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ADA Online Winter School 2021

19 July - 13 August​ 2021 

Full programme and further information are listed here
​Application form can be found here​.

​​​​​​​Course 1: Fundamentals of research design and methods

Course 2: Creating a successful dissertation​​

Course 3: Teaching in the digital world: The use of blended active learning strategies​

Course 4: ​Research publication and presentation​: Principles and practical steps *new  

Course 5: ​​Introd​uction to qualitative research design and methodology​

Course 6: Working with research data: Software and digital tools for applied research *new

Course 7Intersecting qualitative with mixed methods research​​: Design and implementation​​​​​​​

Course 8: ​​Supervising the PhD by publication  

Course 9Writing and publishing an article during the doctorate​​​​​​​​

Course 10The Quantitative PhD: From philosophy to study design, data analysis and reporting ​ 

Course 11: ​Grounded theory: Methodology, principles and practices​​​​​​​​

Course 12Narrative action research for transformative transdisciplinary research *new​ ​ 

Course 13: An introduction to computer assisted qualitative data analysis software: NVivo​​​ *new​​​​​


Course 1: Fundamentals of research design methods

​Presenter Prof Tim Guetterman (University of Michigan, USA & Stellenbosch University)​
​Duration
1 day orientation +  3 days course work
Orientation takes place on Friday, 16 July 2021 (45 minutes)
Course takes place over the period 19 - 21 July 2021
Delegates will be expected to be available for the programme from 09:30 - 17:00 daily (excluding tea and lunch breaks). They will submit a work sheet/assignment at the end of each day that will be marked by Prof Guetterman. 
​Cost
Early Bird: R4100 |​ Standard: R4700​​
SU staff and students paying by OE code/student account, retain the Early Bird price until bookings close​​
​​Requirements
​​Delegates are expected to log in on the system before the course commences to ensure that they have access to the module online, and can access the different sections and materials needed for the course. The online module will be open beforehand and a compulsory orientation will take place on Friday, 16 July, while the hands-on instruction will take place from 19 - 21 July.
​Target audience
This course will help delegates who are developing a research proposal. It aims to provide a useful preparation for either of the week long Introduction to Quantitative or Introduction to Qualitative Research courses. It is also designed to benefit Delegates who are embarking on independent research for the first time or delegates who need a refresher before starting their PhDs. For example, if you have taken time after your Master’s, are changing directions, or simply need a refresher, this course provides and accessible introduction to research fundamentals. In particular, it will be helpful to delegates planning to start their PhDs imminently or who are in the early phase of their PhD or preparing for a research degree or project.

Course Description

This course offers a preparation on the fundamentals of research from a research methods and research design orientation. This introductory course will provide an overview of research in general along with a brief overview of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research. The goal is to exit with an understanding of the basic elements of research and to be able to apply concepts to develop a research plan. The course will also prepare you for future courses, such as the Introduction to Qualitative Research or Introduction to Quantitative Research.
 
Our major topics include:

  • Defining research
  • Understanding the importance of research
  • Identifying a research problem to study of appropriate scope
  • Reviewing the literature
  • Specifying an objective, purpose, research questions, or hypotheses
  • Collecting quantitative data
  • Analyzing and interpreting quantitative data
  • Collecting qualitative data
  • Analyzing and interpreting qualitative data
  • Selecting a research design
    • 3 Major quantitative designs
    • 3 Major qualitative designs
    • Mixed methods designs
  • Writing and Evaluating Research

Course outcomes
At the end of the course, participants should be able to:
  • Describe and apply fundamentals of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research to a plan or proposal
  • Identify a research problem to study of appropriate scope
  • Write an objective, purpose statement, aim, or research question as appropriate to your discipline.
  • Develop a plan for data collection and analysis
  • Defend their choice of methods and research design
  • Apply criteria to evaluate research 
Course material
The course materials will be made available online on the day, but delegates will be required to log in before the course starts and complete the course orientation ​

Course format
​The course will feature a blend of teaching and learning styles.
  • This course will be taught online, using a blend of asynchronous and synchronous teaching, as well as online live teaching.
  • The course will start in the morning with asynchronous material (readings and work on own projects), followed by live class lectures and  "virtual office hour” consultations.
  • Delegates will be required to deliver a presentation during the workshop with slides (PowerPoint or other).
  • Prof Guetterman will give feedback on questions and submissions. 
  • ​You should allocate about 6 hours for the day (excluding breaks) to the course so that you can sufficiently go through the materials and apply what you have learned or incorporate feedback from the lecturer


Course 2: Creating a successful dissertation​

​​Presenters​
​Dr Layla Cassim (Layla Cassim ERS Consultants CC)
Duration
1 day orientation + 3 days​ course work
Orientation will take place on Wednesday, 21 July 2021 (45 minutes)
Course takes place over the period 22 - 24 July 2021
Delegates will be expected to be available for the programme from 08:30 -​​ 16:00 daily (excluding tea and lunch breaks). ​
​Cost
Early Bird: R4100* |​ Standard: R4700​​*
*+R450 for Toolkit
SU staff and students paying by OE code/student account, retain the Early Bird price until bookings close

​Requirements
There are no prerequisite requirements for this course, as it is a preparatory course aimed at providing delegates with the background and context of the doctoral process. 
Delegates are expected to log in before the course commences to ensure that they have access to the module online, and can access the different sections and materials needed for the course. The online module will be open from 21 - 24 July 2021​, while the hands-on instruction will take place from 22 - 24 July 2​021.
​​Target audience
Delegates planning to start their PhDs imminently or who are in the early phase of their PhD and want to understand the background and context of the doctoral process. Delegates who are preparing for a research degree or project.
​​What to bring?
This three-day workshop covers the entire research process, and each day builds on what was covered the previous day.  The three-day format below allows us to cover a considerable amount of content as well as giving us time for group work, feedback and individual interactions.  Participants also receive a copy of the Postgraduate Toolkit DVD (4th edition) electronically – the Toolkit and the workshop reinforce each other, and participants can refer to the Toolkit chapters and voice recordings to revisit what was covered in the workshop and for additional material.  


