Informed Consent for Participants

Title of Project: OpenClassroom

Investigators: Cathy Zhu (, David Rockwood (, Kamakshi Duvvuru (

I.  Purpose of this Research/Project

The purpose of the study is to observe the effectivesness of the OpenClassroom product as a means for remote students to communicate with peers around an assignment. These observations will lead directly to further implementations of OpenClassroom.

II. Procedures

Participants will be interviewed for approximately 1 hour. Questions about how they currently communicate with peers during an assignment will be asked. An audio recording will be made for the duration of the interview. Participants will then be given the OpenClassroom product  and asked to show how they would perform various tasks on the product. Screenshots of the device may be taken during this time.

III. Extent of Anonymity and Confidentiality

The researchers will not collect personal information beyond name and basic demographics. Subjects are free not to answer any questions or respond to experimental situations that they choose without penalty.

At times, information associated with the participant may be displayed on their device and may be captured when the researchers take a screenshot. Every effort will be made to allow the subject to avoid displaying private information. The participant is free to hide any personal information on the device or request that the screenshot not be taken.

Collected information will be stored and maintained by the researchers listed above. The information will not be distributed to anyone who is not involved in the research. Anonymized quotes or clips may be used in presenting the project in class. Should the researchers decide to release the information more publicly, the information will be anonymized and consent will be obtained from the participant.

IV. Subject’s Permission

I have read the Consent Form and conditions of this project. I have had all my questions answered. I hereby acknowledge the above and give my voluntary consent:

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