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 to work on.
Training workshops typically run two days. In our experience, one day is not sufficient to cover all of 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
Components of Transana
The Transana Analytic Model
Bringing Data Into Transana
Adding Text Data
Adding Media Data
Transcription an an Analytic Act
Analyzing Data I
Collections and Keywords
Adding Still Image Data
Analyzing Data II
Transana's Filter Dialogs
Multiple Simultaneous Transcripts
Multiple Simultaneous Media Files
Multiple Simultaneous Users
Collecting and preparing video data 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:
Hmmm… I don’t think that it can be adequately taught/learned in a single day.
There is very good support in the tutorial and online, so perhaps it would not be a disaster to give a whirlwind tour and just make sure that everyone knows where to get the real practice.
I think the workshop requires at least two days. ... In fact, I would have liked a 3rd day to work with my own data.
"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 an Associated Researcher in Science Education to ICAR Laboratory http://icar.univ-lyon2.fr. She is also a Research Engineer: consulting, training and innovation about complex corpora in the domain Social and Human Sciences. Zeynab is now the official trainer of Transana for both French and Arabic communities.