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From: The EDUCAUSE Blended and Online Learning Constituent Group Listserv <[log in to unmask]> On Behalf Of Robert, Jenay
Sent: Thursday, April 19, 2018 10:40 AM
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As a new member of this listserv I am dismayed to see a colleague being publicly lambasted for study design and recruitment methods. Surely there is a more professional way to handle such issues? The academy, while not perfect, has checks in place such as the Office of Research Protections, the Institutional Review Board, FERPA regulations, and more. If such checks fail, can we not approach one another in a more constructive manner? Though we are all here as professionals, we are also all humans, and having our work publicly called “horrible" is unkind at best. I, for one, would like to work in a better world than that.

 

Just my two cents.

 

 

Jenay Robert, Ph.D.

Research Project Manager

Teaching and Learning with Technology 

The Pennsylvania State University


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Sent: Thursday, April 19, 2018 11:55:10 AM
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I think the real responsibility here is just to call this out as horrible research design.  I'm amazed this even made it past a review board, assuming it did.

 

a) The language is leading.  Stating that this is looking at faculty misbehaviors instead of behaviors will elicit a selection bias right from the start.

 

b) The first section alone is about 150 questions, and most of them are bad.  One of them reads "Didn't take my late work, even when I had a valid excuse."  Valid excuse is already a subjective matter, and the type of person you have selected for to fill this out per item a) will most likely think that their excuse is valid.

 

c) The next page then examines student satisfaction, but because of page one you have already introduced a negative filter through which they'll interpret the rest of the questions.  So they're basically cooking the responses of anything else going forward.

 

fwiw, the completion of the first survey provides a link to a second survey to collect the information to be entered into the drawing, so hopefully those two data sets aren't linked - which is to say it at least looks like it could be anonymous.

 

Matthew Belskie, MSIS

Educational Technology Coordinator

Office of Arts & Sciences Information Services

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Sent: Thursday, April 19, 2018 11:23:54 AM
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Renee,

 

I cannot see our institution ever volunteering to ask students to participate in a survey that is partly described as “… a research study on instructor misbehaviors…”  That would spur significant pushback from Governance and our Faculty Union.

 

If the survey were aimed at collecting environmental data to tie to student success completing learning outcomes to various aspects of the course, we might consider.  This topic, while worth examining, is too narrowly focused on bad faculty.

 

Have a great day.

 

Regards,

 

Doug

 

Doug Kahn

Assistant Dean for IT Operations

Information Technology Services

Suffolk County Community College

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From: The EDUCAUSE Blended and Online Learning Constituent Group Listserv <[log in to unmask]> On Behalf Of Kaufmann, Renee
Sent: Thursday, April 19, 2018 10:46 AM
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Subject: Re: [BLEND-ONLINE] Online Students needed for Survey Participation

 

All:

 

I apologize for the confusion. We would never ask for you to send student information to us (and please do not do that). To clarify, we were asking for the information about the study to be forwarded on to students so they may choose if they wanted to participate.

 

We appreciate the feedback on the survey and your time.

 

Thank you,

 

Renee Kaufmann


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Sent: Thursday, April 19, 2018 10:28:53 AM
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My reaction was to the statement "I am asking for your help with recruiting students who  are currently enrolled in online courses."

 

I serve a dual role as both a member of Academic Affairs with admin access to course enrollments as well as an adjunct online instructor.

 

Since I work for a primarily online institution, the only means of engagement with students (as an admin or instructor) would require accessing course information to retrieve student emails and then either forward them to the researcher or contact students on my own to direct them to the researcher.

 

I feel either of these methods of facilitating recruitment for the research would be inconsistent with the presumption of privacy students would expect from us as a college and would be beyond a permissible use of my admin/faculty access to student information. ​

 

If there are better ways to recruit students for this research, I am all for it. However, I presume that many of the participants in this thread are in similar positions as myself. I felt the community should hear my perspective on this before someone else - with all good intentions - feels it would be OK to pursue a similar course of action.

 

As a sidebar issue, I sought similar access to student contact information to do internal research on an Open Education experience and had to go through rigorous review and consent within our Academic Affairs department before I was allowed to contact students outside of normal course communication. I respect the standard of privacy students expect as keepers of their private information for education purposes. That's all I'm suggesting here.

