When I started out with Nvivo three years ago, little did I realise that it would set me on the path of teaching other people too. The success of my M.Ed data analysis led my previously sceptical supervisor to ask if I would teach it to other History Education post-graduate students. Of course I was delighted! I love technology, I love teaching, and I love teaching about Holocaust education. To be able to combine them into one package was a great opportunity.
Although I’ve previously given short introductory lectures on using Nvivo, this will be my first venture into a full-day workshop. I have to say – it’s rather daunting. Will I have enough material to keep everyone occupied for a full day? How successful will switching between my PowerPoint presentation and Nvivo be? And do I really know enough of the answers to the questions they might ask? I keep reassuring myself that I’ve been working with it longer than they have, but these self-platitudes are cold comfort at this stage. All I can really hope for is that everyone goes away feeling enriched in some way and empowered to work with the software for their own data analysis.
I’ve prepared handouts, a course outline, my PowerPoint presentation and sent out the sample data. It’s a bit like making a cake – I’ve put in all the ingredients and now only time will tell if everything comes together successfully!