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Online Data Collection Using MTurk
Burak Sonmez is a research student and GTA in the department of Sociology at the University of Essex. After graduating in Economics from Bilkent University in 2012, Burak joined the University of Essex to complete his master’s degree in Longitudinal Social Research in 2014. Burak has since worked as a data analyst in different research projects. Burak has presented at international conferences on his research using online data collection through MTurk. His current research uses both lab and field experiments to identify prosocial behaviour in voluntary sector.
University of Essex
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The use of Mechanical Turk, an online crowdsourcing service created in 2005 by Amazon.com, is increasing among academics as a source of subjects for survey research. The initial attraction is based on access to a very large pool of participants who can be accessed online producing rapid response at low cost with minimal effort on the part of the researcher.
This course, aimed at those conducting social science research, introduces participants to the methods and techniques for collecting online data using MTurk. The course will focus on the collection of both qualitative and quantitative data, demonstrating some research using surveys and experiments. Participants will also learn many aspects of using MTurk, such as generalizability, replication of findings, the effect of reward on data quality, the growing number of participants, study length, inattentiveness, and so on. At the end of the course participants should have the skills to apply these methods and techniques to their own data collection.
Participants should be familiar with some basics in Qualtrics. Participants should bring their own laptop.
Entry (no or almost no prior knowledge)
£100 for external academics and students
Website and registration
East of England
Data Collection, ICT and Software, Data Collection , Social Sciences , MTurk , Mechanical Turk , Collecting online data ,
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