Category: Data Analysis

Trainings for Mac NVivo now available

July 15th, 2014 in Announcements, Data Analysis, NVivo

Boston University now offers introductory trainings for the Mac version of NVivo qualitative data analysis software. If you’ve been interested in qualitative data analysis but don’t know where to begin, we’ll show you where to start. We have scheduled trainings on August 12 and August 20 to start; you can sign up via IS&T’s training calendar site. More trainings will come available.

We are still holding Windows intro trainings as before, which you can also sign up for via the training calendar.

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Commercial release of NVivo for Mac

June 10th, 2014 in Announcements, Data Analysis, NVivo

The full commercial (stable, non-beta) release of NVivo is now available for the Mac. It includes features not found in the beta, such as word-frequency queries. Members of the BU community may download it and get a licence to activate it from the NVivo TechWeb page.

The Windows version contains the ability to convert files from Windows to Mac. If you had the Windows version and no longer intend to use it, please deactivate your Windows licence so that we have an accurate count of licences in use.

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NVivo training page

May 6th, 2014 in Announcements, Data Analysis, NVivo

QSR Software, makers of NVivo, has developed an Education Center for BU with videos and other training resources – for the new NVivo for Mac as well as NVivo for Windows.

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NVivo for Mac beta is available!

March 13th, 2014 in Announcements, Data Analysis, NVivo

Exciting news for Mac users working with NVivo: the beta of NVivo for Mac has been released! You can download the beta version from the QSR company’s website. Because it is a beta, you do not need to enter a licence key; the beta is free for everyone and will operate until June, when the full release version is released. You will need to download a licence key from BU to operate the full release version; we will make that available when the version comes out.

Please bear in mind two important cautions about this current Mac version. First, it is a beta test version; that means you can expect some bugs. Make sure to back up all sensitive data regularly; if reliable operation is crucial to work, you should probably wait until the full version is available, and use the Windows version in the meantime. Second, because it is being built from scratch, even the release version will not have the full functionality of the Windows version to start with, though the intent is to add this in. More

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Webinar: Using NVivo as a research tool

January 31st, 2014 in Announcements, Data Analysis, NVivo

QSR, the makers of NVivo, invite you to a complimentary webinar about using NVivo as a research tool. NVivo is software, available free of charge to the entire BU community, that helps you organize, capture, manage, explore and understand your unstructured qualitative and mixed methods data, like interviews, survey responses, website data, images, videos and social media posts, enabling you to uncover new insight and easily share your findings, individually or as part of a team.

This live webinar will provide an overview of what NVivo can do so you will have the knowledge to:

  • set up a project
  • import your text data
  • organize your content
  • begin the coding process to assist in identifying possible themes, topics and trends

To register just select one of the following dates from the list below. It’s that easy!

Date                              3:00 PM – 4:00 PM       7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

February 6, 2014        Register                         Register

February 13, 2014      Register                         Register

February 20, 2014      Register                         Register

QSR also offers many other free webinars.

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NVivo license renewals now available

December 13th, 2013 in Announcements, Data Analysis, NVivo

If you’ve been using NVivo through BU over the past few months, you may have noticed that current NVivo licenses will be expiring in just over a month. Renewal licences are now available to all BU users: just go to the NVivo TechWeb page, scroll down and click “Renew/Replace A License”, and follow the instructions. Your new license will be good for another year, and similar instructions will be available the next time the licenses turn over.

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Qualtrics: an easy online tool for surveys

July 12th, 2013 in Announcements, Data Analysis, Qualtrics, Scanning & Scoring

Boston University has something new to offer those who use a survey tool to conduct research or course evaluations, offer tests and quizzes, get student feedback, and analyze data.   A group of IT Partners from SED, CAS, ENG, SMG, and BUMC, together with IS&T, have purchased a site license for Qualtrics, a highly advanced yet easy to use survey tool.  This means you should not have to pay for your own or a department survey tool license as long as the site license is renewed.  It’s provided at no charge — to students, faculty, staff, students, even guests sponsored by a department.

