Category: Data Analysis
The new version of NVivo is now available! The new NVivo for Mac now allows you to import pictures and code regions of the picture (allowing you to code handwritten data, among other things), and allows you to import social-media data from Facebook and Twitter. The new NVivo 11 for Windows has a simplified query interface similar to the Mac version, and new tools for diagrams and mental maps. It is available in a “Starter” version that removes from features for a simpler interface, as well as the “Pro” version most similar to previous versions. You can switch back and forth between the Starter and Pro versions at any time. (A “Plus” version with additional features has also been introduced, but is not part of BU’s NVivo agreement.) The QSR company website has a comparison of the various versions.
The company has provided a guide to what’s new in NVivo 11 and in the new NVivo Mac. You can download the latest versions from the NVivo TechWeb page. We recommend backing up your project files before installing NVivo 11.
BU IS&T is happy to announce that we have moved up to a site-wide, unlimited-user licence for NVivo, our software for qualitative data analysis. Formerly, we were limited to 500 licences. It is now available to the entire community, and you should feel free to download it as many times as you like as long as you remain affiliated with BU. We highly encourage you to inform your students about Nvivo as well.
IS&T ETTO is exploring the possibility of a user group for faculty and staff working with NVivo, and perhaps other data-analysis software such as Qualtrics, to meet and share ideas and experiences. We’re trying to gauge interest in this possibility. If you think you might be interested, please take our survey and let us know what you think.
If you’re thinking about adopting NVivo in your classes, you can download the NVivo Teacher’s Guide from the official NVivo website. It contains modules introducing various aspects of NVivo to students, such as working with interviews and working with PDFs.
QSR International, the makers of NVivo, will be providing a free March 9 teaching session at BU built around the NVivo Teacher’s Guide. This resource is used by professors worldwide. To enhance the experience for both you and your students, QSR International is offering a more in-depth look into the pedagogy behind the guide as well as possible implementation options.
The NVivo Teacher’s Guide is designed by an educator to make it easier for teaching staff to incorporate NVivo into higher education coursework, and flexible enough to fit various teaching styles, approaches and disciplines. Delivered modularly, you can choose to work with the resources that best suit your course. And, each module is accompanied by a ready-to-go NVivo project, enabling practical learning. The currently available modules are built around NVivo 10 for Windows.
This session will be led by Dr. Stuart Robertson, the developer of The NVivo Teacher’s Guide. More
Interested in capturing your lectures on video? The University of Ottawa is hosting a free webinar on the lessons from their more than six years’ experience with lecture capture technology, and from their use of learning analytics. The webinar will be September 23 at 2pm EDT. Their press release promises to discuss the following:
- How a single early adopter transformed a lecture capture experiment into a world-class operation reaching more than 15,000 users per term, with an 88% satisfaction rate
- See how lecture capture can help low-achieving students improve outcomes by as much as half a letter grade
- Find out how video usage analytics reveals the differences between “deep learners” and “surface learners” in their study habits
- The secret to inspiring a +90% class participation rate and the drastic post-test learning gains resulting from active learning
uOttawa uses the same Echo360 technology we use at BU, so their lessons are likely to be directly applicable. Register to participate in the event.
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.
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.
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