CIS 720 Seminar – A Talk on Qualitative Research

Please join us on Monday April 22, 4:30-5:30 in Hamilton Library 3F, for a talk by CIS PhD students Christina Higa, Sky Kauweloa, Matthew Kanekoa and Yiting Wang. 

Qualitative Research Panel Discussion: This panel will share views and experiences about qualitative research. Qualitative methods help us to dig deep and explore the complex and compelling components and stories of our research. However, it can be messy, time-consuming, and challenging to be presented in clear objective and generalizable ways.

Christina Higa is the Co-Director of the Pacific Basin Telehealth Resource Center (PBTRC).  PBTRC is federally funded and is one of fourteen telehealth resource centers in the country.  She is ABD and hopes to complete and defend her dissertation next semester. Christina will speak to the unanticipated obstacles and challenges she faced in her action-based research.  

Sky Kauweloa is a Ph.D. candidate in the Communication and Information Sciences program at the University of Hawaii. Sky will speak to the specific focus on the intricacies of esports research as it pertains to taking a qualitative look around issues of leisure, labor, and identity/student development within the emerging space of college esports.

Matthew Kanekoa is a graduate student at UH Mānoa. His research seeks to uncover novel ways in which “the fear of missing out” (FOMO) is experienced by both social media and dating application users. He plans on starting his proposal defense in the fall.

Yiting Wang is a first-year Ph.D. student at CIS, UH Mānoa. Her theatre background is about intercultural communication, art management and marketing. She’s interested in communication techniques for introducing the esoteric traditional Chinese theatre arts to laypeople, mostly for art literacy purpose. Currently, she’s doing a project for her SI class on Mastodon. Mastodon is a FLOSS (free/libre and open source software), decentralized social media where issues such as monopoly, centralization, and privacy-deficiency are lessened