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Analysing online text-based group interviews: exploring learner experience in a virtual world

Girvan, Carina ORCID: 2016. Analysing online text-based group interviews: exploring learner experience in a virtual world. [SAGE Research Methods Datasets]. SAGE. Available at:

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Online group interviews are an uncommon form of data collection. While there is increasing interest in online data collection techniques in general, the traditional small-group interview is difficult to transpose into an online environment. The lack of non-verbal cues, the inability of the researcher to control the interview environment and ethical questions regarding the identity of participants are some of the issues for data collection. However, they may be chosen for reasons such as access to otherwise unavailable participants, cost, and the opportunity to stimulate recall about past actions and experience by being in that same environment. This dataset exemplar focuses on thematic analysis of text-based, small group, semi-structured, online interview transcripts, collected as part of a multiple-case study into the experience of learners in the virtual world Second Life. The data is provided by Dr Carina Girvan from the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, who collected this data whilst a MSc student in the School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity College Dublin. The exemplar demonstrates how you might approach the analysis of online, text-based group interviews, highlighting potential pitfalls and opportunities along the way. It will be of most use to those interested in using and analysing online text-based interviews.

Item Type: Dataset
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Publisher: SAGE
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2022 10:18

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