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Data Collection – More Worries!

Mood: hug me hug me
Now Playing: Audio from my data collection

I’ve been trying to transcribe my data and also synchronize my videos. I find it easiest to synchronize my videos with audio using Dubit and inputting the wav file. Although got to use Audacity to convert the mp3 into a wav file – and it makes it huge! Dubit only uses wav files unfortunately.

Anyway, was trying to synchronize some audio and video this morning, when to my utmost horror I found that for two persons (one in GB5 and other in OB7), the audio was missing. Well, the audio wasn’t actually missing but rather there was a flat line for the participant and my audio was recorded. The beginning and ending of the participant’s audio was recorded it was just the middle. You know, the important bits where students were making the self-explanations! I think perhaps because the internet was so slow and using Skype when I clicked on screen capture with Camtasia, the audio stopped recording (that’s my conclusion at least!). 

Anyway, not sure what I should do now 😦 … I was just wondering if I could get around using just the written data and not the audio data for these two. I’m wondering if it will make a difference or whether I should just collect for two more people (but I don’t want to!!! – I’m fed up of data collection and I’m not certain Amalia would want to do anymore).

Transcribing itself is going pretty slow and that’s get me a bit frustrated especially with the need to write my ICME paper by the 20th April rather than the 1st June as was first advertised – it means I got to get it going pretty quickly!

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Back to work …

Mood:  cool
Now Playing: White Christmas (Dean Martin)
Topic: Data Collection
Well, after my Christmas break I’m back at the OU … whilst the Christmas break may seem long – I seemed to be occupied after New Years doing mostly my PhD work unfortunately (or fortunately). I collected two more observations – so got four more – but have decided to do back any observations where students scored less than 5 – because it’s skewing my data – so that is an additional 2 observations! Oh well, they would have to get done. Also, Allison have put me in touch with 2 students from Cambridge who would be willing to participate in the study – so that’s good. Although Amalia was suggesting that I collect data for the additional 2 persons who were UK students so, that might mean that I need 8 more observations – but would see what happens. I think what I could do for the 2 persons from the UK do the additional 2 observations (that will work as well since I wanted the additional students to do back glass-box and I’m missing glass-box observations for UK students) and let Amalia get me the other 4 and then proceed from there. That might be more useful.

Anyway, analyse my data for 32 students (although 1 will have to drop when I do my final analysis as I lost the voice data for him – got three additional from Trinidad but dropped J. from this analysis because her results were skewing my data) – but analysed it thoroughly – didn’t find any difference however – but will figure what to do about that at some later stage but did write some preliminary analysis and thoughts about it for my PME paper – not sure if it was enough – but will see the comments from the reviewers and see what happens.

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Data Collection woes continue

Mood:  a-ok
Now Playing: Thru my eyes (Phil Collins)
Topic: Data Collection
I’m off to a seminar in about 10 mins … so making a quick entry into this blog – since I have to 🙂 … anyway, bit frustrated last night as I lost one of my data collection – all because the broadband wasn’t working well and Skype decided to freeze my whole computer … so, had to manually turn my computer and in so doing losing all my data …. although just now I discovered the answers the participant placed into the Excel file is save – so in some sense that is great – but lost all the audio and video data and these are essential for the research – so I would just keep that extra data just in case there is something interesting in it. Anyway, last night thought I should ‘celebrate’ a bit – because no true PhD student should go through their research without at least losing one bit of data – and now I’ve done that – hopefully it would not happen again – or if it does – I can just take it as nonchalantly as I can.

I think I might be getting less and less undergrad students to participate as it is coming up to exams time … I just need 12 more … one dozen sounds a lot less than 36 … hopefully it would dwindle … got to call up the contacts here in the UK and see if I can get some students – because Allison said she could get some and probably I could send a link around the PGSS emailing list … anyway – taking it easy right now – since I got to analyse some of the data qualitatively and send of a report on Monday – haven’t even begun to transcribe as yet  … by some miracle it would get done by Monday … guess no cinema this week … well maybe one movie won’t kill me :D. 

Anyhow … having a problem with memory space in that computer – so needing to transfer stuff and share the around. I was trying to get it on the back-up server but it seems as if you are only allocated a certain amount of space (7GB) – my videos are alone about 27 GB … so, got to sort that storage problem out soon. Anyway, off to the seminar by Matthew Riddle who is doing something on methodology – hopefully it is interesting.

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14 participants!

Mood:  a-ok
Now Playing: Noise of the OU
Topic: Data Collection
Well, things are getting better on the data collection front. I have 14 participants so far …. still need another 22 … but let’s worry about that a little bit later.

Here are the bigger worries – is trying to transcribe all of the data which I haven’t started but I think that’ll be a huge headache – but got to start sometime soon otherwise I’ll never do it.

On the other front – got my writing to get done which I’m never keen on … but in three weeks time got to submit my methodology chapter – which when I think about it … is quite long – and needs a lot of literature which I don’t quite have at the moment … so, got to work on that whilst transcribing and collecting data

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The Hunt for Participants Continues!

Mood:  a-ok
Now Playing: Another Day In Paradise (Phil Collins)
Topic: Data Collection
Well, again I’ve put up adverts on facebook … this time I’m trying on the marketplace for London, Manchester etc. (pay US$4 to advertise it in a noticeable place – this is just a test – just want to see if it will work) – if that fails got to go back to my flyers I guess.

And E. hasn’t replied me as yet – maybe she isn’t so keen in doing it again … feeling a bit as if this thing is running away with me again. Got to contact R. and see if he can get me some more participants. Got to be on the ball on this – otherwise this might stretch till Dec., and that won’t be good.

On a brighter note, I’ve made a really detailed plan on my thesis outline – so I really can see how the story can be told – just got to flesh it out now :D.

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Skype works!!!

Mood:  happy
Now Playing: When You Were Sweet Sixteen (Perry Como)
Topic: Data Collection
Well, after much worrying and testing (with Macs and PCs), changes in Ports … I’ve finally hit on the problem why I was unable to receive Skype video. As it seems, when I upgraded Skype, it seems that caused me not to receive video … but once I downgraded it work. And just in time as well!!

I have data collection this afternoon with a student from Bristol … but I do so need more undergraduate students from the UK … if anyone is reading out there – HELP ME!! I thought the 10 pound voucher was sufficient incentive but it seems it wasn’t – well at least not for the facebookers for whom I’ve been advertising constantly with … I got to try some other forums.

 I’m going to advertise again sometime next week … hopefully I can get some. I’ve only got 3 proper data collections and I need to get 33 more … I’ve still got one to finish off from E., so that will make it 4. So, need to just talk to her and see what happens. Also, got to see whether Amalia and Ritchie would try and get some more for me. Should be testing the webcam and application sharing with Amalia today in UWI. Because she said she might be able to get some from there for me. So, we’ll see

Updated (Fri, 22nd Feb, 2008): It seems a lot of people are coming to this post as it relates to why their skype video isn’t working. Just to let you know when I downgrading I went almost to the beginning when they first put in skype video, so a version 2.0 worked for me (can’t remember the actual one – will check back and update accordingly – it’s on another computer but suggest 2.0.0.97). You can find older versions of Skype at oldapps. I was using a version newer than the 3.0 when I encountered the problem – I’m not sure what causes the problem!

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