Course Description
This is a comprehensive three-day workshop that covers the entire research process, as described below.  The aim is to demystify the process of research and to help you to complete a high quality thesis in good time. 

Thursday: The research proposal
  • Introduction to research – the history, context and philosophy of research
  • Key ethical considerations in research
  • Narrowing down the scope of the research project
  • The structure of a comprehensive research proposal, which each component discussed in detail
  • Key terminology, such as the research question, problem statement, aims and objectives
  • The 'golden thread'​
Friday: Research design and methodology
  • Defining research design and methodology
  • The importance of effective record keeping
  • Different types of data and how to choose the most appropriate data for your research:​
    • Primary and secondary
    • Qualitative and quantitative data 
  • 18 commonly-used research methods across a range of disciplines and how to choose the most appropriate method(s) for your research
  • Key concepts examiners are likely to raise: 
    • Sampling, error, bias, reliability, validity and pilot testing
  • Qualitative and quantitative data analysis 
  • An example of a Research design and methodology chapter
  • Project management principles to structure and plan your research 
Saturday: Thesis writing
  • Important initial considerations and possible stumbling blocks:
    • When to start writing
    • Institutional requirements regarding the thesis
    • The editing process
    • Writer's block
    • Time management
    • Stress, health and quality of life challenges
  • Different structures/ formats of a thesis
  • How to write the thesis, with each chapter/ section discussed in detail
  • Writing a quality literature review
  • Theoretical frameworks and how to incorporate these in the thesis
  • The thesis examination process
    • University requirements
    • Typical examiners' questions and dealing with feedback
  • Common mistakes to avoid in academic writing​
Course Outcomes
At the end of the course, the delegates will be able to:
  • Complete a comprehensive, well conceptualised research proposal
  • Justify why they have used particular research methods, and show how these are appropriate for their research
  • Discuss what steps they have undertaken to decrease the potential for error and bias, and what they have done to increase the reliability and validity of their research
  • Have an interdisciplinary, intersectional understanding of research
  • Present their findings in a logical, user-friendly thesis format that meets the university’s requirements for submission and that satisfies examiners
  • Address various quality of life challenges that can make it more difficult to complete the research project, such as time management, writer’s block, stress and health-related problems
 Course material

The course material includes PowerPoint slides, assigned readings, exercises, videos, and other supplemental material.
T
he course materials will be made available online at the start of the course. However, delegates are required to do an online orientation on Wednesday, 21 July and some tasks, before the course starts on 22 July


Course format
The three days' teaching for Dr Cassim will be a blend of online live teaching, self-study and applying the lessons learned during each session to your own work.

There will be three live sessions daily:

  • The first session is from 08:30 – 09:30. This will be followed by a self-study session, in which delegates go through voice recorded PowerPoint slides on specific topics from Dr Cassim's Postgraduate Toolkit (4th edition) until midday.  
  • There is a second live session from 12:00 – 13:00, in which key concepts will be highlighted and delegates can ask the facilitator questions.  This will be followed by a quick lunch break and another self-study session from 13:30 until 15:00.  
  • Our last session is from 15:00-16:00. 
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Course 3: Teaching in the digital world: The use of blended active learning strategies​

​​Presenters​
 Prof Wim van Petegem (​KU Leuven, Belgium​)​​​ and Prof JP Bosman, Dr Sonja Strydom, Ms Elzette le Roux and Ms Margriet de Villiers (Stellenbosch University)
Duration
1 day orientation + 10 half days​ course work
Orientation will take place during the week of 12 July 2021. (45 minutes)
Course take place over the period 19 - 30 July 2021. The course format is largely asynchonous and flexible other than checkins and live sessions, and delegates should allocate 3 - 4 hours per day to complete the required readings and activities.

​Cost
Early Bird: R6200 |​ Standard: R6700​​
SU staff and students paying by OE code/student account, retain the Early Bird price until bookings close.

​Requirements
Participants should have a genuine interest in digital technologies and their application in teaching and learning. Some basic experience with the use of learning technologies in general might be helpful in the practical sessions.
​​Target audience
The course is designed for the teacher of the future, from new le​​cturers to more senior academics from all disciplines, with a keen interest in teaching and learning at the one hand, and digital technologies at the other hand.
 Participants should want to learn to
  • Further develop their skills on how to teach in the modern (digital) age;
  • How to activate learners both in a face-to-face and an online learning environment;
  • How to blend these different worlds into one new integrated learning experience;
  • How to cope with fast moving new trends in digital learning technologies;
  • How to apply these insights into their own practice as a teacher (and a learner), etc.
​​What to bring?
It is required for the participants use own devices (laptop, smartphone) to participate in the course.​ Participants should also make sure they have reliable and fast internet to make sure that they are able to join the real-time webinars on Microsoft Teams, as well as to access the self-paced learning activities. 