To access Qualtrics, visit www.bu.edu/qualtrics and enter your BU login name and Kerberos password.  On-line, you can create a survey, collaborate with others in and outside the University, distribute to anonymous or invited participants, view results, and build reports. Response has been very good.  It’s a simple and productive tool.  Introductory courses are now offered; you can sign up online.

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Scanning and scoring services available

July 5th, 2013 in Announcements, Data Analysis, LXR, Scanning & Scoring

BU offers a scanning and scoring service for a variety of paper-based needs including course evaluations, surveys and exam scoring, as well as data collection and professional form design. The scanning and scoring staff’s mission is to collect, analyze and report all these varieties of data in a manner that is effective, timely and accurate.

BU’s high-speed OPSCAN scanners can read both ink (black or blue) and pencil marks (#2). Quizzes and midterm exams are processed within 48 hours. Final exams are guaranteed to be processed within 24 hours, including item analysis and statistics. Scores can be provided via email.

Reports from course evaluations and surveys are generally available two to three weeks after receiving the evaluation or survey package, and within a week for data collections. Raw data and results can be provided electronically in database-compatible format for your own analysis. The scanning and scoring service also offers its extensive experience in forms design and scanning projects; its staff can assist you in tailoring forms that are intuitive and will accurately capture data needed for a project.

The Scanning Service is available to BU faculty, researchers, staff and departments, and can also be requested by outside clients or institutions. The cost varies by service. Visit links to learn more about BU scanning services in general, or specifically about test scoring, course evaluations, surveys and data collection, or custom form design.

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Upcoming NVivo webinars

May 31st, 2013 in Announcements, Data Analysis, NVivo

In the coming months, BU Educational Technology, Training and Outreach plans to offer free training workshops on NVivo open to all interested BU faculty, staff and students. But if you can’t wait, or you’d like to focus more deeply on particular advanced topics, you may be inerested to know that QSR International (the creators of NVivo) have a special offer on paid online training webinars in June. If you enroll in one, you can enroll in a second of similar duration at half price.

90-minute workshops on special topics are $125 per course, or $95 for students. If you enroll in any one, you may enroll in a second at half price. (This applies only to purchases made between now and June 30.)

Six-hour workshops are offered over the course of one week, Mon-Wed-Fri, 2 hours each day. The cost of each workshop is $325, or $295 for students. Enroll in Essentials, and enroll in Further Analysis at half price. (This applies only to purchases made between now and June 30.)

  • NVivo Essentials: A basic introduction to NVivo that will provide you with the fundamental information and practice you need to get started with your own project.
  • Further Analysis in NVivo: Go beyond the basics to asking questions of your data and your analysis using categorical date like demographics, grouping tools, coding queries and visualizations.

You can view a full schedule of upcoming sessions online. To register, call 617 491 1850 x106, register online or download a fax registration form.

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NVivo qualitative data analysis software available campuswide

February 26th, 2013 in Announcements, Data Analysis, NVivo

Good news for social scientists: NVivo, the software package for qualitative and mixed-methods social-scientific research, is now available free of charge to all BU faculty, staff and students. NVivo allows you to take verbal interview data and use your computer’s power to analyze it for subtle trends and patterns. You can now go to the NVivo page on TechWeb and download the software to your computer. The page also provides links to the NVivo company’s supporting documentation.

For the moment, NVivo is only available for Windows. The company has promised a Mac version for fall 2013. In the meantime, NVivo will run on a Mac in virtual Windows emulation software like Boot Camp, Parallels Desktop, or VMware Fusion.

You should feel welcome to use NVivo in your classes. However, if you wish to use NVivo in a class with more than a handful of students, we request that you contact us at the Help Center so that we can add their additional licences without interruptions in availability.

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