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Course Overview

Do you want to broaden the number of online qualitative research methods at your disposal? Taught by Instructor Kathryn Korostoff, topics in this 4-part program include social media research, online focus groups, crowdsourcing (idea management and prediction market platforms), webcam research, online projective methods, and more. Includes examples, demonstrations and exercises. By the end of this 4-part course, students will know when to recommend these methods, how to plan for these projects, and how to set clear expectations with clients and colleagues about their benefits and limitations.

Upon course completion, you will be able to: 

  • Decide when to recommend online qual research options
  • Plan successful Mobile Ethnography studies
  • Plan successful Social Media Analysis studies
  • Plan successful Online Focus Group studies
  • Identify the strengths and weaknesses of various online qualitative methods
  • Evaluate emerging techniques & tools

As a student, you get lots of helpful videos, readings and reference material.


Take a look inside the course

Course Curriculum

  • 1


    • Getting Ready to Rock!

  • 2

    Mobile Ethnography

    • Lesson Plan

    • Mobile Ethnography [Lecture]

    • Mobile Ethnography [Slide Viewer]

    • Mobile Ethnography [Slide File Download]

    • 6 Steps to Successful Mobile Ethnography Projects [Reference Sheet]

    • Rockstar Practice: Preparing for Part 2 on Social Media & Sentiment Analysis

  • 3

    Social Media & Sentiment Analysis

    • Lesson Plan

    • Social Media & Sentiment Analysis [Lecture]

    • Social Media & Sentiment Analysis [Slide Viewer]

    • Social Media & Sentiment Analysis [Slide File Download]

    • Rockstar Practice: Learning About Online Focus Groups

  • 4

    Online Focus Groups: Video & Chat

    • Lesson Plan

    • Online Focus Groups: Video & Chat [Lecture]

    • Online Focus Groups: Video & Chat [Slide Viewer]

    • Online Focus Groups: Video & Chat [Slide File Download]

    • Rockstar Practice

  • 5

    New Tools, Data Reliability & More

    • Lesson Plan

    • New Tools, Data Reliability & More [Lecture]

    • New Tools, Data Reliability & More [Slide Viewer]

    • New Tools, Data Reliability & More [Slide File Download]

  • 6

    Bonus Resources

    • Recommended Reading & Viewing

  • 7


    • Your Rockstar Status Awaits: Final Assessment

Meet Your Instructor

Kathryn Korostoff

President, Lead Instructor Research Rockstar Training and Staffing

Kathryn Korostoff is President and Lead Instructor at Research Rockstar Training & Staffing. With a team of 10 expert instructors and 100+ fully vetted consultants, Kathryn works to advance market research and insights excellence. She wants everyone to be a Research Rockstar! She is a hands-on market researcher and has personally conducted over 600 primary research projects. A frequent speaker at market research events and former professor, Kathryn is also a past President of the Insights Association New England Chapter, and a former national board member. She can be reached at And be sure to check out her video podcast on market research methodology and career trends (see Conversations for Research Rockstars on the Research Rockstar YouTube channel).

Frequently Asked Questions

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