African Institute for ATLAS.ti established: A Model for Culturally Appropriate Learning and Research Support Services
Initiated by the African Doctoral Academy in collaboration with ATLAS.ti, the African Institute for ATLAS.ti (AIA) was officially launched at the 5th Annual Summer School in Research Methods at Stellenbosch University, in South Africa, in January 2014.
The African Institute for ATLAS.ti aims to support the development of African academics and researchers by providing high quality learning services and products in a culturally appropriate manner. By doing this, the Institute will serve as a model of how ATLAS.ti can be adjusted to unique academic research.
ATLAS.ti is thus further expanding its global presence and at the same time is capable to offer training adapted to regional contexts. Although independent, the AIA will coordinate closely with the Training & Partnership Development area of the company, which will allow serving African ATLAS.ti users in the best possible way.
The AIA was initiated and is directed by Dr. Lauren Wildschut, the first accredited ATLAS.ti Master trainer in Africa. Dr. Wildschut received training from Dr. Susanne Friese, a leading international expert and certified ATLAS.ti trainer.
Dr. Wildschut said the following about the AIA:
“The AIA represents my vision to build capacity in qualitative researchers in data analysis on the African continent. Among other things, the AIA will be a vehicle through which we can assist those doctoral students who are faced with the challenges of qualitative data analysis, including the daunting task of literature reviews.”
The African Institute for ATLAS.ti is the fruit of a long and successful collaboration between ATLAS.ti and the African Doctoral Academy. Under the leadership of Dr. Susanne Friese, ATLAS.ti has contributed to the Academy through a series of successful summer schools. This year’s Summer School brought to Stellenbosch 119 delegates from across the African continent and other parts of the world as well.
For more information, please contact Dr. Ricardo Contreras at [email protected] or visit the Institute website at: http://sun.ac.za/english/entities/ada/aia/Pages/default.aspx