FIVE-LEVEL QDA

Online MAXQDA Tutorial

This page provides the step by step online tutorials for using the Five-Level QDA method with MAXQDA.  

These MAXQDA videos supplement our textbook Qualitative Analysis using MAXQDA: The Five-Level QDA method.  

 

They take the key learning points to bring the Five-Level QDA method to life and help you harness MAXQDA powerfully. 

 

Videos are organised as follows:


Component Orientation videos supplement the descriptions in Chapter 5 about how each MAXQDA component works - illustrating "what is going on" in the program.

 

The Case Illustration videos supplement the real-world projects described in Chapters 8 and 9 - demonstrating the stages, phases, and analytic tasks undertaken and how they were accomplished in MAXQDA.


The Harnessing Components videos supplement Chapter 6, demonstrating different ways that the MAXQDA components can be harnessed, and how Analytic Planning Worksheets have been designed and can be used. 

As well as these tutorials, we also provide tailored, face to face or online MAXQDA training for you, either individually, or for groups of researchers. Please see either our coaching or training pages for more information. 

 

Please note these videos are not intended as stand-alone instruction. They assume you have read the read the relevant sections referred to in the videos as the videos do not repeat this information. If you would like to order a book please see the Routledge website.

 

Five-Level QDA is a registered trademark. If you are an instructor and would like to use the videos in your courses to accompany the text, please get in touch.

Component Orientation Videos in MAXQDA (Ch 5)

These orientations supplement the descriptions in Chapter 5 about how each component works - they let you know "what is going on" in the program. When you need detailed information about operating the programme, you will then be well prepared to consult the latest version of the online MAXQDA Manuals.

Index of instructional videos (click title to jump to video): 

Component Orientation (Ch 5)

1.  Introduction to chapter 5

Watch this video first so you have an idea of what to expect from the Component Orientation videos

2. Illustration of components in Microsoft Word

A demonstration of what we mean by components, using the example of cut-and-paste in Microsoft Word. See Chapter 3, page 47, for a full discussion.

3. The MAXQDA interface

An introduction to the parts of the screen and how to navigate around them

4. Document

An introduction to DOCUMENTS, showing what different types of DOCUMENT look like and some of the actions that can be taken on them.

5. Document Groups & Document-Sets

An introduction to DOCUMENT-GROUPS and DOCUMENT-SETS, showing what they look like and some of the actions that can be taken on them

6. Segments

An introduction to SEGMENTS and some of the actions that can be taken on them

7. Code

An introduction to CODES, showing what they look like and where they are stored, different ways to create them, and some ways to visualise and interrogate CODES.

8. Coded Segments

A demonstration of how to create, store and retrieve CODED-SEGMENTS, as well as several different ways of interrogating them, using the coding query, matrix browsers and tables

9. Code-sets

An introduction to CODE-SETS: short-cut collections of CODES and shows the actions that can be taken on them.

10. Variable-values

An introduction to VARIABLE-VALUES, showing what they look like and some of the actions that can be taken on them.

11. Comment

A demonstration of COMMENTS, one of the writing spaces within the program.

12. Memo

An introduction to MEMOS, one of the writing spaces within the program

13. Summary

An introduction to SUMMARIES, showing what they look like and how to create and work with them.

14. Maps

A demonstration of MAPS and Creative Coding mode, as well as Models, which are a special type of MAP for visualising associations between components.

15. Charts

A demonstration of the Document Portrait CHART, the Codeline, the Document Comparison CHART, the Statistic of Document Variables CHART and the Statistic of Sub-codes CHART. Other videos in this series show other MAXQDA visualisations, including the Interactive Word Tree, Tag Clouds, Matrix Browsers and MAPS.

 

The Analytic Planning Worksheet (Ch 6)

16. The strategies levels of the Analytical Planning Worksheet 

A demonstration of the layout and workings of the Analytic Planning Worksheet, focusing on the strategies levels in the top sections of the Worksheet. 

17. The tactics levels of the Analytic Planning Worksheet

A demonstration of the translation of analytic tasks into software tactics, as described in Chapter 6

Case Illustrations (Ch 8 & 9)

 

18.  Introduction to chapters 8 & 9

19. Case illustration of a straightforward project: A literature review

A demonstration of a literature review intended for beginning researchers who may not yet have conducted their first research study or used MAXQDA

20. Case illustration of a sophisticated project: A thematic analysis

Demonstration videos 

Harnessing Components in MAXQDA

21. Introduction to Harnessing Component videos 

Watch this video first so you have an idea of what to expect from the Harnessing Component video. 

22. MAXQDA Code: contrasting uses 

Two real-world project examples to illustrate two contrasting ways of harnessing MAXQDA codes.

 
 
 

Introduction

Please watch this video first, so you know what to expect from the Component Orientation videos.

Illustration of components in Microsoft Word

This video demonstrates what we mean by components, using the example of cut-and-paste in Microsoft Word. See Chapter 3, page 47, for a full discussion.

 
 

The MAXQDA interface 

This video introduces the different parts of the screen and how to navigate around them. 

 

MAXQDA Document

This video introduces DOCUMENTS, showing what different types of DOCUMENT look like and some of the actions that can be taken on them.

