Faculty Consent Form

Collaborative Research: Implementing 21st century geodesy learning through faculty development and expanded applications of data to societal issues

Description of project

UNAVCO, a non-profit university-governed consortium which facilitates geoscience research and education using Geodesy, is directing a program aimed at developing teaching materials that improve students' ability to use geodesy data and demonstrate quantitative skills to apply geodesy to critical societal challenges. To that end, the project is interested in understanding how faculty make adaptations to curricular materials as they integrate the teaching materials in their courses. We have received funding from the National Science Foundation for this project. We would like your participation in this study of how faculty adapt these materials.

Methods and Publication

Information for this study is collected via a mixed-method approach that includes surveys, faculty reflections, and student data collection for tested curriculum over the duration of the program. These data will be incorporated into our research results in aggregate. Presentation of the material will be confined to project work groups, professional publications, and conferences. When individual quotes are used to illustrate important points, your name will not be identified. Additionally, identifiable self-authored instructor stories will be published to the public website, detailing information about how you implemented GETSI materials in your course, as part of the curriculum. There are no foreseeable risks resulting from your participation. Your participation in this research project is voluntary and you may leave at any time.

Terms of Consent

Your consent here indicates your approval to participate in the study. We seek your consent to use the surveys and faculty reflections and self-authored instructor story you provide for research purposes. As a participant, your involvement in the study is purposeful. The researchers will guarantee that the information obtained through all surveys will be kept confidential.

You agree to participate in this study. You have been informed that any information obtained in this study will be kept confidential and that only the research team may determine my identity, with the exception of the public self-authored instructor story. All efforts will be made to conceal your identity in the study's report of results and the researchers will make every effort to keep information obtained in this study confidential. You also understand that the honesty and accuracy of your responses are crucial for this study.

You understand that your participation is voluntary and you are free to withdraw my consent and discontinue participation in this study, without having to specify a reason, at any time by notifying Ellen Iverson by e-mail eiverson@carleton.edu. Your decision to participate or not participate will not affect my relationships with faculty, administration, or with my institution in general. You understand that you may report any problems or dissatisfaction to the Institutional Review Board for Research with Human Subjects at Carleton College, c/o Office of the Associate Dean of the College, Carleton College, One North College Street, Northfield MN 55057; telephone (507) 222-4301.