NCSU Qualitative Education Research Lab (QERL)
Our new state-of-the-art facility provides researchers several options when deciding on how to record student interviews. Two rooms (Riddick 214/216) are dedicated to small researcher-student interviews with ceiling mounted Standard-Definition or High-Definition cameras. The rooms are equipped with sound buffering panels and wall-mounted whiteboards, table-top portable whiteboards, table-top conference microphones, and ethernet access. Unobtrusive observation of the interview from the Observation room is possible through a one-way mirror.
Riddick 222 is designed for researchers studying students interacting in a group setting. The room provides researchers four perspectives from which to record video data, and four table-top conference microphones to record audio. The observation room also provides unobtrusive viewing of the interview from behind two large one-way mirrors.
All recorded video and audio data is captured in the observation room by an array of Apple Mac mini's and Mac Pros. All data collected is stored with redundancy protection. An audio mixer and matrix switcher provides the researcher the opportunity to combine and condition audio from any microphone and reroute to any video capture device. Researchers conducting interviews can remotely control video capture as well as monitor the video of any camera wirelessly from a laptop in the interview room.
The research lab is available for use by NC State STEM researchers following a short orientation with the Lab Coordinator. Specific documentation is provided for interested researchers to schedule an interview session, capture the interview, and export the data to a USB hard drive provided by the researcher. To discuss how this facility can meet your data collection needs, contact Shawn Weatherford.
Click on each room on the map below to explore its features for researchers.