Robotics Survey

The purpose of this survey is to look at educational and workforce skills that are developed through participation in robotics. The research: The data collected in this survey will be used in a doctoral study which is looking at the use of robotics as an educational tool. Robotics provides opportunities for students to learn skills in many different areas: which is the basis for data collection in this study. Adults who work with robotics students have first hand knowledge of the opportunities that students have through robotics; as a result your opinion and experiences are important to the depth of information this study collects. Questions marked with an * need to be answered: questions without an * are optional. Your experiences and knowledge, as an adult working with robotics, are essential to this study. This robotics survey is in two parts: first, your thoughts about robotics are collected, then your thoughts are collected about opportunities for students to develop and/or learn particular skills through robotics. The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete. Capella Consent Form I am a doctoral learner in the School of School of Business and Technology at Capella University. I am doing a research study that focuses on skills learned through competitive Robotics. This research is being supervised by Dr. Bernard Sharum. I would like to invite you to participate in this research study. The main purpose of this form is to provide information about the research, so that you can make an informed decision about whether you want to participate. If you choose to participate, please select the yes option, listed immediately after this consent form. WHAT IS THE RESEARCH ABOUT? The purpose of this study is to determine the value and impact of FIRST Robotics Competition on students’ education during the 2012 FIRST Robotics Competition build season. WHAT DOES PARTICIPATION IN THIS RESEARCH STUDY INVOLVE? If you decide to participate in this study, you will only be asked to complete this online survey, no further information will be sought. Your participation will take about approximately 10 minutes. WHY ARE YOU BEING ASKED TO PARTICIPATE? You have been invited to participate because you work with FIRST as a mentor or coach of a FIRST Robotics Competition. Note: This study is being conducted independent of FIRST. FIRST has not endorsed the research and is not benefiting from it. WHAT ARE THE RISKS INVOLVED IN THIS STUDY? Although no study is completely risk-free, we don’t anticipate that you will be harmed or distressed by participating in this research. If you find yourself becoming uncomfortable, you may close the survey at any time: any data entered in an incomplete survey will not be used in the study. ARE THERE ANY BENEFITS TO PARTICIPATION? We don’t expect any direct benefits to you from participation in this study. WHAT HAPPENS IF THE RESEARCHER GETS NEW INFORMATION DURING THE STUDY? The researcher will contact you if he/she learns new information that could change your decision about participating in this study. HOW WILL THE RESEARCHER PROTECT PARTICIPANTS’ CONFIDENTIALITY? The results of the research study will be published, but your name or identity will not be revealed. No identifying information can be connected with your responses. WHAT HAPPENS IF A PARTICIPANT DOESN’T WANT TO CONTINUE IN THE STUDY? Participation in this study is voluntary. If you choose not to participate, you may do so at any time without consequence. The results of the survey will be shared anonymously with FIRST. WILL IT COST ANYTHING TO PARTICIPATE IN THE STUDY? WILL I GET PAID TO PARTICIPATE? There is no cost to the participant and no compensation. WILL PARTICIPANTS BE COMPENSATED FOR ILLNESS OR INJURY? You are not waiving any of your legal rights if you agree to participate in this study; however, no funds have been set aside to compensate you in the event of harm. If you suffer harm because of this research project, you may contact Dr. Bernard Sharum at You may also contact the Capella Human Research Protections Office at 1-888-227-3552, ext. 4716. VOLUNTARY CONSENT By selecting yes below, you are saying that you have read this form or have had it read to you. You are also saying that you understand the risks and benefits of this research study and that you know what you are being asked to do. The researcher will be happy to answer any questions you have about the research. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Christine Bakke at 218-776-3112 ext 303 or Dr. Bernard Sharum at If you have questions about your rights as a research participant, the Capella Human Research Protections Office is available to help. If you have any concerns about the research process or the researcher, please contact us at 1-888-227-3552, extension 4716. If there are any unexpected problems with the research, please also be sure to contact us. Your identity, questions, and concerns will be kept confidential. Note: By clicking yes below, you are telling the researcher “Yes,” you want to participate in this study. You may choose to withdraw this consent at any time. Please keep one copy of this form for your records. INVESTIGATOR’S STATEMENT I certify that this form includes all information concerning the study relevant to the protection of the rights of the participants, including the nature and purpose of this research, benefits, risks, costs, and any experimental procedures. I have described the rights and protections afforded to human research participants and have done nothing to pressure, coerce, or falsely entice this person to participate. I am available to answer the participant’s questions and have encouraged him or her to ask additional questions at any time during the course of the study. Investigator’s Name: Christine Bakke Research Approval The following institution(s)/organization(s) has/have agreed to post information about the research in the weekly FIRST Robotics Competition Blog. FIRST has not endorsed the research nor is it benefiting from it. FIRST Robotics Competition, Approval Date: IRB and Capella University Project Approval: February 17, 2012 , Project Approval Number: 303259-1
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