Disclosure and Consent
Upon first logging in each semester, both students and instructors are asked to either opt-in or -out of MyReviewers’ research study via the Disclosure and Consent form. Depending on how students respond, they may be asked to complete a few short additional surveys throughout the semester.
Note that if an instructor opts-out of the study, researchers cannot use the data from any of the instructor’s students as well.
Below is the Disclosure and Consent form:
Informed Consent to Participate in Research
Information to Consider Before Taking Part in this Research Study
Pro # 22932 and Pro #21265
Academic researchers study many topics. To do this, we need the help of people who agree to take part in a research study. We are asking you to take part in two research studies:
- NSF Proposal Number 1544239: Collaborative: The Role of Instructor and Peer Feedback in Improving the Cognitive, Interpersonal, and Intrapersonal Competencies of Student Writers in STEM Courses
- My Reviewers Corpus Research.
The person who is in charge of these research studies is Dr. Joseph Moxley. This person is called the Principal Investigator. This consent form provides you the opportunity to accept or decline having your texts and usage of My Reviewers become a part of the research corpus.
We are hoping to learn more about instructors like yourself. We do this by studying the activity of as many users of My Reviewers as we can. Basically, this helps us re-design and update three things: the My Reviewers interface, the assignments you’re asked to grade in the system, and the writing-intensive course(s) you’re teaching. The more we learn about your teaching in the system, the more we can help instructors like you have the best educational experience possible.
No discomforts and risks are expected from the procedures beyond those commonly associated with participation in a face-to-face or online university class. We are unsure if you will receive any benefits by taking part in this research study. It’s important that you know that whether or not you opt into this research, your employment will NOT be affected. You have the alternative to choose not to participate in this research study. You should only take part in this study if you want to volunteer; you are free to participate in this research or withdraw at any time. There will be no penalty or loss of benefits you are entitled to receive if you stop taking part in this study.
We are asking to collect the materials you are already using as part of class. We’d like your permission to add your grading to the My Reviewers corpus. We’d like to explore your usage of My Reviewers, such as your comments and scores on your students’ essays, your feedback on students’ revision plans and peer reviews, and your trace data, such as the amount of time you spend reviewing documents.
We are not sure of the total number of people who will participate because this is a long-term study. However, we expect you will be one of 300-400 instructors who enroll in this research in the next few years, should you opt in below.
You should know that the Principal Investigator involved in this research study might benefit financially from this study. Specifically, Professor Joseph M. Moxley and the University of South Florida have a copyright on the technology comprising My Reviewers. Research studies like the one you are thinking about joining may bring financial value to My Reviewers. If research shows the new technology is effective, the person leading this study and the University of South Florida would receive a part of the profits from any sales of this technology. The Institutional Review Board that reviewed this study and a Committee at the University of South Florida have reviewed the possibility of financial benefit. They believe that the possible financial benefit to the person leading the research is not likely to affect your safety and/or the scientific quality of the study. To get a better sense of the research conducted by Professor Moxley or his colleagues, see http://myreviewers.com/research/.
It is possible, although unlikely, that unauthorized individuals could gain access to your responses because you are responding online. Your participation via My Reviewers involves risks similar to a person’s everyday use of the Internet. It is possible, although unlikely, that unauthorized individuals could gain access to your responses. Confidentiality will be maintained to the degree permitted by the technology used. No guarantees can be made regarding the interception of data sent via the Internet. However, your participation in this online study involves risks similar to a person’s everyday use of the Internet. If you complete and submit an anonymous survey and later request your data be withdrawn, this may or may not be possible as the researcher may be unable to extract anonymous data from the database.
Certain people may need to see your study records. By law, anyone who looks at your records must keep them completely confidential. The only people who will be allowed to see these records are Dr. Moxley and approved study staff; the University of South Florida Institutional Review Board (IRB), and the IRBs at North Carolina State University, MIT, Dartmouth College, the University of Pennsylvania, Wake Forest University, and Fairleigh Dickinson University; and the National Science Foundation.
If you agree to participate in this research project, your work will be made available under the following terms to researchers at the University of South Florida, North Carolina State University, MIT, Dartmouth College, the University of Pennsylvania, Wake Forest University, Fairleigh Dickinson University and the National Science Foundation:
- No personal information shall be given or sold to any marketing, solicitation, or data mining organization of any type
- Any information that can be used to identify you will remain confidential and will be disclosed only with your permission or as required by law
- Researchers will ensure that your personal information is not published or otherwise disclosed in any publications or presentations of research
If you have any questions about your rights as a research participant, please contact the USF IRB at 813-974-5638. If you have questions regarding the research, please contact the Principal Investigator at firstname.lastname@example.org or the USF Internal Review Board at RSCH-IRB@usf.edu. You can print a copy of this consent form for your records.
I freely give my consent to take part in this study. I understand that by opting in I am agreeing to take part in research and I am 18 years of age or older.