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Introduction to ATLAS.ti Qualitative Data Analysis Software (Windows v. 7)

Friday, Oct. 7–8 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

This two-day workshop is designed for new and experienced researchers who have a basic foundation in qualitative methods and would like to learn how to use ATLAS.ti qualitative data analysis (QDA) software to its fullest potential. Participants will be introduced to the principles of five-level QDA for "harnessing ATLAS.ti powerfully" (Woolf & Silvers, forthcoming).

The workshop will start with a comprehensive overview of how ATLAS.ti has been designed and how it works, followed by hands-on activities designed to teach straightforward and sophisticated uses of the software. By the end of the two days, participants will be able to use ATLAS.ti powerfully by organizing, exploring, analyzing, and interrogating a variety of data types.


Day 1

  • Organizing data (creating the project file and managing data documents effectively)
  • Exploring data (using quotations to maximum benefit, scoping the data through auto-coding, word-cruncher, object crawler, and other text-searching tools)

Day 2

  • Analyzing through writing (maximizing your use of the comment and memo tools)
  • Analyzing through conceptualizing (creating a meaningful code structure and understanding hyperlinks and networks)
  • Interrogating the data (retrieving codes through queries and supercodes, creating outputs, and engaging in visual interrogation methods)


  • No previous experience with ATLAS.ti is necessary; however, a basic knowledge of Windows is required. The workshop will be demonstrating the Windows version of ATLAS.ti version 7, which is available for your use on the computers in the River's Crossing lab where the workshop will be held. (If you are a Mac user, please contact Dr. Trena Paulus, instructor, for more information about the Mac version of ATLAS.ti.)
  • Participants are encouraged to come with their own data
  • All readings and handouts (e.g. analytic planning worksheets) will be provided to participants prior to the workshop
  • Registration is limited to 15 participants


Registration starts at 8:30 a.m., sessions are from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. each day.

Workshop Instructor

Trena Paulus, Ph.D., is a professor of qualitative research methods in the department of lifelong education, administration, and policy. She is a certified professional trainer for ATLAS.ti and co-author of Digital Tools for Qualitative Research (Sage Publications, 2014.) Paulus has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles on topics related to qualitative research, computer-mediated communication, and online learning. She teaches courses and advises graduate students on qualitative research methods, digital tools for qualitative research, and language-based analysis of online data. She regularly consults and provides workshops on the use of digital tools in a variety of research contexts in the U.S. and internationally.

For more information about the workshop, please contact workshop instructor Trena Paulus


Registration Fee: $435 (includes instructional materials, parking pass, refreshment breaks, and lunch each day)

Registration Deadline: Sept. 26

Cancellation and Refund Policy: All cancellations must be submitted via email by Sept. 30 in order to receive a full refund. Cancellations after this deadline are non-refundable. If cancellation is not made by the deadline, and you are not able to attend, you or your organization are still liable for payment.


River's Crossing
Room: 143
850 College Station Road
Athens, Georgia 30602