Qualitative research resources on YouTube

Free online resources for academics and students wanting to develop skills in qualitative research will be demonstrated at the British Psychological Society’s Annual Conference in London on Thursday 19 April 2012.

The interactive resources on the OnlineQDA website include videos of research students explaining key aspects of their qualitative research strategies, illustrated by examples of data and analysis from their current projects.

‘Previously, qualitative methods had to be picked up in an apprenticeship with an expert. With the increasing demand for qualitative research, the OnlineQDA website provides easy ways of developing practical research skills by tapping into the example of more experienced researchers’, says Graham Gibbs of Huddersfield University, who developed the website in the course of action research projects funded respectively by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Higher Education Academy.

Co-investigator Colm Crowley of Greenwich University says: "The OnlineQDA website offers accessible, individualised ways of acquiring research skills, whereas books often leave significant gaps when it comes to how to do things. I’ve already found some of the site’s tutorials useful in teaching lab classes. These web resources are still being developed, so the conference is a great opportunity for colleagues in psychology to find out what’s there and discuss how it can be most effectively used as a resource for teaching and learning."

To get the most from the workshop, participants are encouraged to bring their laptops and headphones to the session.