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Beginning Semester Survey - Class Context
This survey asks your input on your preferences for the use of technology, your interest in this course and other questions about you. Your answers to these questions will be stored and used after the semester is over as part of a University of Michigan research study as described below.

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Principal Investigator
Prof. Perry Samson
Invitation to Participate
You are invited to be part of a research study about how students' digital behaviors and wellness affect exam scores. The study is funded by the Michigan Institute for Data Science at the University of Michigan.
Description of Your Involvement
f you agree to be part of the research study, we/I will ask you to complete a series of surveys including, but not necessarily limited to: Beginning of Semester Survey, Mid-term survey and End-of-Semester Survey. You are also invited to use the “Class Context” Platform to participate in class activities.

Additionally, you may be invited to participate in focus groups before, during and after the semester. These focus groups are voluntary
Data to Be Collected
Data will be collected from 1) the Class Context platform about your digital use of that tool during this course, 2) Answers to survey questions about you and your opinions and attitudes concerning your study habit preferences, and 3) Canvas to record exam scores to study relationship to study habits. All data collected will have student identity removed before any analyses are performed.

Additionally, if you choose to participate in any voluntary focus groups you are advised that the meetings will be recorded. The recordings will be transcribed without attribution to participants and recordings subsequently erased. While we do not anticipate that sensitive information will be exchanged, we respect students' right to privacy.
Benefits of Participation
You may directly benefit from being in this study because the results will identify which aspects of study are found to be best related to exam scores. The results will provide a guide for how to best provide for exams. Results will also be used to improve the technologies used in class.
Risks and Discomforts of Participation
There may be some risk or discomfort from your participation in this research. Though unlikely, there is always the possibility that there could be a data breach which could result in the release of in-class behaviors. The behavior data, which is not considered sensitive data, are stored in a secure database on campus and all student identity data is removed prior to analysis so the potential for risk or discomfort is extremely low.
We plan to publish the results of this study. We will not include any information that would identify you. Your privacy will be protected and your research records will be confidential.

It is possible that other people may need to see the information you give us as part of the study, such as organizations responsible for making sure the research is done safely and properly like the University of Michigan, government offices or the study sponsors the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan and the National Science Foundation.
Your participation in any survey or focus group is based on informed consent. You will be informed when and where focus groups are to be held so you can decide whether you wish to participate. Surveys will be online and you will be informed over what time period you can respond. Online surveys can be completed on any device of your choosing.
Storage and Future Use of Data
All data collected in this study will be stored in a secure database for a period as needed for the project goals. All student identity data is removed from the stored data.
Voluntary Nature of the Study
Participating in this study is completely voluntary. You do not have to answer a question you do not want to answer. Even if you decide to participate now, you may change your mind and stop at any time. You may opt-out at the start of the semester and at any point throughout the semester. If you decide to withdraw before this study is completed your data will be removed from the dataset and ignored in all study analyses.
Conflict of Interest
The University of Michigan and Dr. Perry Samson have an interest in the technology used in this study. The technology to be tested is being done so in collaboration with a company called Echo360. The University of Michigan is an owner and Dr. Perry Samson is an inventor of technology used in this study that is licensed to a company called Echo360, Inc. The University of Michigan has a financial interest in Echo360, Inc. and Dr. Samson is a partial owner of Echo360, Inc. This means that the University of Michigan and Dr. Samson might one-day benefit financially from this study. You may contact Dr. Tuija Pulkkinen ( as ombudsperson, the Compliance Hotline (1-866-990-0111,, or the UMOR COI Office ( if you have any concerns about your research participation.
Contact Information for the Study Team
If you have questions about this research, including questions about scheduling, please contact Prof. Samson []
Contact Information for Questions about Your Rights as a Research Participant
If you have questions about your rights as a research participant, or wish to obtain information, ask questions or discuss any concerns about this study with someone other than the researcher(s), please contact the:

University of Michigan Health Sciences and Behavioral Sciences Institutional Review Board
2800 Plymouth Road
Building 520, Room 1169
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2800
Phone:  (734) 936-0933 or toll free, (866) 936-0933

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