Category Archives: Research Methods

Using Microsoft Word to Automatically Transcribe Audio Files

I’ve been conducting interviews in my research for a very long time. And during that time the most laborious part of interviewing has always been transcribing. So, needless to say I was very excited when I discovered that Microsoft Word has a new function to automatically transcribe audio files!

All you need is an premium Microsoft Office365 account – it only works with the online version of Microsoft Word. Check out this short video which talks through how to use the feature.

I’ve already tested the feature and I was really impressed by how quickly the transcription took. Most importantly, I found that it was very accurate.

Have you tried this feature yet and did you find it to be accurate? I’d be really interested to hear your views.

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Conducting qualitative research via online platforms

Over the next few weeks I will be developing a number of resources on research methods to support some of my teaching. Given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic many of these resources will be about online research methods. I am adding them here so they are publicly accessible for anyone else to use.

This Twitter thread highlights a number of references relating to online qualitative methods.

More recently this tweet by Dr Sophie Yates has identified an excellent Google Document listing a wide range of sources on conducting online research:

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