This advanced course provides an overview of the main factors to consider when conducting effective qualitative interviews online using audio visual conferencing. Online qualitative interviews can be a valuable means by which to conduct social research with a range of diverse groups in synchronous and asynchronous ways. The course covers the principles and benefits of online qualitative interviews, and the challenges when interacting with participants virtually. We focus on how to design, conduct and facilitate a synchronous online interview using technologies such as Zoom. Participants are provided with guidance and will practice conducting an online qualitative interview. We will explore strategies for enhancing participation, building rapport, and creating an online presence using verbal and non-verbal communication. This advanced course will benefit researchers who already have a basic understanding of qualitative research methods but are new to conducting qualitative interviews in online settings.
By the end of the workshop, participants will:
This course includes:
This course will benefit those who have experience of qualitative methods, including interviewing, but who wish to explore and practice how to effectively conduct qualitative interviews with a range of participants online.
Dr Karen Lumsden is Assistant Professor in Criminology at the University of Nottingham and has a PhD in Sociology from the University of Aberdeen. She has over 15 years’ experience teaching qualitative research methods at postgraduate level and to academics and practitioners. This includes courses at the Universities of Aberdeen, Glasgow, Essex, Kingston University, and for the SRA. Karen has also designed and delivered social research methods training for police officers and staff via the East Midlands Policing Academic Collaboration (EMPAC) and for research consultancies. She has authored a number of academic books and journal articles on qualitative research methods.
This course contributes 6 hours to the MRS CPD programme