University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education

Flux Methodology: Qualitative Research During COVID-19

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Monday, August 10, 2020 - Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Penn GSE Virtual Institutes bring Penn's faculty and resources to teachers, educators and leaders across the globe. In these innovative professional learning modules, participants engage in real-time, online group sessions as well as reflect and learn at their own pace in asynchronous sessions. Institutes typically span three consecutive half days, allowing participants to accelerate their learning while continuing to fulfill their professional obligations.

About the Program

The Flux Methodology: Qualitative Research During COVID-19 Institute, led by internationally renowned qualitative methodologist Dr. Sharon Ravitch, engages novice, early career, and advanced researchers in exploring the possibilities and constraints in qualitative research caused by COVID-19.

Developed for individuals who are working in organizational and community contexts across education, psychology, and business - as well as the humanities and social sciences more broadly - this Institute engages participants in learning how to reconceptualize and revise their research designs and methods choices related to data collection and analysis.


Through active group discussions and individualized assignments, participants will engage in hands-on, solution-focused, collaborative, and person-centered work, to explore the possibilities and constraints in qualitative research caused by COVID-19.

What You'll Gain
  • Understand how to conduct research in organizations in flux
  • Practice speaking the language of complex adaptive and emergent design research, revising research designs, and recalibrating data collection and analysis plans
  • Learn about online participatory and multimodal research methods

Who Should Enroll
  • Qualitative and mixed methods researchers
  • Novice and early career researchers
  • Full-time and executive doctoral students involved in research
  • Academics
  • Learning leaders at NGOs
  • Educators interested in conducting educational research

Key Topics
  • Researcher agility in complex systems and moments
  • Research design pivots
  • Emergent design research ethics and practices
  • Online data collection methods and strategies
  • Participatory and multimodal research methods
  • Online collaboration and dialogic engagement techniques


Dr. Sharon Ravitch

Professor of Practice

Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Division

Principal Investigator, Semillas Digitales Initiative

Co-Founder, Penn's Inter-American Educational Leadership Network
Penn Graduate School of Education


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3 days



Daily synchronous sessions: 4:00–7:00pm ET

Asynchronous pre- and post-session work: 2 hours per day


Standard rate: $600
Early bird rate: $450.00*
Group rate: $450.00 per person**

*Early bird rate available until 7/13/2020
**Group rate available for 4+ from the same organization. Click here to request a group rate.



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Cancellation and Refund Policy

If you have to cancel your registration prior to the program's start date, you will receive a fee credit, valid for one year, for a future Penn GSE Virtual Institute. If Penn GSE must cancel your registration, we will refund your payment in full, or you may request a fee credit as above.