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Appendix B: IRB Consent Forms

IRB Professor Informed Consent Form

IRB Professor Informed Consent Form

IRB # 96-07-392 EP

Impact of Maple™ on the Design, Instruction and Achievement in an Undergraduate Physics Mathematical Methods Course

The development of strong problem solving skills is one of the primary objectives of the physics curriculum. The mathematical methods for physics course represents the core instruction of the methods and skills needed for advanced studies in physics. Maple™ has the potential to strongly impact the way problem solving methods are taught in undergraduate physics and the curriculum of such courses. This study seeks to answer questions about incorporating Maple™ in undergraduate physics such as: how can Maple™ be used to effectively teach problem solving skills to undergraduates; what are the strengths and weaknesses of Maple™ as a teaching and learning tool; how is course instruction affected by its use; and will the students be prepared and willing to use it in the future as a result of this class?

The purpose of this study is two-fold. First, the results of this study will give a complete description of how this course was designed to incorporate the use of the computer program Maple™ as the primary means of teaching mathematical methods for solving physics problems. Second, this study will attempt to understand how this course impacts the studentsí understanding of the course material, and to what extent Maple™ can be a useful problem solving tool for students at a similar level in their study of physics.

There are no risks or discomforts associated with this research, and participation in this study will require only a minimal amount of your time and effort outside that normally applied to this course. This research is observational and descriptive only, and will not require you to change your instruction in any way. The students will not be distracted during the classroom instruction periods. They should find the opportunity to give personal comments about the course materials and instruction as a positive contribution.

Participation in this study will require a series of short interviews, approximately 30 minutes in duration each. These interviews will ask you to elaborate on items that are relevant to this study and to provide your insights into how Maple will impact this course and your instruction. The interviews will be recorded on audio tape to allow a more accurate transcription, and may be done in person, over the phone, or recorded responses to questions provided by the researchers. These interviews will always be at your convenience. The interviews will begin prior to the fall semester when the course is being taught and will continue as needed during the fall semester. We would seek to include descriptions and examples of the materials that you develop that incorporate Maple™, including how you intend to use the materials for instruction and how the students will be expected to utilize Maple™ for their work. Any guiding research and literature that influences the design and instructional methods for this course will also be helpful to this study.

An observer will be present during most of the class sessions to record the events of the class and a video camera will be set up and left running un- monitored so that each participant can be better observed. Open ended questionnaires will be developed periodically to help clarify observations that have been made during the class session. These questionnaires will be filled out by participants voluntarily at their convenience, either on paper or through an electronic format.

Every effort will be made to maintain the confidentiality of the participants when electronic communications are used. Only the body text and the message date and time will be stored, and all header information, including the original message, will be deleted.

All the data gathered during this study, which were described above, will be kept strictly confidential. The results of this study may be published in scientific journals or presented at professional meetings, but, if this happens, the identity of your students will be kept strictly confidential. The video tapes will be kept securely locked in a cabinet at our university office and will only be accessible by the researchers. At the end of the analysis period, all original video tapes and audio tapes that might identify the participants will be destroyed.

You are free to decide not to participate in this study or to withdraw at any time during the study without adversely affecting your relationship with the investigators or the University of Nebraska. Your decision will not result in any loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled.

You may ask any questions concerning the research either before agreeing to participate or during the research study. If you have any questions that have not been answered by the investigators about your rights as a part of this research, you may contact the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Institutional Review Board, telephone (402) 472-6965.

If you agree to participate in the study, would you sign the form below and return it to us in the self-address stamped envelope. Thank you very much for you consideration of this matter.
Signature of Course Instructor
Date

Sincerely,

Alan P. Runge David W. Brooks

Phone 436-6126 Phone 472-2018

IRB Student Informed Consent Form

IRB Student Informed Consent Form

IRB # 96-07-392 EP

Impact of Maple™ on the Design, Instruction and Achievement in an Undergraduate Physics Mathematical Methods Course

You are invited to participate in this research study. The following information is provided in order to help you make an informed decision whether or not to participate. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

The purpose of this study is two-fold. First, the results of this study will give a complete description of how this course was designed in order to incorporate the use of the computer program Maple™ as the primary means of teaching mathematical methods for solving physics problems. Second, this study will attempt to understand how this course impacts the studentsí understanding of the course material, and to what extent Maple™ can be a useful problem solving tool for students at a similar level in their study of physics. Thus, this study will help physics educators understand how Maple™ affects both the course instruction and the development of problem solving skills by the students taking the course.

