Report from the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry 2016

The digital tools special interest group (DTQR) at ICQI, chaired by Kristi Jackson (QUERI) and co-chaired by Trena Paulus (University of Georgia) and Judy Davidson (University of Massachusetts-Lowell), coordinated eight panels with a total of 35 papers this year on a variety of topics such as the use of QDA software for facilitating complex teamwork, teaching qualitative inquiry online, and exploring gender and identity in digital spaces.

Approximately 100 conference participants attended the digital tools sessions over the two days. The opening plenary included presentations by Kakali Bhattarachya on virtual ethnography (Kansas State university), Harriett Green on the digital humanities (University of Illinois), Christina Silver on Five-Level QDA (QDA Services), and Kristi Jackson on new discourses for digital tools (QUERI).

We had an engaging final mash-up working meeting for the SIG on Saturday, so stay tuned here for further developments. For now, here are some photos from the event.

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Opening plenary speakers Kristi Jackson, Trena Paulus (discussant), Christina Silver, Kakali Bhattarachya and Harriet Greene.

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Nick Woolf and Christina Silver present their Five-Level QDA Training Model

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Participants mingle in between Digital Tools SIG sessions


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Faculty and students from the University of Georgia presented on teaching qualitative research online, with Judy Davidson serving as discussant


Johnny Saldana serenades the opening session with his digital tools song


David Woods talks about complex teamwork and QDAS


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