Written by Augsa Admin Friday, 15 August 2014 13:36
RESEARCH ASSISTANT 2
The Office of Institutional Studies at Athabasca University is undertaking a formative evaluation of the eText implementation. The key informant interviewing phase of the eText implementation evaluation is currently under way. A number of key informants will be randomly pulled from various target groups of stakeholders including course coordinators, assistants, tutors, course production staff, stakeholders at learner support services, materials management, computing and others for a total of 30 key informant interviews. The key informants will either be interviewed in person or over the phone. In addition to randomly interviewing people within each target group and in order to ensure inclusion of all interested stakeholders, an open call inviting key informants to express their views on eText implementation will be placed on the eText website. Those interested who exceed the randomly selected 30 key informants, will be emailed the questionnaire and asked to complete it and email it back. All responses will be included in the qualitative analysis. The proposed qualitative research has already been filed as an activity exempt from full ethics review on the basis of it being for quality assurance purposes conducted under normal business practices of the university. Timelines for the interviews will span the end of August and the month of September. At which point transcription and qualitative data analysis will be undertaken.
The Office of Institutional Studies is looking to hire a research assistant to assist with the qualitative analysis. Education Applicants are expected to be pursuing graduate studies, preferably at Athabasca University. An undergraduate degree is therefore required.
General Skill Set
• Qualitative analysis abilities.
• Experience with qualitative analysis software (NVivo) or spreadsheets (Excel).
• Experience with MS Word.
• Excellent listening and writing abilities.
• Attention to detail.
• Sound Judgment.
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team. Duties
• Maintaining and utilizing an audio recorder.
• Accurately transcribing 30 recorded interviews the duration of which is about half an hour each.
• Grouping qualitative comments based on thematic content. The comments will be drawn from the 30 interviews and from emailed responses to the questionnaire.
• Generating a code book for coding qualitative comments.
• Coding qualitative comments.
• Assisting in the preparation of a draft report.
• Transmitting concerns and questions to the project manager.
• Participating in trouble shooting related to transcription, coding and project development as a whole.
• Other tasks, as assigned in writing by the project manager and related to the development or furtherance of the research project.
The total hours allocated to this project will span the months of September and October 2014 for six weeks and are broken down as follows: Task Total Hours* Transcription of recorded interviews 1.5 hrs / interview transcription for 30 interviews = 45 hours Grouping of qualitative comments 5 hours Generating a code book 5 hours Coding of qualitative comments 20 hours Assisting in the preparation of a draft report 15 hours Total 90 hours *Hours could vary based on qualitative comments and audio complexity.
As per the respective collective agreement.
To facilitate direct supervision preference will be given to candidates based in Calgary, Alberta. However, candidates outside Calgary will also be considered. Candidates can work out of a home office. However, regular meetings with their supervisor at AU Calgary located at the Bow Valley College Building South Campus is required.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 12:50 Written by Ross Tyson Wednesday, 13 August 2014 11:41
AUGSA Orientation Sessions:
AUGSA is offering an orientation session for graduate students to learn about their digital campus, the services available to them, important information, and tips on being a successful AU graduate student. The sessions will be held online using GoTo meeting.
The sessions will run approximately one hour and will include time for discussion and questions. You can attend entirely online with a microphone and headphones/speakers or you can dial in via telephone.
It is recommended that attendees log in several minutes early to ensure you are connected and can familiarize yourself with the program before we begin.
There are two sessions scheduled for Tuesday September 16th, the first will run from 10am-11am (MDT), and the second will run from 6pm-7pm (MDT).
We look forward to meeting you on the 16th!
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Graduate Student Research Development Day: Saturday, October 25, 2014
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AUGSA is celebrating its 5th Birthday this year!
We are in the process of planning birthday celebrations that will occur in July (Alberta) and August (Ontario) with more celebrations to come throughout the year. You can find the details of these celebrations here as we put them up.
AUGSA represents approximately 5000 graduate students registered in five graduate faculties at Athabasca University. AUGSA is governed by our Council made up of 18 members including elected representatives from every graduate faculty at Athabasca University,our Executive (comprised of four positions: President, VP External, VP Operations and Finance and VP Academic),