Course Description
The course will concentrate around the following themes:
  • Understanding the basics of blended active learning as a foundation for good academic teaching,
  • Using digital tools for classroom-based active learning,
  • Going fully online as teacher and learner,
  • Blending classroom and online learning experiences into a meaningful integrated learning experience,
  • Reflecting through action research on your own practice as a teacher in the digital world.  
The course will include presentations of theoretical evidence-based concepts, models and frameworks, good practices, inspiring examples, practical illustrations, and interesting (open) resources, combined with hands-on exercises. Together with the instructors, course participants will work together and reflect on how to change their own practice as a teacher in the digital world.

​​Course Outcomes

After completion of the course, the participants will be able to:

  • Describe the fundamentals of active- and blended learning and apply them into a classroom, a fully online and a blended learning environment;
  • Search, assess and use up-to-date learning technologies in order to improve their own teaching;
  • Design, develop and implement meaningful learning experiences in order to activate learners;
  • Apply action research for reflection on their own practice as a teacher in the digital world.


 Course material

The course material will comprise slide sets, readings and journal articles, on-line tutorials, manuals, video material, provided in the sessions (and made available online), and partly co-created by the participants themselves.


Course format

The course Teaching in the Digital World: The use of blended active learning strategies will be offered as a fully online interactive course. There will be daily/ twice-weekly short real-time lectures in the form of webinars, as well as structured self-paced learning activities for each day. Participants will be supported throughout the course by means of active mentoring groups.

The course will run over two weeks (10 week days with a weekend in between) and it is expected of participants to commit 3-4 hours of work every (week) day bringing the total time commitment to 30-40 hours over the two weeks. The course is designed to be flexible and to allow for active engagement around participants’ schedules.  

  • The facilitators will lead interactive discussions and facilitate the small group exercises and presentations. There will be a cap-stone activity on the last day of the course in which participants will share their chosen blended active learning teaching project with the class in order to celebrate new skills, gain feedback on practical application as well as reflecting on the future as digitally fluent teachers.
  • ​Delegates are expected to actively participate in all course activities and help promote a classroom environment as a community of learners throughout the online course. Learning from peers will be an important part of this course as we jointly discuss key aspects of what it means to teach in the digital world. 
  • Please plan to allocate three to four hours per day to the course so that we can cover all the themes, meet the course objectives, and apply what you have learned or incorporate feedback from the lecturer.
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Course 4: Research publication and presentation: Principles and practical steps (new)

​Presenters​
Prof Sarah J Tracy (Arizona State University, USA)​​
​Duration
1 day orientation + 3 days​ course work
Orientation takes place on Friday, 23 July 2021 (45 minutes) 
Course take place over the period 26 - 29 July 2021
Delegates will be expected to be available for the programme from 15:00 for homewo​​rk and 16:00 - 19:30 daily (excluding breaks) for classes, and will be asked to complete certain exercises. ​​There will be homework and group work sessions from Tuesday - Thursday before the class formally starts at 16:00.
​Cost
Early Bird: R4100 |​ Standard: R4700​​
SU staff and students paying by OE code/student account, retain the Early Bird price until bookings close
​​Requirements

Participants should be interested in ways to build their skills in academic publication and presentation – and have an idea of what they consider to be aspirational publication goals.

The online module will be open beforehand and a compulsory orientation will take place on Friday, 16 July, while the hands-on instruction will take place from 26 - 29 July.​

​Target audience
This course will benefit delegates who want to skilfully work toward academic publications and presentations and want to investigate typical research monographs as well as representations in addition to the typical academic article.  
​What to bring?
Delegates will maximise the utility of the course if they can come with ideas of their research publication and presentation goals, access to research publications in the area of their focus, and an idea of one or two potential projects.
​​
Course description
How can you present and publish your research so that it is useful and valuable to others? In this course, we will tackle this question head-on, delivering principles and practical steps for publication and presentation.  Among other topics, we will discuss the key aspects that go into research reports, how to deal with common challenges in publishing and presentation, and ways to frame your research for key audiences so that it is heard as interesting, significant, and valuable.

Course outcomes
  1.  ​Consider the rule of utility in terms of how to craft the most appropriate research representation. E.g., do you want to change a policy? A theory? A practice? A politic?
  2. Identify audience first
    • The most receptive outlets for your research 
    • ​Strategies for “being interesting” and significant to key audiences
  3. Understand the common challenges of writing academic publications and tips for overcoming them.
  4. Identify key aspects of a research report -- including the abstract, rationale, literature review / conceptual framework, methods, findings, and implications.
  5. Understand how to resonate and transfer findings from a specific project to a variety of settings – even when data are scarce or anecdotal via claim-making.
  6. Explore ways to craft presentations that will be heard as valuable and memorable by key audiences.
  7. Brainstorm alternative representations outside of the scholarly journal article
    • White papers
    • Performances
    • Social Media
    • ​Wikipedia pages​
Course material
Worksheets and materials sourced from:
Tracy, S. J. (2020). Qualitative research methods: Collecting evidence, crafting analysis, communicating impact, 2nd Ed. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell. 
To order and access auxiliary teaching materials, visit here​.  Reviews available here.
Note: It is recommended but not required that students access this book and read chapters 12 & 13 before this workshop. 
Other course materials will be referenced from: www.SarahJTracy.com

