Welcome to the Digital Competency Profiler (DCP)
Dear Member of the Northern College Community, The teaching, learning, and research environments in colleges and universities are changing rapidly, particularly with the new opportunities offered by online environments. It is critical to understand the nature of these changes and the factors affecting the online realities of the 21st century.
As participants in this research project, the Digital Technology Competencyand Use in Higher Education: Using the Digital Competency Profiler at Northern College study aims to understand how Northern College students, faculty, and staff use various technologies, including mobile technology, both personally and in their academic pursuits. When you complete the survey, a personal technology use profile graph will be generated. The profile will help you identify gaps in your competency (frequency of and confidence with) in the use of technology that you may want to address through further education and/or experience.
This letter invites you to compete an online survey (see the link below) that will take approximately 20 minutes of your time to complete. This survey will ask you to rate your use (frequency) and comfort (confidence) with various types of technology for various purposes.
Northern College Students
There are minimal risks to participating in this study. The risks include:
- Possible feelings of being coerced to respond to this survey. However, it should be noted that:
- Participation is voluntary and you are free to decline participation withoutexplanation or consequence. You may refuse to participate or terminate your participation at any time simply by exiting this page or the survey on any other page. Any data you have provided up to that point will not be saved. Once the data has been submitted, it is aggregated with other data and cannot be withdrawn, since your individual data responses will not be known.
- By consenting to participate in this research, participants do not waive any legal rights.
- This survey questionnaire will be available to you online until October 13, 2017 and your participation will require approximately 20 minutes of your time to complete.
All data collected is completely anonymous and will only be available to the investigators of this project (Drs. Roland vanOostveen, Maurice DiGiuseppe,
Wendy Barber, Audrey Penner and Kayode Arowolo). The data will be stored and secured by password-protected encryption on computer servers in the EILab at UOIT. The results from this survey will be used as aggregated data for our research. The aggregated data may be used for secondary analysis in future studies of a similar type. For instance, the resulting data set, in which your data responses are included, might be used for comparison to data sets obtained from participants from other colleges and universities. The resulting reports will be shared with the greater research community through technical reports, publications and conference presentations. Links to many of these will be accessible through the EILab.ca. Given these safeguards, this research has been reviewed and approved by the Research Ethics Board of UOIT (REB file######) on (date).
If you have further questions regarding any aspect of this study, please do not hesitate to contact the following: Roland vanOostveen at email@example.com. Also, feel free to contact the UOIT Ethics and Compliance Officer at 905-721-8668 Ext. 3693 or firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any questions, concerns, or complaints about the research ethics of this study.
Dr. Roland vanOostveen, Faculty of Education, UOIT
Dr. Maurice DiGiuseppe, Faculty of Education, UOIT
Dr. Wendy Barber, Faculty of Education, UOIT
Dr. Audrey Penner, Northern College
Dr. Kayode Arowolo, Northern College
Having read and understood this letter of information and consent form, by clicking the START SURVEY button:
- I freely consent to participate in this research project.
- I understand that my participation is voluntary and I am free to withdraw at any time without consequence.
- I understand that data I provide for the study will remain with and be analysed, aggregated and used by the study investigators for further research and education purposes.
- I understand that the results (aggregated data) will be reported on in research presentations and publications.
- I understand that my identity will remain anonymous.
- I understand that if I wish to end my participation in this survey, I simply have to leave the website or close my browser at any time.
- No data will be saved unless I complete the entire survey. Once the data has been submitted, it is aggregated with other data and cannot be withdrawn, since your individual data responses will not be known.
- I am aware that a profile graph will be produced for me at the end of the questionnaire and that the inclusion of my name or a pseudonym on the graph is optional.
- I agree that my data may be used for secondary analysis in future studies of a similar type. For instance, this data set, in which your data responses are included, might be used for comparison to data set obtained from participants from other universities.
- I have read the letter of information and had all questions answered to my satisfaction.