There are no risks or discomforts associated with this research and participation in this study will require only a minimal amount of time and effort outside of that normally applied to this course. You will not receive any extra credit towards your course grade for participating in this research study, nor will not participating in this study affect your course grade in any way. Further, the course instructor will not be given access to the observational data gathered from the students who participate in this study.

You will be asked to participate in a short (appr. 10 min.) interview at the beginning of the course, and again at the end of the semester. An observer will be present during most of the class sessions to record the events of the class and a video camera will be set up and left running unmonitored so that each participant can be better observed. Examples of how Maple™ is used when learning to solve problems are important to this study so you will be asked to allow copies of you work to be gathered, including homework, in-class examples, and exams. Periodically, you may be given the opportunity to voluntarily answer questionnaires either verbally, written, or through e-mail to help clarify observations that have been made. These additional clarifications will always be at your convenience.

Every effort will be made to maintain the confidentiality of the participants when electronic communications are used. Only the body text and the message date and time will be stored, and all header information, including the original message, will be deleted.

All the data gathered during this study, which were described above, will be kept strictly confidential. The results of this study may be published in scientific journals or presented at professional meetings, but, if this happens, your identity will be kept strictly confidential. The video tapes will be kept securely locked in a cabinet at our university office and will only be accessible by the researchers. At the end of the analysis period, all original records, documents, files, video tapes, and audio tapes will be destroyed.

You are free to decide not to participate in this study or to withdraw at any time during the study without adversely affecting your course standing, or your relationship with the researcher(s) and the University of Nebraska. Your decision will not result in any loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled.

You may ask any questions concerning the research either before agreeing to participate or during the research study. If you have any questions that have not been answered by the investigator about your rights as a part of this research, you may contact the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Institutional Review Board, telephone (402) 472-6965.

You are voluntarily making a decision whether or not to participate in this research study. Your signature certifies that you are nineteen years of age or older, and that, having read and understood the information presented, you have decided to participate. You will be given a copy of this consent form to keep.
Signature of Research Participant
Date

Alan P. Runge, M.S., Principal Investigator 436-6126

David W. Brooks, Ph.D., Secondary Investigator 472-2018

IRB Nonparticipant Informed Consent Form

IRB Informed Consent Form - Non-Participant

IRB # 96-07-392 EP

Impact of Maple™ on the Design, Instruction and Achievement in an Undergraduate Physics Mathematical Methods Course

You are invited to contribute to this research study in a non-participatory manor. The following information is provided in order to help you make an informed decision whether or not to contribute. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

The purpose of this study is two-fold. First, the results of this study will give a complete description of how this course was designed to incorporate the use of the computer program Maple™ as the primary means of teaching mathematical methods for solving physics problems. Second, this study will attempt to understand how this course impacts the studentsí understanding of the course material, and to what extent Maple™ can be a useful problem solving tool for students at a similar level in their study of physics. Thus, this study will help physics educators understand how Maple™ affects both the course instruction and the development of problem solving skills by the students taking the course.

There are no risks or discomforts associated with this research and as a non-participation in this study you will not be required to do anything extra or apply effort outside that normally applied to this course. You will not receive any extra credit towards your course grade for contributing to this research study, nor will not contributing to this study affect your course grade in any way. Further, the course instructor will not be given access to the observational data gathered from the students who participate in this study.

As a non-participant contributor in this study, you are being asked to allow a video camera to be placed in the rear of the classroom that will record both video and audio observations of the class sessions. This camera will be unmanned during the class sessions. None of the recorded data of yourself, your actions, or your voice will be used during this research project or will be reported in any fashion. At your request, the camera will be placed so that you are not recorded on the tape during normal classroom activities. The video tapes will be kept securely locked in a cabinet at our university office and will only be accessible by the researchers. At the end of the analysis all data on the tapes will be destroyed.

You are free to decide not to allow video taping of yourself and/or your voice during this study or to discontinue at any time during the study without adversely affecting your course standing, or your relationship with the researcher(s) and the University of Nebraska. Your decision will not result in any loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled.

You may ask any questions concerning the research either before agreeing to participate or during the research study. If you have any questions that have not been answered by the investigator about your rights as a part of this research, you may contact the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Institutional Review Board, telephone (402) 472-6965.

You are voluntarily making a decision whether or not to allow yourself and/or your voice to be recorded during this research study. Your signature certifies that you are nineteen years of age or older, and that, having read and understood the information presented, you have decided to allow video taping of the class sessions. You will be given a copy of this consent form to keep.
Signature of Research Participant
Date

Alan P. Runge, M.S., Principal Investigator 436-6126

David W. Brooks, Ph.D., Secondary Investigator 472-2018


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