Thank you for agreeing to participate in our survey. Before we start, we’d like for you to read the informed consent information below. Informed consent refers to the voluntary choice of an individual to participate in research based on an accurate and complete understanding of its purposes, procedures, risks, benefits, and alternatives. The survey will be completely anonymous and voluntary. We do not ask or identify any individuals who plan to participate in this survey. If you have any questions before completing this survey, please contact Candice Hellers by email at

Informed consent:
You must be of 18 years or older to participate in this survey.
I am conducting a study on the effects of cognitive load in the classroom for students currently enrolled in either undergraduate or graduate degree programs that are non-native speakers of English. If your native language is one other than English, I invite you to participate in my survey research.

The purpose of this study is to ask non-native English speaking undergraduate and graduate students about their experiences in the physical and online classroom. The survey may take about 15 minutes to complete.

There are no known risks involved in completing the survey. There are no tangible benefits for completing the survey, but your participation will help instructional designers and cognitive scientists understand more about the challenges and successes that non-native English speaking students experience in colleges and universities. Participation is entirely voluntary; you may at any time withdraw from participation.

All data obtained will be anonymous. There is no way for us to find out who you are, and your data will not be shared with any other parties under any circumstance.
This study has been reviewed and approved by the UMBC Institutional Review Board (IRB). A representative of that Board, from the Office for Research Protections and Compliance, is available to discuss the review process or my rights as a research participant. Contact information of the Office is (410) 455-2737 or

After reading the consent items, please proceed to the questionnaire on the next page. Click "Next" to get started with the survey. If you'd like to leave the survey at any time, just click "Exit this survey".