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Participant Information Sheet for Users and Makers


Full Project Title:  RALfie: Remote Access Laboratories for fun, innovation and education – Stage 3
Principal Researchers: Dr Andrew Maxwell, Dr Alexander Kist and Dr Lindy Orwin
Other Researchers:  Professor Peter Albion, Mr Ananda Maiti, Ms Wu Ting
The “Remote Access Labs for Fun, Innovation and Education” (RALFIE) project aims to develop children’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) concepts whilst fostering a positive attitude towards STEM learning. To achieve this, we aim to create a quest-based game using an innovative online technical system, so children can create and access real experiments through remotely accessed laboratories (RAL). The game aims to develop and refine learners’ skills of making and using experiments. Learners will advance through a series of levels and achievements rewarded by badges and points. This aims to motivate participation and maintain engagement with STEM content and nurture positive attitudes towards STEM.

We would like to invite you to allow your child to take part in this research project by participating in the first home user trial of the system by using some experiments and assembling and connecting some of the experiment kits. This will allow us to evaluate the system performance, user experience, interface design, game design, communication and collaboration opportunities and engagement.

1. Procedures

Participation in this project will involve two roles for children and you child may be involved in only one or both. 

Users (who use experiments via the quest based game)

Makers (who construct experiments from plans and make them available to other users)

Benefits to participants include the opportunity to interact with remote control experiments; to interact with other children of various ages in a problem solving activities; and to experience the use of RAL in an activity that would otherwise be unavailable to these children.

The children may post or upload photos/videos/audio, or be video/audio recorded during interviews and these recordings will be kept private to the research team. Still photographs of the children will also be taken and these may be used, with your permission, in reports and research papers. A separate photographic release will be provided for this purpose.  The data collected will be securely stored in locked filing cabinets in locked offices or password protected computers at USQ.

Risks of this project are minimal, although your child may experience some frustration in learning to use the RAL system to drive the experiment (this would be similar to the frustration experienced as they learn to use a new computer game). Appropriate supervision (at least one adult per group of 6 children) will be provided at all times to minimise this risk.

During this research you will be required to: 
become a “User” within RALfie;
complete a pre-survey/questionnaire regarding positive and negative effects;
engage in the online RALfie game system for approximately 30-90 minutes/week over a 4-8 week trial period;
access and use online real experiments through RAL;
discuss and post photos/video/audio regarding RALfie concepts, quests, and activities through the online game’s communication system;
possibly become a “Maker” within RALfie;
o a limited number of selected participants (based on technical competency, and available equipment) will become “Makers” and construct and share online real experiments through RAL. This equipment will be provided and additional support and instructions provided;
o possibly assist others in the construction of online real experiments; and
o possibly help in the creating of online manuals, tutorials, and other user generated content; 
complete a post-survey/questionnaire regarding positive and negative effects; and 
complete a 20-30 minute face-to-face or phone interview regarding your experience.

2. Voluntary Participation

Participation is entirely voluntary. If you do not wish your child to take part you are free to decline. If you decide to allow your child to take part and later change your mind, you are free to withdraw your child from the project at any stage.  Where possible, any identified information already obtained from you or your child would then be destroyed. Any data collected during focus group discussions or online forums cannot be withdrawn, but will be omitted from any reports or articles at your request.
Your decision whether or not to allow your child to take part, or to withdraw at a later stage, will not affect your relationship or the relationship of your child with the University of Southern Queensland.
Please notify one of the researchers if you decide to withdraw from this project.

Should you have any queries regarding the progress or conduct of this research, you can contact one of the principal or associate researchers:

Dr Andrew Maxwell Andrew.Maxwell@usq.edu.au
Dr Lindy Orwin Lindy.Orwin@usq.edu.au
Dr Alexander Kist Alexander.Kist@usq.edu.au
After hours contact: MOBILE PHONE NUMBER (to be provided – special single use pre-paid mobile number will be used for this trial)  
If you have any ethical concerns with how the research is being conducted or any queries about your or your children’s rights as a participant please feel free to contact the University of Southern Queensland Ethics Officer on the following details.

Ethics and Research Integrity Officer
Office of Research and Higher Degrees
University of Southern Queensland
West Street, Toowoomba 4350
Ph: 07 4631 2690
Email: ethics@usq.edu.au
 

 
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Consent Form for Users and Makers

To: Parents/Guardians
Full Project Title: RALFIE: Remote Access Laboratories for Fun, Innovation and Education.
Principal Researchers: Dr Andrew Maxwell, Dr Alexander Kist and Dr Lindy Orwin
Other Researchers:  Professor Peter Albion, Mr Ananda Maiti, Ms Wu Ting
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I have read the Participant Information Sheet and the nature and purpose of the research project has been explained to me. I understand and agree for my child/children to take part.
I understand the purpose of the research project and my child/children’s involvement in it.

I understand my involvement as a parent/guardian and agree to participate in parent interviews about your child’s involvement.

I understand that I may withdraw my child/children from the research project at any stage without prejudice and that this will not affect my status or my child’s status now or in the future.

I understand that while information gained during the study may be published, my child will be identified by an alias/psuedonym only not their real name, and my child’s other personal results will remain confidential. 

I have not coerced my child to participate in this research.

I understand that my child may make videos and/or take photographs during the study to demonstrate participation, procedures or completion of an activity.

I understand that network communication traffic and online system interaction may be logged, recorded and analysed and that aggregate data may be used for promotional and publication purposes.

I understand that the photographs, video-recording, blog postings, and other user generated online content may be used for promotional and publication purposes. 

The researchers will obtain a separate authorisation from the parent/guardian of the children concerned prior to releasing any materials such as photographs, video-recording, blog postings, and other user generated online.

I agree to allow my child/children to use the various electrical devices including computer equipment, peripherals and experiments. I agree to complete an electrical safety briefing with my child using the materials provided and demonstrate safe use of the electrical devices provided. I agree to provide adequate supervision of the child/children using the electrical devices provided.

By completing the electronic Join Form, you give your consent to participate in the research described here.


If you have any ethical concerns with how the research is being conducted or any queries about your or your child’s rights as a participant please feel free to contact the University of Southern Queensland Ethics Officer on the following details.
Ethics and Research Integrity Officer, Office of Research and Higher Degrees
University of Southern Queensland, West Street, Toowoomba 4350
Ph: +61 7 4631 2690
Email: ethics@usq.edu.au