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Cardiff ESRC Researcher Development Initiative - Training Researchers in Online Research Methods Project

Starts: 13 February 2008

The Training Researchers in Online Research Methods (TRI-ORM <>)project (part of the ESRC Researcher Development Initiative) will be running a one day workshop An Introduction to Online Research Methods in Cardiff on Wednesday 13th February 2008.

The workshop will introduce participants to a selection of online research methods. The focus will be on online questionnaires and virtual interviews. The workshop will cover theoretical, methodological and ethical issues and will involve a range of hands-on activities.

By the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • Describe a range of online research methods;
  • Outline why online research methods are useful for social science, medical and educational research;
  • Discuss some key ethical and methodological issues surrounding the use of online research methods;
  • Identify if, and how, online methods are of value in their own research;
  • Access web-based resources and support materials to further develop their skills and knowledge in online research methods and teaching online research methods;
  • Develop a basic online questionnaire; and
  • Experience a short online interview.

Target Audience 

The workshop will be useful for any researchers considering the use of online research methods and those wishing to gain practical hands-on-experience in the use of online research methods.

It is particularly targeted at social science, medical and educational researchers with little or no prior knowledge of online research methods including:

  • Established researchers
  • Junior researchers
  • Research assistants
  • Research supervisors
  • Postgraduate students
  • University administrators
  • Those involved in teaching research methods (i.e. 'training the trainers')
  • Non-academic users.

Further details can be found at:

The project has also recently established a Blog on the Exploring Online Research Methods Website which provides the latest information about the project and information about Online Research Methods more generally.

There is also a social networking space at designed to enable researchers with an interest in using online research methods to share information and experiences.



Name:Clare Madge, University of Leicester

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