Assess technology

Reporting interview results

STEP 7. Transcribe and analyze the data

Interviews generate large quantities of data and transcription typically takes four to six hours for each hour of speech, although using a transcription machine and having good typing skills can reduce the time. It is important, therefore, to have a clear plan to guide this phase of the study.  In addition, condensing, organizing, and making meaning of interviews is often the most time-consuming and expensive part of an evaluation. [more]  For a formal instructional technology assessment, the analysis is generally complex. [more]

STEP 8. Make conclusions

Evaluate the results by how well they answer the study's central questions. Drawing on repeating ideas and themes, determine the strengths and weaknesses of the instructional technology.  Also, make sure to consider student and instructor satisfaction with various aspects of the technology. To increase the study's reliability and validity, it can be helpful to verify your results by showing them to some of the interviewees and asking them if you have accurately recorded what they meant.  Conclusions for assessing instructional technology should inform any recommendations. [more]

STEP 9. Report results

To report qualitative results, present repeating ideas that lead to major themes that, in turn, inform conclusions and recommendations. [more]  For instructional technology assessments, the results may be reported informally to stakeholders or more formally in a presentation or written report. [more]

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