NASA Digital Learning Network Doctoral Research Study

Greetings,

We would like to invite you to participate in research that will help to establish a new offering for NASA Digital Learning Network’s educators. This online course is a joint effort between NASA’s DLN and Oklahoma State University’s Educational Technology Department.

The purpose of this research is to help us better understand how to properly construct an online professional development course for educators. We recognize that these courses have flooded the online learning landscape and want to provide these services to you as well. Participating in this online course will help inform us on the best way to construct these courses by measuring changes in your understanding of physics content as well as changes in how confident you feel about teaching that content(self-efficacy). We sent this request to a selected number of customers who potentially serve middle school grades in the DLN customer database. The course is three parts with an estimated time investment of 5 hours for each section. You will take a pre content test and self-efficacy survey that will approximately take 45 minutes to complete. Once you have completed the course, you will take these surveys again and may be selected to participate in an interview to assist the researcher in her understanding of your content confidence levels. Your participation is valuable to the success of this study.
If you are selected as a participant for this study, upon its completion you will receive a certificate indicating you have invested 15 hours of professional development time to submit for your license renewal. In addition, all participants will be registered for a drawing for one of two $100 Amazon gift cards.

If you have any questions regarding the questionnaire, you may contact us directly at caryn.long@okstate.edu. If you have questions about your rights as a research volunteer, you may contact the Oklahoma State University Institutional Review Board (IRB) at 219 Cordell North, Stillwater, OK 74078, 405-744-5700 or irb@okstate.edu.

If you are interested in being considered to assist us with this research, please complete the information below.

We thank you in advance for your participation and for volunteering your valuable time. We strongly urge you to participate in this very important study to help us serve you better.

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