Course format
  • The course will feature a blend of teaching and learning styles:
  • This course will be taught online, using a blend of asynchronous and synchronous teaching, as well as online live teaching. 
  • The course will include asynchronous activities and homework.
  • Synchronous sessions will take part over the course of 4 afternoons/evenings.
  • Course activities will include a mix of lecture, individual workshopping, short assignments, and sharing in small groups.
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Course 5: Introduction to qualitative research design and methodology

​​Presenters​
​Prof Wayne A Babchuk (University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA) 
Duration
1 day orientation + 5 days​ course work
Orientation will take place on Friday, 23 July 2021 (45 minutes)
Course take place over the period 26 - 30 July 2021. Delegates will be expected to be available for the programme from 09:30 - 17:00 daily (excluding tea and lunch breaks).
​Cost
​Early Bird: R6200 |​ Standard: R6700​​
SU staff and students paying by OE code/student account, retain the Early Bird​ price until bookings close.

​Requirements
No methodology or research design pre-requisites are required: This workshop will be taught as an introductory course. A general understanding of research methodology may be helpful as we will compare key aspects of qualitative research to more historically accepted quantitative methods.

Delegates are expected to log in before the course commences to ensure that they have access to the module online, and can access the different sections and materials needed for the course. The online module will be open from 23 - 31 July 2021, while the hands-on instruction will take place from 26 - 30 July 2​021.
​​Target audience
​This course will benefit participants who want to learn more about and fine-tune their skills in qualitative design and implementatio​n. The course will have a strong holistic and interdisciplinary focus and draw upon examples from the social and health sciences and education over time and across cultures.


Course Description
Introduction to Qualitative Research Design and Methodology is an introductory course presented in two parts. 

Part 1 provides fundamental knowledge of several interlocking topics important to our understanding of qualitative research methodology design and implementation including: 
  • The history of qualitative research across disciplines;
  • The ethics and responsible conduct of research; 
  • The epistemological or philosophical assumptions underlying qualitative designs;
  • Key attributes and procedures of contemporary qualitative approaches including basic qualitative research, narrative, phenomenology, grounded theory, ethnography, grounded ethnography, case study, and participatory action research.

Part 2 extends our understanding of these qualitative approaches as participants learn more about the practice and conduct of qualitative research. As a community of learners, we will focus on the core processes of qualitative design and implementation including:
Writing problem statements, purpose statements, and research questions;
  • Qualitative sampling strategies;
  • Data collection and analysis techniques;
  • Validity, reliability and trustworthiness in qualitative research;
  • Writing qualitative doctoral dissertations and turning doctoral research into professional presentations and publishable articles.
This course will draw upon examples from participants’ own research interests that we will hone through collaborative problem-solving and instructional strategies. Upon completion of this course, participants will gain a deeper understanding of qualitative research and will have refined and practiced the skills needed to design and conduct their own studies.

Course Outcomes
Upon completion of the course, students will have the skills to:
  • Identify key traditions and eras in the history of qualitative inquiry;
  • Recognize important ethical issues in research;
  • Distinguish among the epistemological assumptions undergirding qualitative research;
  • Articulate principles and practices of contemporary qualitative research;
  • Design qualitative research studies;
  • Develop qualitative data collection, analysis, and interpretation techniques;
  • Describe how validity, reliability, and generalizability are addressed in qualitative research;
  • Write evaluate, and publish qualitative research studies

Course material

The course material includes PowerPoint slides, assigned readings, exercises, videos, and other supplemental material.
The course materials will be made available online at the start of the course. However, delegates are required to do an online orientation and some tasks, before the course starts on 26 July. 


Course format
Introduction to Qualitative Research Design and Methodology will meet four and one-half days beginning at 09:00 daily and continue until the afternoon with group and individual exercises to complete for the next day. All instruction will be remotely delivered with a mix of live online teaching, 
group and individual presentations, exercises, and discussions. 
  • The presenter and facilitator will lead interactive discussions and facilitate the small group exercises and presentations. 
  • Delegates are expected to actively participate in all course activities and help promote a classroom environment as a community of learners throughout the workshop. Learning from peers will be an important part of this course as we jointly discuss key aspects of qualitative research design and implementation. 
  •  Please plan to allocate six to seven hours per day to the course so that we can cover stated topics and meet the course objectives, apply what you have learned or incorporate feedback from the lecturer.

Course 6: Working with research data: Software and digital tools for applied research (new)

Presenter Prof Tim Guetterman (Ann Arbor, University of Michigan, USA and Stellenbosch University)
​​Duration
1 day orientation + 5 days​ course work
Orientation will take place on Friday, 23 July 2021 (45 minutes)​
Course take place over the period 26 - 30 July 2021. Delegates will be expected to be available for the programme from 09:30 - 17:00 daily (excluding tea and lunch breaks).  They will submit a work sheet/assignment at the end of each day that will be marked by Prof Guetterman. 
​Cost 
​Early Bird: R6200 |​ Standard: R6700​​
SU staff and students paying by OE code/student account, retain the Early Bird price until bookings close.

​Requirements
Participants should have a basic understanding of the process of research. It is critical to come with a current research project to focus on or at least an idea for a research project.
Delegates are expected to log in before the course commences to ensure that they have access to the module online, and can access the different sections and materials needed for the course. The online module will be open from 23 - 31 July 2021, while the hands-on instruction will take place on the 26 - 30 July 2021.​
​Target audience
This course will benefit delegates who are interested in using software and technology to assist with the research process. The course aims to share helpful tools for researchers working on a PhD or others interested in learning about the tools.
What to bring?
Delegates will maximise the utility of the course if they can use their own data. Before the course, please download and install the following: SPSS Grad Pack, MAXQDA (free trial license provided), Mendeley (free), and Zotero (free).