 

Thx - Steve

 

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Steve Covello

Rich Media Specialist/Instructional Designer/Online Instructor

Chalk & Wire e-portfolio administrator

PressBooks administrator

Granite State College (USNH)

Concord, NH 03229

603-513-1346


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Sent: Thursday, April 19, 2018 10:07 AM
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Subject: Re: [BLEND-ONLINE] Online Students needed for Survey Participation

 

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I think Mr. Covello is off the mark in his assessment of the situation, as I certainly didn't see anything suggesting you were asking for class lists. having gone through the survey, I find the likelihood of a student identifying the course, instructor, and institution of study they were commenting on to be infinitesimally small. 

 

The revision I would suggest you make pertains to your opening statement about your research. Is there any reason why it's an image, and not text that can be resized appropriately by the user?

 

Steve

 

On Thu, Apr 19, 2018 at 9:52 AM, Covello, Steve <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

​Renee - 

 

I wish you well with your research but to be perfectly honest with you, I would not consider providing you with a roster of my students in my online course simply because that would be perceived as a breach of privacy (legal or not) which could seriously jeopardize my being rehired. To do so would mean that I would have to go into my college's Banner system for my course and copy/paste all of their personal or college email addresses and then send them to you as if I had permission to do so (which I don't). This is utterly unthinkable.

 

Second, I would certainly not be inclined to provide you with students whom I would have to trust that they would not reveal my name as their instructor as they report my "misbehaviors" (as if I ever wanted those foibles known outside of my course). As the target of such criticism, I have absolutely no assurances or leverage in preventing the possibility that my students might slip up and provide you with enough information (course name, term, assignments, etc.) that might indict me implicitly, if not personally.

 

I urge you to seek another way to collect your data.

 

Thx - Steve

 

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Steve Covello

Rich Media Specialist/Instructional Designer/Online Instructor

Chalk & Wire e-portfolio administrator

PressBooks administrator

Granite State College (USNH)

Concord, NH 03229

603-513-1346


From: The EDUCAUSE Blended and Online Learning Constituent Group Listserv <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of Kaufmann, Renee <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thursday, April 19, 2018 9:18 AM
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Hello, all: 


My name is Renee Kaufmann with the University of Kentucky. My colleague, Jessalyn Vallade and I are conducting a research study on instructor misbehaviors and learning outcomes in the online classroom. I am asking for your help with recruiting students who are currently enrolled in online courses. Please note: students are not reporting the instructor name, or their specific course or section number. 

 

Will you help me by forwarding this email to instructors teaching online courses or to students currently taking online courses? Each participant will have the opportunity to enter one time in a drawing to win a $25 Amazon e-gift card. Below is a script to inform students about the study as well as the link to the online survey. 


Students may need to copy and paste the link into the web browser. 

 

We appreciate your time and support! 

Renee Kaufmann, [log in to unmask]
Jessalyn I. Vallade, [log in to unmask] 

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Hello, Students! 

My name is Renee Kaufmann. My colleague and I are researchers at the University of Kentucky and we are conducting a study on instructor misbehaviors in the online classroom. We are interested in your perceptions of those teacher misbehaviors in the online classroom. If you are at least 18 years old and currently enrolled in an online course, you can participate in our study. 

The participation time will be approximately 15 minutes. Joining the study is voluntary and there 
is no penalty if you choose not to participate. If you choose to participate, upon completion of the survey, you may provide your information to be entered into a drawing to win a $25 Amazon e-gift card. The odds for the drawing are 1:29 (i.e., 12 Amazon e-gifts of $25 USD each are available to win). You will provide information such as: first and last name, email address, university/college attending, and current address in order to be eligible for the drawing. Participants may only enter the drawing once; additional entries will be void. Study and drawing will close either when 350 participants have completed the survey or by August 15, 2018 at 11:59 PM EDT. You will be notified via your email address if you win one of the $25 Amazon e-gift cards. The findings from this study may be presented to other professionals, but your data will remain completely private and confidential. Your instructors will not know your answers from the survey. 

If you would like to participate, please click this link: https://uky.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1SrBaqqEeGlSdr7

 (Please note: you may need to copy and paste the link into your web browser). 

Thank you for your time in advance! 

Renee Kaufmann, [log in to unmask] 

Jessalyn I. Vallade, [log in to unmask] 

 

 

 

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