THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK
Hostos Community College
Behavioral and Social Sciences, Education, Business, Educational Technology, and Library

 

CONSENT TO PARTICIPATE IN A RESEARCH STUDY

Title of Research Study: Hostos Online Learning Assessment (HOLA) Project- Student Perceptions II
Principal Investigator: Kate Wolfe, Chair, Educational Leadership & Technology Council
Faculty Liaison to the Educational Technology Department
Assistant Professor of Psychology,
Behavioral & Social Sciences Department
Co-PIs: Kristopher Burrell and Carlos Guevara
Research Sponsor: N/A

Introduction:
You are invited to join a research study that looks at your experience as an online student at Hostos Community College. The research team will analyze the results of the surveys in order to better understand students’ experiences in online learning environments and to continue to improve online education at Hostos. We highly value your feedback.

All adult students in all hybrid and asynchronous courses (approximately 72 sections) will be asked to participate in the study. We want a broad scope of students represented and a wide range of faculty and courses.

Purpose:
The purpose of this research study is to determine student perceptions of their online learning experiences at Hostos Community College. The research team will analyze the survey data and work on identifying strengths and weaknesses in both online instruction as well as student preparedness. The data will help the team identify areas for professional development for faculty teaching online courses and workshops or trainings that focus on online student readiness.

The PIs expect to contribute to the literature on online learning assessment by focusing on community college students who attend Hostos. The information we are collecting will help the PIs make meaningful changes that would enhance the student online learning experience.

Procedures:
The Educational Technology Department will ask all faculty teaching either asynchronous or hybrid courses in Spring 2019 and subsequent Spring semesters, through 2021 (approximately 72 sections and 2000 students each semester) to ask all of their students to complete the Hostos Online Learning Assessment (HOLA) survey consisting of 23 questions. Each professor will be sent a link to the survey, created on Google Forms. This link can then be posted on Blackboard, the online learning management system at Hostos. All surveys will be confidential and anonymous. Each student will be asked to read an informed consent form and check a box to proceed with the survey. The informed consent procedure will be the same for all students regardless of enrollment in asynchronous or hybrid courses. After clicking the link, students will see an informed consent form. After reading the form, they can click “next page” if they agree to participate, which will lead them directly to the anonymous survey on Google Forms.

Time Commitment:
Your participation in this research study is expected to take 20-25 minutes.

Potential Risks or Discomforts:
Students may feel discomfort at being subjects in a research study; however, the procedures should minimize the risk as much as possible.

Students will not sign the informed consent nor will they put their names on the surveys. Neither faculty teaching the online sections nor the PIs will be able to tell who did or did not complete the survey. Since the data will be collected electronically, there is no risk that a student’s handwriting will be recognizable.

Research procedures described above may involve risks that cannot be anticipated at this time. If the PIs learn of anything that may affect your decision to participate, they will inform you as soon as possible. You will then have a chance to reconsider your continuing participation in the research.

Potential Benefits:
You may benefit from answering these questions because the questions may lead to greater reflection about your own online learning experiences and promote greater thought about your role in online learning as well as the role of the faculty member and institution. You may even not realize how you perceive online learning until you have completed this survey. You may also reflect on your role as “learner” in an online learning environment and the role of faculty. The PIs cannot guarantee that you will personally benefit from participating in this study.

Students and faculty (at Hostos and at other post-secondary institutions) may benefit in the future from the information found in this study; the PIs plan to present the data at conferences and publish the research in academic journals.

Alternatives to Participation:
N/A

Costs
N/A

Payment for Participation:
You will not receive any payment or course credit or extra credit for participating in this research study.

Research Related Injury
There is no risk of research-related injuries.

Confidentiality:
The PIs will make best efforts to maintain confidentiality of any information that is collected during this research study and the anonymity of all research subjects. The PIs will disclose this information only with your permission or as required by law.

The PIs will protect your confidentiality and anonymity by coding the data as an aggregate, which means that each class will be viewed as a group. Individual student identities will not be included on any of the surveys. When the PIs review the survey data on Google Forms, it will be impossible for them (and/or your professor if your professor is not a PI or co-PI on this research project) to know 1) which students completed the survey and 2) what/ how you responded.

The research team, authorized CUNY staff, and government agencies that oversee this type of research may have access to research data and records in order to monitor the research. Research records provided to authorized, non-CUNY individuals will not contain identifiable information about you. Publications and/or presentations that result from this study will not identify you by name.

Participants’ Rights:

    • Your participation in this research study is entirely voluntary. If you decide not to participate, there will be no penalty to you, and you will not lose any benefits to which you are otherwise entitled.
    • You can decide to withdraw your consent and stop participating in the research at any time, without any penalty.

Questions, Comments or Concerns:
If you have any questions, comments or concerns about the research, you can talk with the Principal Investigator of this study:

Kate Wolfe, Chair, Educational Leadership & Technology Council,
Faculty Liaison to the Educational Technology Department,
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Behavioral & Social Sciences Department
Principal Investigator
KWOLFE@hostos.cuny.edu
718-518-6894

If you have questions about your rights as a research participant, or you have comments or concerns that you would like to discuss with someone other than the researchers, please call the CUNY Research Compliance Administrator at 646-664-8918. Alternately, you can write to:

CUNY Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
Attn: Research Compliance Administrator
205 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017

 

Signature of Participant:

If you are over age 18 and agree to participate in this research study, please click “Next” on your computer screen. You may save a copy of this consent form to keep. By clicking “Next” and completing the survey, you are consenting to be part of this study.

 

 

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