Thank you for your interest in our research! The purpose of this study is to explore what students find helpful or unhelpful in replies to requests for help posted to online discussion forums. Participation will take less than 1 hour, and you will receive 1 research credit for your time.
Project: Student Perceptions of Helpfulness in Online Course Discussion Forums
You are being asked to participate in a voluntary research study. The purpose of this study is to explore students’ opinions about what constitutes a helpful vs. unhelpful responses to requests for help posted to online course discussion forums. Participation in this study will involve answering questions and completing tasks related to help-giving in online course discussion forums. Your participation will last up to 1 hour. We do not believe there are any risks related to this research beyond those experienced in daily life; benefits related to this research include helping researchers and educators better understand the factors that contribute to helpful responses to online requests for help.
Principal Investigator Name and Title: Dr. Michelle Perry
Department and Institution: Educational Psychology, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
What procedures are involved?
Participation in this study will involve viewing examples of requests for help posted to an online statistics course discussion forum, typing direct replies to these posts, assessing the helpfulness of example responses to these posts, and improving these responses to make them more helpful.
Will my study-related information be kept confidential?
Faculty, students, and staff who may see your information will maintain confidentiality to the extent of laws and university policies. Personal identifiers will not be published or presented. Identifying information will never be linked to the data collected. Identifying information will only be used for the purposes of notifying instructors that students have fulfilled the research participation requirement.
Will I be reimbursed for any expenses or paid for my participation in this research?
You will receive 1 research credit for being in this study.
Can I withdraw or be removed from the study?
If you decide to participate, you are free to withdraw your consent and discontinue participation at any time. Your participation in this research is voluntary. Your decision whether or not to participate, or to withdraw after beginning participation, will not affect your current or future dealings with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Will data collected from me be used for any other research?
Your de-identified information could be used for future research without additional informed consent.
Who should I contact if I have questions?
If you have questions about this project, you may contact Amos Jeng at email@example.com. If you have any questions about your rights as a participant in this study or any concerns or complaints, please contact the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Office for the Protection of Research Subjects at 217-333-2670 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please print this consent form if you would like to retain a copy for your records.