Course​ description
Software can make your life easier when conducting research. This course introduces two software programs that are useful in managing and analysing quantitative and qualitative research data. Specifically, we will review the use of SPSS to clean and prepare data, calculate descriptive statistics, and conduct t tests, analysis of variance, correlation, regression, and categorical analysis. We will also review the use of MAXQDA, a qualitative and mixed methods software program, for managing qualitative data, conducing coding and thematic analysis, and conducting mixed methods analysis. In addition, we will cover software and other tools that can be useful for managing references in literature reviews. 

Course outcomes
At the end of the course, the delegates will be able to:
  • Apply the major features of SPSS to analyse quantitative data
  • Apply the major features of MAXQDA to analyse qualitative data
  • Import literature into reference management software
  • Create a bibliographic output from reference management software.

Course format
The course will  be held online with a mix of live sessions and self-study using recorded lectures. The instructor will provide individualized feedback on all assignments. You are encouraged to ask questions about your own research and work on your own projects through the course. 

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​​Presenters​
​Prof Wayne A Babchuk (University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA ) and Prof Tim Guetterman (Ann Arbor, University of Michigan, USA and Stellenbosch University)
Duration
1 day orientation + 5 days​ course work
Orientation will take place on Friday, 30 July 2021 (45 minutes)
Course take place over the period 02 - 06 August 2021. Delegates will be expected to be available for the programme from 09:30 - 17:00 daily (excluding tea and lunch breaks).​

​Cost
​Early Bird: R6200 |​ Standard: R6700​​
SU staff and students paying by OE code/student account, retain the Early Bird price until bookings close.

​Requirements
Participants are expected to have had some previous exposure or training in research methodology—preferably with a qualitative and/or mixed methods focus--either through courses offered by their own home institutions or by the African Doctoral Academy, or have had some related experience working with qualitative or mixed methods designs prior to this course.

Delegates are expected to log in before the course commences to ensure that they have access to the module online, and can access the different sections and materials needed for the course. The online module will be open from 30 July - 07 August, while the hands-on instruction will take place from 02 - 06 August 2021.
​​Target audience
​This course is designed to help guide doctoral students or other researchers who are in the process of planning or conducting qualitative or mixed methods studies for their dissertations or other research projects.


Course Description
Intersecting Qualitative with Mixed Methods Research: Design and Implementation will begin with a concise overview of qualitative and mixed methods research. Qualitative research is a systematic process of inquiry that relies on open-ended data (e.g., text, forms of interviews, focus groups, and images) and emphasizes inductive reasoning, collecting data in natural settings, and understanding participants’ points of view. Mixed methods research involves the integration of qualitative and quantitative data within a study. While basic research may rely on general descriptive qualitative research, the most rigorous research employs qualitative designs. Therefore, we focus the course on the major qualitative designs—ethnography, grounded theory, phenomenology, case study, and narrative research—in detail and discuss their intersection with mixed methods research.
 
The primary expectation is that delegates will bring either a qualitative or mixed methods project (either concept or in progress) and work on their project. Delegates will exit with the foundation of a sophisticated qualitative or mixed methods research design.

Course Outcomes

At the completion of the course, students will have skills to:

  • Understand how to apply mixed methods research
  • Design and implement the key procedures of five major qualitative designs: ethnography, grounded theory, phenomenology, case study, and narrative research
  • Identify, for each design:
    • its definition
    • how it has been used
    • its potential intersection with mixed methods
    • strategies for designing and conducting a study
    • unique ethical considerations
    • advantages, limitations, and challenges
    • ​validation strategies
  • Know how to select an appropriate research design
  • Apply criteria to evaluate research 
  • Recognize writing strategies for reporting and publication

Course material

The course material includes PowerPoint slides, assigned readings, exercises, videos, and other supplemental material.
T
he course materials will be made available online at the start of the course. However, delegates are required to do an online orientation and some tasks, before the course starts on the 2nd of August 2021.

Course format
This course will meet for five days beginning at 09:30 daily and continue until the afternoon with group and individual exercises to complete for the next day. All instruction will be remotely delivered with a mix of live online teaching, 
group and individual presentations, exercises, and discussions. 
  • The presenter and facilitator will lead interactive discussions and facilitate the small group exercises and presentations. 
  • Delegates are expected to actively participate in all course activities and help promote a classroom environment as a community of learners throughout the workshop. Learning from peers will be an important part of this course as we jointly discuss key aspects of qualitative research design and implementation. 
  •  Please plan to allocate six to seven hours per day to the course so that we can cover stated topics and meet the course objectives, apply what you have learned or incorporate feedback from the lecturer.
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Course 8: Supervising the PhD by publication​

​Presenters​
Prof Liezel Frick and Dr Sonja Strydom (Centre for Higher and Adult Education, Stellenbosch University)
​Duration
1 day orientation + 5 days​ course work
Orientation will take place on Friday, 30 July 2021 (45 minutes)
Course take place over the period 02 - 06 August 2021. The course format is largely structured asynchronous self-paced learning activites, according to daily structure of participants. Daily synchronous check-in sessions with afternoon self-paced online activities to be completed.
​Cost
Early Bird: R6200 |​ Standard: R6700​​
SU staff and students paying by OE code/student account, retain the Early Bird price until bookings close.

