Update – Coding

In the last week, I purchased and downloaded nVivo 12 Pro, for the student price. After installing the software on my computer and verifying the license, I attempted to upload the files from the final reflections of my Fall 2017 students. In doing so, I learned that nVivo will not allow me to upload the PowerPoint files that most of my students used. I immediately began to open each PowerPoint file to convert it to a PDF, which is accepted by nVivo. After I completed this, I realized that I should have looked for a script to convert these files in a batch process, and will consider this for any future conversions for more than a few files.

I then looked for a way to keep all of these final multimodal reflections in nVivo as a group and settled on the Sets feature. I still need to look up the difference between Sets and Cases, but I believe a Case would be more appropriate for the work of an individual students, perhaps for those that I interviewed.

The first file I opened for coding seemed to elude my analysis, so I went on to the next file. I started a little more conservatively with my coding, but by the time I finished, I had coded virtually all of the text in the file, sometimes applying more than one code for a word or phrase. This took longer than I expected, probably two hours, and I had to continue the next day to complete the last paragraph. I then used the nVivo Memo function to write out my thoughts about the coding process, but this seems to have been lost.

In my final summary of codes from this first file, I created 45 codes with 172 references within the file. The following list includes all codes that occurred 5 times or more. Those that are in all lower-case letters are “in vivo” codes, that is, the same as the word that appeared in the text. The codes that begin with upper-case letters are descriptive codes.

creativity 5
Ease 5
Choices 6
Agency 6
Example – Graphic – student project 6
Student reporting voice 7
Graphic example – described 7
Resources 11
Process 11
writing 12
Genre 14
audience 19

A couple of the codes I did not anticipate in the above list are “Ease” and “Student reporting voice.” The “Ease” code refers to sections where the student talked about the process of writing being easier in some way. I used the “Student reporting voice” to indicate places where the student described activities he was asked to do as part of an assignment. This contrasts “Agency” to some extent, and these sections of his reflection suggest a passivity. I am interested in seeing how other reflections will compare to this.