arts-based research and a wide range of posts and documents.
Analyzing data and reporting findings


Written by a scholar-practitioner in e-learning and online academia with 15 years' experience, this book will help all those new to online research by providing a range of examples and illustrations from published research. The text and accompanying materials will offer discussion and assignment ideas for ease of adoption.
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  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 170 x 242 x 20.32mm | 560g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1446295400
  • 9781446295403

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Using Qualitative Approaches for Research in a Data-Intensive World
SECTION I: DESIGNING ONLINE QUALITATIVE STUDIES
Chapter 2: Choosing Methodologies and Methods for Online Studies
Chapter 3: Choosing Information and Communications Technologies for Online Studies
SECTION II: BECOMING AN ETHICAL ONLINE RESEARCHER
Chapter 4: Designing an Ethical Online Study
Chapter 5: Conducting an Ethical Online Study
SECTION III: COLLECTING QUALITATIVE DATA ONLINE
Chapter 6: Preparing to Collect Data Online
Chapter 7: Collecting Extant Data Online
Chapter 8: Eliciting Data Online
Chapter 9: Using Enacted Methods Online
SECTION IV: ANALYZING DATA AND REPORTING FINDINGS
Chapter 10: Organizing, Analyzing and Interpreting Findings
Chapter 11: Writing, Reporting and Contributing to the Literature
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The book is written for students and for faculty. Each chapter has a summary, a referral to the companion website, and discussion questions and exercises for the reader. For lecturers/instructors, the companion website provides a sample syllabus, assignments, worksheets, and class activities. The author highlights understanding what qualitative research is and how to use online communications for data collection. The importance of ethical research is emphasized, as online research is often conducted through personal computers, and it is up to the researcher to continually assess if high ethical standards are met through each stage of the research process.

The book's strength is the author's ability to relate the information to the reader in a concise and understandable way. Concepts are provided in layman's terms. Second, the book is a good resource for educators, as it provides resources for teaching students about conducting qualitative research online. -- Donna Busarow, Walden University Salmons' qualitative e-research framework is a highly anticipated extension of her expertise on online interviewing. She guides the reader across the entire research process - from selecting an overarching methodology to reporting the findings - while continually revisiting the importance of engaging in researcher reflexivity and ethical practices in online contexts. Salmons' careful distinction between extant, elicited and enacted types of data and the utility of each is especially needed during this time of often vague talk about the place of "big data" in research. -- Trena M. Paulus Salmons' thorough and readable book brings a complex technical skill-set within the reach of any competent student or researcher. The companion website is loaded with useful resources. Together they will be invaluable for anyone considering or undertaking qualitative online research. -- Dr Helen Kara A timely, well-structured textbook that will be of use to students, teachers and researchers. It provides a comprehensive overview of the range of online qualitative research methods. and offers readers step by step guidance and careful consideration of the key ethical, practical and quality issues involved in conducting qualitative research online. From online interviews to using social media data, this book is a welcome addition to our methods toolkit -- Kandy Woodfield
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About Janet E. Salmons

Janet Salmons is an independent researcher, writer and consultant through her company,Vision2Lead, Inc.. Dr. Salmons wrote Doing Qualitative Research Online, Qualitative Online interviews, Online Interviews in Real Time (2010) and edited the Cases in Online Interview Research (2012) for SAGE Publications, as well as numerous articles and book chapters.

Dr. Salmons has extensive experience teaching, mentoring, and facilitating online. She previously served on the graduate faculty of the Capella University School of Business, and was honored with the Harold Abel Distinguished Faculty Award for 2011-2012 and the Steven Shank Recognition for Teaching in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Dr. Salmons received a B.S. in Adult and Community Education from Cornell University; an M.A. in Social Policy Studies from Empire State College, a distance-learning institution in the SUNY system; and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies (meshing educational, technology, and leadership studies) at the Union Institute and University. She lives and works in Boulder, Colorado.

Dr. Salmons is a writer and Methods Guru for SAGE MethodSpace.
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