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MHS Library | Extended Investigation (VCE)

Has my method changed?

Has covid effected part of my method data collection?

Does my method need to reflect this? In the method diagram? In the written description?

How do I phrase these changes positively (without the covid whinge)? To show I am a resilient researcher.

Tiong, W. N., & Sim, A. F. S. F. (2020). Web-based Seminar - New Source of Qualitative Data: Data Collection during the Pandemic of COVID-19. SEISENSE Journal of Management, 3(6), 50-64. doi: 10.33215/sjom.v3i6.477
(1) (PDF) Web-based Seminar -New Source of Qualitative Data: Data Collection during the Pandemic of COVID-19. Available from: [accessed Jul 21 2021].

This research supports collecting data by recording your Teams workshops/interviews/focus groups.

"Findings – Data derived from webinar sessions are consistent with the quantitative results, and the potential of its uses as a new research tool was discussed in detail. Policy Implications- The findings showed several practical implications that are potentially useful for researchers, academics, and business analysts to consider adopting webinar data as a new qualitative data collection method. Originality - This study documents the supporting evidence of the potential use of webinars as a useful tool to collect quality observation data."


Research methods to consider in a pandemic

"Since lockdown began, researchers have been discussing how best to change our methods. Of the ‘big three’ – questionnaires, interviews, and focus groups – only questionnaires are still being used in much the same way. There are no face-to-face interviews or focus groups, though interviews can still be held by telephone and both can be done online. However, doing research online comes with new ethical problems."

"Digital research or digital methods are terms that have come to encompass a wide range of methods united by their dependence on technology. Although this is the newest of the three approaches I’m covering today, it is also the most complex and changeable. Many pre-digital research methods can be adapted for use in digital ways, and the digital environment also enables the development of new research methods....

One thing to remember when doing digital research is that inequalities also exist in the digital environment; it is not a neutral space....

how can my research be done in a way that places the least burden on others? The methods introduced above all offer scope for conducting empirical research without requiring much input from other people. Right now, everyone is upset; many are worried about their health, income, housing, and/or loved ones; increasing numbers are recently bereaved. Therefore everyone is vulnerable..."

Kara, H. (2020, May 20). Research methods to consider in a pandemic. Helen Kara; Helen Kara.

Competing for student attention online

" Instead, they devised a novel method of holding these events online, taking care not to turn them into just another online class. They made good use of pre-event preparation options for participants, kept the participatory online sessions as short as possible, and offered incentives for attendance. This was a swift and resource-intensive process, yet early indications are that it was worthwhile. The first online event received high levels of participation, more geographical diversity than the researchers could have achieved with an offline event, and participants showed high levels of satisfaction."

How the pandemic has transformed research methods and ethics: 3 lessons from 33 rapid responses. (2020, October 26). Impact of Social Sciences.


How to get high school students online for your survey etc

Re-engaging Disconnected Students Online and at School: Focus on Intrinsic Motivation. (n.d.). Retrieved July 19, 2021, from

"From a psychological perspective, the essence of the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation is the degree to which human behavior is driven by personal needs..."

Scroll down and read p.8

Maximising participation through use of social media

"I know we got a lot of questions about how to maximize data collection or how to make sure that you're getting as many participants as possible. A couple of ideas here, first of all, my next slide will include a list of resources, but one of those... it's a Facebook discussion forum...  how they could maximize data collection and a lot of folks said they had success with things like Reddit which might be a very creative way of garnering a pretty large population." 

American Psychological Association. (2020). Adapting Your Research Methods in Response to COVID 19 [YouTube Video]. In YouTube.

You do not have to listen to it all, the video link is here and the full transcript below