You are invited to participate in a research study of student readiness for and performance in MOOCs. You were selected as a possible participant because you were identified as an enrolled student in this MOOC under inquiry. Before agreeing to participate, I ask that you read this form and ask any questions you may have before agreeing to be in this study.
The study is being conducted for a masters thesis in the MSc programme in “Digital Education” at the University of Edinburgh, UK. The survey should take you around 10-15 minutes to complete.
This study explores the impact academic skills may have on the learning experience and performance for professionals studying in MOOCs. The research examines how professionals utilize or do not utilize their academic skills to regulate their learning in MOOCs.
NUMBER OF PEOPLE TAKING PART IN THE STUDY
By agreeing to participate in this study, you will be one of approximately 10,000 people who will complete the anonymous online survey during the coming three months. All students registered for this MOOC have been invited to participate in the study.
PROCEDURE OF THE STUDY
By participating in this study, you agree to complete a 51 item anonymous online survey about your learning experiences in MOOCs. Participation in this study is separate from your participation in the MOOC and does not count towards completion.
BENEFITS OF TAKING PART IN THE STUDY
The benefits to participation that are reasonable to expect are that you might become more aware of skills that aid your successful engagement in MOOCs or skills that could be enhanced for a more successful engagement in future MOOCs. Such awareness might foster self-satisfaction and enhanced motivation to learn in MOOCs.
In addition, study results may offer suggestions as to how MOOC providers can enhance the readiness and performance of their students in their courses positively.
RISKS OF TAKING PART IN THE STUDY
It is not anticipated that there will be any major risks for those participating in the study. A minor possibility is that there might be confusion about what is being asked in this survey.
Research students of the University of Edinburgh fully comply with the UK Data Protection Act 1998. All personal information is treated confidentially and is carefully processed and protected. Any electronic research data will be accessible to the research team (research student and supervisor) only and will be stored in a secure, password protected server. The research data will only be used for educational purposes and will be destroyed on 30 November 2017.
According to the Data Protection Act 1998, research participants have the right to be informed about data processing (as provided above) and the right to request a full and clear summary of the data that are being processed (Part II “Rights of data subjects and others”, Section 7 “Rights to access of personal data”, http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1998/29/section/7).
You will not receive payment for taking part in this study.
CONTACT FOR QUESTIONS OR QUERY
For questions about the study or a research-related inquiry, please contact the researcher, Ms. Heike Tuerke, MSc student, University of Edinburgh, The Moray House School of Education, at email@example.com.
For questions about your rights as a research participant or to discuss problems or concerns about the research study, or to obtain information, or offer input, please contact Dr. Peter Evans, University of Edinburgh, The Moray House School of Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VOLUNTARY NATURE OF STUDY
Taking part in this study is voluntary. You may choose not to take part or may leave the study at any time. Withdrawing from the study will not result in any repercussions. Your decision whether or not to participate in this study will not affect your current or future relations with anyone associated with this study, including the MOOC instructor and associated institution.
Thank you very much for your time and input, which will benefit future MOOC students.