My name is Evelyn Lewis, and I am a full-time doctoral student within Massey University’s Institute of Education. I am carrying out research into the ways and extent to which students apply self-regulating learning strategies in online learning environments and whether digital badges can be used to support these processes.

I am seeking tertiary educators involved in one or more of the aspects of planning, designing and / or teaching in online environments in public institutions in Australia and New Zealand, who are using digital badges within a formal course / unit of study this year to be participants in this project. The research findings, once complete, may identify areas of practice where digital badges can successfully be used to support the application of self-regulating learning strategies in online learning environments.

You are invited to complete this questionnaire and doing so implies your consent. The questionnaire is made up of five sections: 1) about yourself; 2) about your course / unit of study; 3) about digital badges; 4) about the way your course / unit of study is organised and used; 5) about the next research phase. It should take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

Data from the questionnaire will be collected and stored in Survey Monkey, whose Privacy policy can be found here.

The findings from this questionnaire will be analysed and presented in such a way that you will remain anonymous. They will form part of my doctoral thesis, as well as publications and conference presentations arising from the thesis. The information from the questionnaire will remain confidential. The results will be stored securely and destroyed after 5 years.

As a participant you have the following rights:

You are under no obligation to accept this invitation. If you decide to participate, you have the right to:

·         decline to answer any particular question;

·         provide information on the understanding that your name will not be used, if you choose to supply it in the last question.

Should you have any questions regarding this research do not hesitate to contact me and/or my supervisors.
 
Researcher
Evelyn Lewis
Massey University Institute of Education
Private Bag 11 222
Palmerston North
Phone 027 855 7793
Email: e.f.lewis@massey.ac.nz     
Co-supervisors 
Dr Peter Rawlins Dr Maggie Hartnett
Massey University Institute of Education
Private Bag 11 222
Palmerston North
Phone (06) 356 9099, Ext 84403
Email: p.rawlins@massey.ac.nz
Massey University Institute of Education
Private Bag 11 222
Palmerston North
Phone (06) 356 9099, Ext 84409
Email: m.hartnett@massey.ac.nz


This project has been evaluated by peer review and judged to be low risk. Consequently, it has not been reviewed by one of the University's Human Ethics Committees. The researcher(s) named in this document are responsible for the ethical conduct of this research.

If you have any concerns about the conduct of this research that you want to raise with someone other than the researcher(s), please contact Associate Professor Tracy Riley, Acting Director (Research Ethics), email: humanethics@massey.ac.nz.

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