Qualitative analysis software for video and audio data  
Developed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Education Research  

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Upcoming Training Workshops

January 24th, 2014 CAQDAS Networking Project, Guildford, England

Transana Training Workshop
Getting Started with Software
and Early Analysis

The one day workshop provides the opportunity to gain a thorough overview to  Transana and practice tasks using sample data. The focus is on gaining confidence in the early tasks of setting up projects efficiently, transcribing, exploring and coding data whilst having an eye on longer term tasks.

March, 2014 The ICAR Laboratory, Lyon, France
The ICAR laboratory is providing training for both the French and forthcoming Arabic versions of Transana. Regularly scheduled workshops are available in French and Arabic in Lyon, France, but can also provide on-site Individual or group training on demand. For further information, please contact Zeynab Badreddine the official trainer for Transana in French and Arabic communities.
August, 2014 Wisconsin Center for Education Research, Madison, WI

Transana Training Workshop

This will be a full 2-day workshop covering all aspects of doing qualitative analysis of video and audio data with Transana. The workshop will be conducted by David Woods, Transana's lead developer.

This workshop is appropriate for beginning and intermediate Transana users.

More information about this workshop will be available as the date draws nearer.

Please contact David if you'd like to host a Transana Training Workshop, either privately or open to the public. If you would like to open your session to the broader Transana community, I will be happy to post information about it on this page, as well as sending an e-mail to the Transana mailing list.

Training Workshops by David Woods, Transana's Developer

The training workshops we conducts are highly interactive and provide ample opportunity for hands-on practice. It is therefore essential that each participant have a computer during the workshop. We will provide a training data set, although we also encourage participants to bring their own video or audio files, in a Transana-friendly format, to work on.

Training workshops typically run two days. In our experience, one day is not sufficient to cover Transana adequately, while two days allows for ample practice of all basic skills and an introduction to more advanced topics.

In a typical training session, we cover the following topics:

  • An Introduction to Transana

  • Transcription as an analytic act

  • Identifying and selecting analytically interesting video segments

  • Manipulating analytic collections

  • Keywords and coding

  • Making sense of coded data : reports, maps, and graphs

  • Searching, data-mining, and hypothesis-testing

  • Multiple simultaneous transcripts, multiple simultaneous media files, multiple simultaneous users, and other advanced topics

  • Using Transana for presentations and case development

  • Collecting video data, and the manipulation of video for use in Transana.

We generally assume that training participants are familiar with qualitative methodologies prior to the beginning of training. Familiarity with Transana is not required.

Is a one-day workshop possible?

I haven't offered a single-day workshop in many years. My feeling is that there is too much to learn, and it's of sufficient complexity that a single day would not really be adequate.

However, in the spirit of data-driven decision-making, I put the question of whether it could be done to the participants in a recent two-day workshop class.  One participant noted that a one-day workshop would be "more convenient," but the majority of the comments were not favorable:

"Perhaps it would not be a disaster" doesn't exactly instill me with confidence in the one-day option. 

If your group is accomplished in manipulating media files, putting data into Transana, and transcribing, I might consider a one-day "analysis-only" workshop for non-beginners. Otherwise, I consider the concept of a one-day Transana training workshop to be penny-wise but pound-foolish.

Official Transana Trainers

David Woods, Ph.D.
David is Transana's Lead Developer. He is a Researcher at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in the USA. He's provided Transana workshops all over the world ranging from two to five days in length.

Paul Dempster, Ph.D.
Paul Dempster is currently emplyed by the NHS in Newcastle in the UK. He has conducted Transana Training Workshops with international audiences, and provides methological consultation regarding new features for Transana.

Christina Silver, Ph.D.
Christina manages the CAQDAS Networking Project and has been working with Transana for many years. The project runs scheduled Transana workshops during the year, in Guildford UK, or contact Christina to arrange a bespoke onsite workshop.

Zeynab Badreddine, Ph.D.
Zeynab is a research engineer, responsible of the Complex Corpora Team (consulting, training and innovation about complex corpora in the domain Social and Human Sciences) in the ICAR laboratory in Lyon, France (http://icar.univ-lyon2.fr). Zeynab is now the official trainer of Transana for both French and Arabic communities.