​​Requirements
Basic computer literacy Access to a wi-fi enabled laptop / tablet for the duration of the course Delegates should have a Gmail account to access some online resources. 
The online module will be open from 30 July - 07 August 2021, while the hands-on instruction will take place on the 02 - 06 August  2021.
​Target audience
Supervisors interested in exploring PhD by publication as alternative to the monograph thesis. Applicants should be about to graduate with their PhDs, or are already supervising a thesis.

Course description

During this hands-on course, participants will be introduced to a number of themes related to a PhD by publication. We will begin the journey of discovery by highlighting the main tenets of PhD by publication. In particular, we will draw on the differences between a monograph and thesis by publication. During this session we will also explore institutional policies related to this format and how agency and power relations could be considered in moving a conversation about this format further in an institution. 

The next theme focuses on raising awareness of the pedagogical approaches associated with PhD by publication. Feedback and critical views from practicing and experienced supervisors will form the basis of this theme. This theme will be followed by a practical session where emphasis will be placed on the development of a supervision framework which could benefit both student and supervisor. 

The last two themes underline the importance of sharing scholarly work based on this format with the broader community. Firstly, we will examine the different steps to consider when deciding to publish one of the articles in the thesis in academic journals. This will be followed by an exploration of alternative ways of sharing your scholarly voice. Particular emphasis will be placed on various modes of online dissemination of your scholarly work.

Course outcomes
After completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • Outline the main differences between a monograph and thesis by publication
  • Explore context-specific pedagogical approaches relevant to their own institutions
  • Critically explore the different aspects related to the development of a supervision framework
  • Understand the various facets to be considered when preparing for article publication in an academic journal
  • Highlight alternative online modes of sharing their scholarly voice with a broader community

Course material
The course materials will be made available online at the start of the course. However, delegates are required to do an online orientation and some tasks, before the course starts on 02 August 2021. ​

Course format
Largely structured asynchronous self-paced learning according to daily structure of participants. Daily synchronous check-in sessions with afternoon self-paced online activities to be completed. ‘

  • The course will feature a blend of teaching and learning styles:
  • This course will be taught online, using a mostly asynchronous teaching, discussion boards as well as online, live checkins.
  • ​You should allocate 6 - 7 hours for the day (excluding breaks) to the course so that you can sufficiently go through the materials and apply what you have learned and relay this on the discussion forums. 
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​Presenters​
Prof Ruth Albertyn (Centre for Higher and Adult Education, Stellenbosch University and University of Stellenbosch Business School)
​Duration
1 day orientation + 5 days​ course work
Orientation will take place on Friday, 30 July 2021 (30 minutes)​
Course take place over the period 02 - 06 August 2021. There will be daily classes, but delegates are expected to work on their writing in between live sessions, and meet with the facilitator.
​Cost
Early Bird: R6700 |​ Standard: R7500​​
SU staff and students paying by OE code/student account, retain the Early Bird price until bookings close.

​Capacity
8  Delegates (The size of the class is kept purposefully small, so delegates have optimal time with their facilitator) 
​​Requirements
Participants must have the following in place before the course commences:
  • The first rough draft of an article based on completed research (for example completed data analysis or completed section of the literature review)
  • Identified a journal where you would like to submit an article
  • The guidelines for authors of this journal
  • A laptop to use during the workshop (not only a tablet or iPad)
  • Stable internet connection for use over MS Teams (for instruction), accessing the online materials and submitting your daily drafts to Prof Albertyn.
Delegates are expected to log in before the course commences to ensure that they have access to the module online, and can access the different sections and materials needed for the course. The online module will be open from 30 July - 07 August 2021, while the hands-on instruction will take place from 02 - 06 August 2021.
​Target audience

This course is aimed at doctoral candidates who have already begun their doctoral research project and are at a stage where they have completed some sections of their research and have publishable material from any part of their study. It is essential that the data has already been analysed or the literature already collected as there is not sufficient time for these tasks during the workshop.  The focus of this workshop is on actual writing of the article and there is thus minimal formal lecturing during the workshop. 
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Course description

During this hands-on course, participants plan and write an article for publication in a scholarly journal. Participants work on material from their doctoral studies and it is essential for this workshop to have a draft manuscript to work on during your time with the ADA. Minimal input is provided by the facilitator and participants then spend workshop time crafting their article with one-on-one discussion and feedback from facilitator during the writing process.


Course outcomes

After completion of the course, the participant will have a completed article which can be submitted for consideration by the intended journal. Throughout the week:

  • Input is provided on each section of the article
  • Participants write the relevant section
  • Facilitator reads work and provides feedback
  • Participants redraft before writing the next section of the article

Course material
The course materials will be made available online at the start of the course. However, delegates are required to do an online orientation and some tasks, before the course starts on 02 August 2021. ​

Course format

  • Each day starts with a presentation that  will take place virtually on MS Teams promptly at 09:00, followed by writing and personal feedback sessions
  • We check in again at 14:00 each afternoon
  • Participants need to be available from 09:00 to 16:30 (excluding breaks and lunchtime) for the duration of the course
 

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Presenter​Prof Catherine Comiskey (Trinity College Dublin, Dublin University, Ireland)
​Duration
1 day orientation + 5 days​ course work
Orientation will take place on Friday, 30 July 2021 (45 minutes)
Course take place over the period 02 - 06 August 2021. Delegates will be expected to be available for the programme from 09:30 - 16:30 daily (excluding tea and lunch breaks).​
​CostEarly Bird: R6200 |​ Standard: R6700​​
SU staff and students paying by OE code/student account, retain the Early Bird price until bookings close.
​Requirements
Participants should have an interest in, and a basic knowledge of quantitative research.  This course will be most beneficial to those who have a specific research project planned in the area of prevention or intervention within a real world, natural science, engineering, community, education, social or healthcare setting. 
The course will be interdisciplinary and will focus on practical examples and workshops where students can develop their own project work with hands on input from the facilitator.

