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[Graphic: Exploring online research methods] Exploring online research methods in a virtual training environment

A team of researchers at the University has been awarded an ESRC grant of £100,361 to develop a resource aimed at providing training in virtual research methods 

Clare Madge of the Department of Geography, Henrietta O’Connor from the Centre for Labour Market Studies and Jane Wellens from the University’s Learning and Teaching Unit will begin work on the project, which has been funded as part of the ESRC’s Research Methods Programme, in May 2004. 

The aim of the project is to provide the first training package in online research methods. Given the growth and impact of the Internet in recent years, the value of online methodologies is increasingly recognized by social scientists.

The training package will act as a self-supporting online resource, which will enhance understating of both the theoretical and practical aspects of online research methods, including web-based questionnaires and virtual interviews. The team hopes that the final product will be used by established academics, postgraduates, undergraduates and non-academic users working in the social science field. 

For more information about the project please contact Clare Madge,

As part of the wider Research Methods Programme, the ESRC is holding a Research Methods Festival at St Catherine's College, Oxford, July 1-3, 2004. The Festival aims to provide an opportunity to explore new research methods and to stimulate interdisciplinary debate and networking in a relaxed and informal setting, for both researchers and research students. There is a reduced daily rate of only £10 for postgraduate students.  More information about the festival can be found at

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