refining the blend: participant information – questionnaire

Participant information for QUT research project

Refining the blend: developing a student centred framework for multi-modal education

QUT Ethics Approval Number 1400000929

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Research team

Principal Researcher: Dr Kate Davis, Lecturer / Course Coordinator
Associate Researcher: Adjunct Professor Helen Partridge
Associate Researcher: Dr Elham Sayyad Abdi
Associate Researcher: Katya Henry, Senior Research Assistant
Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Description

This project is being undertaken as part of a Science and Engineering Faculty Teaching & Learning grant.  The purpose of this project is to explore your preferences, expectations and experiences with regard to your studies within the Master of Information Science (Library and Information Practice) (MIS LIP) course at QUT.

You are invited to participate in this project because you are currently enrolled in the MIS LIP.

Participation

Participation will involve completing an online anonymous survey with Likert scale answers (not at all – very high degree) and any comments you may have, that will take approximately 10-15 minutes of your time.

The survey will contain such questions as: “To what extent do the following factors impact on your enjoyment/experience of simultaneous online or face-to-face classes: Class size, class format, presence of a dedicated online facilitator, reliability of technology”, “To what extent are the following factors important to you: ability to see the lecturer, ability to hear discussion in the classroom, ability to engage in class discussion?” “What was your most memorable learning experience in this course to date, and what made it memorable?”?

Your participation in this project is entirely voluntary. If you agree to participate you do not have to complete any question(s) you are uncomfortable answering. Your decision to participate or not participate will in no way impact upon your current or future relationship with QUT (for example your grades). If you do agree to participate you can withdraw from the project at any time without comment or penalty however, please note that as the survey is anonymous it will not be possible to withdraw once it has been submitted.

Expected benefits

It is expected that this project will not directly benefit you. However, it may benefit future students by informing the development of a student-centred framework for a dual mode cohort. In addition, you may enter a draw to win one of five $30 gift cards. Please note the opening date for entries is 30/11/2015, the closing date for entries is 13/12/2015, and the prize is one of five $30 Coles Myer gift cards.

Risks

There are no risks beyond normal day-to-day living associated with your participation in this project.

Privacy and confidentiality

All comments and responses are anonymous and will be treated confidentially unless required by law.  The names of individual persons are not required in any of the responses. Any data collected as part of this project will be stored securely as per QUT’s Management of research data policy.

Contact details for the purposes of the draw will be stored separately from the data collected from the survey and your responses to the survey will not be linked to your contact details. Once the draw has been completed, all contact details will be destroyed.

The project is funded by an internal Science and Engineering Faculty Teaching & Learning grant and the Faculty will have access to the data obtained during the project.

Please note that non-identifiable data collected in this project may be used as comparative data in future projects or stored on an open access database for secondary analysis.

Consent to participate

Submitting the completed online survey is accepted as an indication of your consent to participate in this project. The survey can be found here: https://survey.qut.edu.au/f/185163/15ea/

Questions / further information about the project

If have any questions or require further information please contact one of the research team members below.

Kate Davis | kate.davis@qut.edu.au | 0411 073 094
Katya Henry | k1.henry@qut.edu.au

Concerns / complaints regarding the conduct of the project

QUT is committed to research integrity and the ethical conduct of research projects.  However, if you do have any concerns or complaints about the ethical conduct of the project you may contact the QUT Research Ethics Unit on 07 3138 5123 or email ethicscontact@qut.edu.au. The QUT Research Ethics Unit is not connected with the research project and can facilitate a resolution to your concern in an impartial manner.

Thank you for helping with this research project.