Delegates are expected to log in before the course commences to ensure that they have access to the module online, and can access the different sections and materials needed for the course. The online module will be open from 30 July - 07 August 2021, while the hands-on instruction will take place from 02 - 06 August 2021.
​Target audience
This course will benefit those who plan to undertake a PhD or research study using quantitative methods.
The facilitator will directly respond to the needs of the participants and the stage they are at in their research careers.

Course description

The following topics will be covered

  • The philosophical underpinnings of  quantitative research 
  • Choosing an appropriate quantitative study design from randomized control trials to  laboratory based experimental studies  to observational studies with plants, animals and people
  • Power analysis and identifying your key variable and choosing an appropriate sample size
  • Data collection methods and data types
  • Data analysis techniques for your data type, hypothesis testing correlation, t-tests, ANOVA, introduction to regression, Chi squared tests.
  • Considering novel quantitative approaches from multiplier methods and capture recapture techniques for prevalence estimation to modelling and simulation for decision making 
  • Writing a logical data analysis plan
  • Reporting on results and using writing guides (Consort guidelines and Strobe checklists)


At the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Describe the philosophical underpinnings of quantitative research
  • Defend their choice of study design and sample size.
  • Conduct a power analysis and decide how many cases/participants are required within a study
  • Write an appropriate data analysis plan including a statistical plan for their study design
  • Write a report on their study in line with the Consort or Strobe guidelines
  • Summarise and critically analyse  related studies
  • Appreciate additional novel approaches and know where to access additional  resources for their studies


The course material includes PowerPoint slides, assigned readings, exercises, videos, and other supplemental material.
The course materials will be made available online at the start of the course. However, delegates are required to do an online orientation and some tasks, before the course starts on 02 August 2021. 

Self-directed online lectures completed at your own speed, followed by real time, live and open online tutorial sessions for your questions  problem solving assistance group and individual presentations, exercises, and discussions. 
  • Please plan to allocate six to seven hours to the course so that we can cover stated topics and meet the course objectives. 


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PresenterProf Prof Wayne Babchuk (University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA), Ms Deb Skinstad (Stellenbosch University)
​Duration
1 day orientation + 2 days​ course work 
Orientation will take place on Monday, 09 August 2021 (45 minutes)
Course takes place from Tuesday 10 - Wednesday 11 August 2021. Delegates will be expected to be available for the programme from 09:30 - 17:00​ daily (excluding tea and lunch breaks).​
​CostEarly Bird: R2350 |​ Standard: R2800​​
​SU staff and students paying by OE code/student account, retain the Early Bird price until bookings close.​
​Requirements
Participants will focus on the theory and practice of grounded theory through interactive discussions and collaborative feedback using student exemplars to help guide instruction. Participants are encouraged to bring an idea or topic to the workshop they are interested in pursuing in more detail.

Delegates are expected to log in before the course commences to ensure that they have access to the module online, and can access the different sections and materials needed for the course. The online module will be open from 09 - 11 August 2021 while the hands-on instruction will take place from Tuesday 10​ - Wednesday 11 August 2021.
​Target audience
This course will benefit students interested in learning more about grounded theory methodology and those who are using it or intending to use it for their dissertation research or other research projects. The course will accommodate novice and more advanced grounded theorists as we move from theory to practice and incorporate numerous examples across disciplines and topic areas.

Course description
Grounded Theory Methodology Principles and Practices is a one-day course designed to introduce and further participants’ knowledge and application of this popular contemporary research design. Part 1 provides a foundational platform key to improving our understanding of grounded theory methodology theory and application including:
  • The history of grounded theory methodology over time and across disciplines;
  • The ethics of grounded theory research;
  • Core components of grounded theory methodology including constant comparison, theoretical sampling, theoretical saturation, use of literature, etc.;
  • Contemporary approaches to grounded theory methodology including grounded theory ethnography and mixed methods-grounded theory (MM-GT).
Part 2 focuses specifically on the hands-on practical application of grounded theory research and includes:
  • Basics of designing a grounded theory study;
  • Formulating grounded theory purpose statements and research questions;
  • Collecting data in a grounded theory study;
  • Data analysis in grounded theory;
  • Validity checks in grounded theory;
  • Writing/publishing a grounded theory study;
The course will draw from numerous exemplars of published research articles/texts and actual doctoral dissertation research supervised by the presenter. We will also focus upon the participants’ own research interests to provide collaborative feedback to help fine-tune students’ individual projects. The facilitator will also be available upon completion of the course (late afternoon) and via email to continue to provide feedback on students’ projects for those seeking additional guidance and instruction.