 

MAXQDA Document-Groups and Document Sets 

This video introduces DOCUMENT-GROUPS and DOCUMENT-SETS, showing what they look like and some of the actions that can be taken on them.

 

MAXQDA Segments

This video introduces SEGMENTS and reviews component-specific actions relating to SEGMENTS.

 

MAXQDA Code

This video introduces CODES, showing what they look like and where they are stored, different ways to create them, and some ways to visualise and interrogate CODES.

 

MAXQDA Coded Segments

This video introduces CODED-SEGMENTS.

Part 1 shows creating, storing and simple retrieval of CODED-SEGMENTS.

Part 2 shows complex retrieval of CODED-SEGMENTS using the Coding Query.

Part 3 shows counting and comparing CODED-SEGMENTS using the Code Matrix Browser, Code Relations Browser and Crosstabs.

Part 4 shows other ways of interrogating CODED-SEGMENTS, using Typology Tables and Configuration Tables.

MAXQDA Code-Sets

This video introduces CODE-SETS, which are short-cut collections of CODES and shows the actions that can be taken on them.

 
 

MAXQDA Variable Values

This video introduces VARIABLE-VALUES, showing what they look like and some of the actions that can be taken on them.

 

MAXQDA Comment

This video introduces COMMENTS, one of the writing spaces within the program.

 

MAXQDA Memo

This video introduces MEMOS, one of the writing spaces within the program

 

MAXQDA Summary

This video introduces SUMMARIES, showing what they look like and how to create and work with them.

 

MAXQDA Maps

This video introduces MAPS.

 

Part 1 provides a general overview and introduces Creative Coding mode.

 

Part 2 introduces Models which are a special type of MAP for visualising associations between components.

 

MAXQDA Charts

This video introduces CHARTS.

Part 1 shows the Document Portrait CHART, the Code line and the Document Comparison CHART.

 

Part 2 shows the Statistic of Document Variables CHART and the Statistic of Sub-codes CHART.

 

Other videos in this series show other MAXQDA visualisations, including the Interactive Word Tree, Tag Clouds, Matrix Browsers and MAPS.

The Analytic Planning Worksheet (Ch 6)

The following resources supplement the section in Chapter 6 on how Analytic Planning Worksheets have been designed and are used:

An overview of the real-world research project (called the "DMO project") which is used to illustrate the following videos and the accompanying Analytic Planning Worksheets.

 
 

PART 1 - The strategies levels of the Analytic Planning Worksheet

This video demonstrates demonstrates the layout and workings of the Analytic Planning Worksheet, focusing on the strategies levels in the top sections of the Worksheet.

First please download and read the overview of the DMO project which is used in the following resources.

You can also download here a MS Word template of the Analytic Planning Worksheet which can be used as is, or adapted for your needs.

 

PART 2 - The tactics levels of the Analytic Planning Worksheet

This video focuses on the bottom sections of the Worksheet which facilitate the translation of analytic tasks into software tactics, as described in Chapter 6. 

Please download here the completed Analytic Planning Worksheet/MAXQDA for Phase 3 of the 'DMO project', which is illustrated in the following video.

MAXQDA Case Illustrations (Chs 8 & 9)

These videos are a supplement to the cases illustrations in Chapters 8 and 9. The videos demonstrate the stages, phases, and analytic tasks described in the chapters.

 
 

Introduction

Please watch this video first, so you know what to expect from the Case Illustration videos

 

Case illustration of a straightforward project: A literature review

The five demonstration videos bring to life the whole project stage by stage. 

 

We assume that you have watched the Component Orientation videos and read the description of the project in Chapter 8 because the demonstrations do not repeat this information.

 

This series of videos illustrate MAXQDA 18.

 

Case illustration of a sophisticated project: A thematic analysis

The four demonstration videos bring to life the whole project stage by stage. We assume that you have watched the Component Orientation videos and read the description of the project in Chapter 9 because the demonstrations do not repeat this information.

 

The two translation videos demonstrate in detail the translation process for two of the analytic tasks listed in Chapter 9, and include a dialogue with the case contributor, Christian Schmeider, about the pros and cons of how the project was conducted in MAXQDA. The associated Analytic Planning Worksheets are downloadable below as PDFs. 

 

Because there are always different ways to fulfill an analytic task, the two translation videos also demonstrate contrasting ways to translate the same analytic task, and we discuss the pros and cons of each way. 

 

These two translation videos and their accompanying PDFs will be available soon. Please contact us here if you would like to be informed when these videos are added. 

Harnessing Components in MAXQDA 

This is the final set of videos that is the culmination of the instruction.

Each video demonstrates different ways that the same component can be harnessed. The accompanying PDFs provides the Analytic Planning Worksheets for the demonstrated analytic tasks (see Chapter 6 above for a refresher on Analytic Planning Worksheets).

 
 

Introduction

This video sets out the objectives for this section of the videos.

 

MAXQDA Code: contrasting uses

This video refers to Chapter 9, which we recommend you read before watching. Click here if you would like to download the Mini-Case description of the other project discussed in this video. 

Many thanks to Daniel Rasch and Christian Schmeider for making their projects available to us to produce this video.

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