I know, some colleagues are going to read the title and wonder why I am talking of 9 days when we are not here for that long, but read on! Yesterday, Sunday, June 16, 2013, was an optional workshop, ‘NVivo 10 and Your Data.’ Some also attended on June 15 for an introduction to NVivo 10, but I attended that last year, with NVivo 9, and I have done some work with it since. NVivo is a software program to aid in the analysis of qualitative data. The session helped me become more familiar with a few specific areas, including classification sheets, and I learned about some features that I had not used.

Today, June 17, is the start of the main workshops, 2 half-day workshops each day over a 4-day period. The Thinking Qualitatively Workshop Series is presented annually by the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology (IIQM) at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. Our Keynote speaker is Dr Sally Thorne, who introduced Interpretive Description (ID) as a research methodology. Since I have planned to use ID for my main research study, I look forward to hearing her in a little less than 3 hours from now, as well as attending her afternoon workshop.

Following the workshops, we have the Advances in Qualitative Methods Conferences, also through the IIQM, running from June 21 to 23.

I understand that we have about 20 participants from other countries this week! That says a lot for the reputation of the IIQM.

Will I be presenting at the workshops and conference? No. I was accepted to do poster presentations at both, but since I have been working on a full paper for the PLE Conference in Berlin, based on my pilot study, and since I still want to hear more about ID from Dr Thorne, I decided to withdraw and wait to present next year.

June 24 and 25 will be a change, but an early start each day. Our Institute of Learning Innovation, at the University of Leicester, will be holding research days, UK times. I will attend online.

There you have it! That is the schedule for 9 days that commenced yesterday. I hope to post each day with a short update.

Twitter hashtags are #TQ2013 and #AQM2013

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