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the origins, leading scholars and traditions of grounded theory research;
  • Recognize important ethical issues in grounded theory research;
  • Identify the core components of grounded theory methodology;
  • Identify and distinguish among contemporary approaches to grounded theory including grounded theory ethnography and mixed methods-grounded theory;
  • Design grounded theory research studies;
  • Develop grounded theory data collection, analysis, and interpretation techniques;
  • Describe how validity, reliability, and generalizability are addressed in grounded theory research;
  • Write, evaluate, and publish grounded theory research studies.

The course material includes PowerPoint slides, assigned readings, exercises, videos, and other supplemental material.
The course materials will be made available online at the start of the course. However, delegates are required to do an online orientation and some tasks, before the course starts on Tuesday 10 August 2021. 

  • The course will be offered as a fully online, interactive course in the form of real-time webinar lectures, as well as structured group learning activities.
  • The course will run over two full days, and invites active engagement from participants in applying scenario planning as a method to enrich their research.
  • The facilitators will share core futures thinking and scenario planning concepts and lead interactive group discussions. Participants will also engage in small group exercises to practice using scenario planning tools.​
  • Delegates are expected to attend the full two days and participate in all course activities.





PresenterDr John van Breda (Centre for Sustainability Transitions, Stellenbosch University)
​Duration
1 day orientation + 2 days​ course work
Orientation will take place on Wednesday 11 August 2021 (45 minutes)
Course takes place from Thursday 12 - Friday 13 August 2021. Delegates will be expected to be available for the programme from 09:30 - 16:30 daily (excluding tea and lunch breaks).​
​Cost​Early Bird: R2350 |​ Standard: R2800​​
​SU staff and students paying by OE code/student account, retain the Early Bird price until bookings close.​
​Requirements
Participants should be post-graduate students / researchers.

Delegates are expected to log in before the course commences to ensure that they have access to the module online, and can access the different sections and materials needed for the course. The online module will be open from 11 - 13 August 2021, while the hands-on instruction will take place from Thursday 12 - Friday 13 August 2021.
​Target audience
This course will benefit delegates who are in the process of designing research projects for bringing about social change. 
​What to bring?
Delegates will maximise the utility of the course if they can use their own practical research designs.

Course description
This course introduces some of the key principles of narrative action research for conducting transformative transdisciplinary research.

After the course, delegates will be able to:

  • Better understand the logic, principles, and practices of narrative action research for transformative transdisciplinary research
  • Design their own narrative action research projects

The course material includes PowerPoint slides, assigned readings, exercises, and other supplemental material.
The course materials will be made available online at the start of the course. However, delegates are required to do an online orientation and some tasks, before the course starts on Thursday 12 August​ 2021. 

  • This course will involve a blend of online teaching and self-paced sessions. 
  • The online teaching will include the use of PowerPoint presentations to explain many of the key points. An array of writing resources will be given to each delegate. 
  • Please ​plan to allocate six to seven hours per day to the course so that we can cover stated topics and meet the course objectives.





PresenterProf Brigitte Smit (University of Alberta, Canada and University of Johannesburg)
​Duration
1 day orientation + 2 days​ course work
Orientation will take place on Wednesday 11 August 2021 (45 minutes)
Course takes place from Thursday 12 - Friday 13 August 2021. Delegates will be expected to be available for the programme from 09:00 - 16:0​0 daily (excluding tea and lunch breaks).​
​Cost​​Early Bird: R2350 |​ Standard: R2800​​
​SU staff and students paying by OE code/student account, retain the Early Bird price until bookings close.​
​Requirements
Participants should have downloaded the trial version of N​Vivo 12​, the day before the course starts. The trial version is valid for 14 days so please do not  download it too early.
The online module will be open from 11 - 13 August 2021, while the hands-on instruction will take place on Thursday 12 and Friday 13 August 2021.
​Target audience
This course will benefit delegates who wish to analyse qualitative data from their research project and/or research articles for their literature study.​
​What to bring?
Delegates will optimise the value of the course if they can use their own journal articles for analysis and have good internet access.​​

Course description

This course introduces some of the key functions of NVivo for qualitative data analysis and the literature study. This online course provides a focused introduction to qualitative data analysis and covers the key stages in the process, including coding and identifying patterns in your data.​

After the course, delegates will be able to:

  • Navigate around the NVivo interface
  • Set up and work with NVivo projects, including saving and backing up
  • Prepare, import, and work with data (specifically PDFs and Word documents)
  • Code data in NVivo, and choose a coding technique that is fit for the purpose
  • Use memos as a way of recording important project related information
  • Create folders
  • Perform keyword searches and look at how these apply to the data analysis process
  • Use reporting tools to extract critical data and other project related information.

The course material includes PowerPoint slides, assigned readings, exercises, videos, and other supplemental material.
The course materials will be made available online at the start of the course. However, delegates are required to do an online orientation and some tasks, before the course starts on Thursday 12 August 2021.

The course will  consist of live sessions and self-study/practice sessions: 
12 August 2021
09h00-11h00 Live session

  • Introducing CAQDAS and NVivo (slides)
  • The NVivo interface on WINDOWS
  • Introducing the demo project
  • Coding: Inductive and deductive reasoning
11h00-14h00 Lunch and self-study session
14h00-16h00 Live session
  • What is coding according to Saldaña? (slides)
  • Questions and answers
13 August 2021
09h00-11h00 Live session
  • Coding the literature presentation (slides)
  • Creating a new project for a literature study
  • Coding the literature
  • Word lists; Word clouds; Networks
11h00-14h00 Lunch and self-study session
14h00-16h00 Live session
  • Students present their literature review projects
  • Questions and answers