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STATEMENT OF INFORMED CONSENT

Interaction Designers from (Educational Technology Services at the University of California, Berkeley/The Adaptive Technology Resource Centre at the University of Toronto)
are conducting interview and observation sessions with faculty, TAs, and students in order to understand how they manage the different types of "content" used in their work. This information will be used to inform the design and development of user interface components and other deliverables for the Fluid Project (http://www.fluidproject.org). The Fluid Project is an open, collaborative project to improve the user experience of community source software projects such as the Sakai, which is the system underlying bSpace and Moodle learning management systems, uPortal, and the Kuali Student system.

There are no benefits to you for participating, other than perhaps helping to improve the user experience of these community source software projects. We hope that the research will benefit users of the systems working with the Fluid Project, as well as anyone using the Fluid's open source components or other deliverables.  This research poses no risks to you other than those normally encountered in daily life.  All of the information from your session will be kept confidential.  Your data will have a number associated with it. After the research is completed, we may save the notes for future use by ourselves or others, but your name will not be included.  

Your participation in this research is voluntary, and you are free to refuse to participate or quit the interview and observation session at any time.  Whether or not you choose to participate will have no bearing in relation to your standing in any department of (UC Berkeley/University of Toronto).

If you have questions about the research, you may contact:

  • (Daphne Ogle/Allison Bloodworth)
    at (phone number), or by email at daphne@media.berkeley.edu
  • (Barbara Glover/Shaw-Han Liem)
    at (phone number), or by email Shawhan.Liem@utoronto.ca.

You may keep a copy of this form for reference.

The details of this study were explained to me by:

Investigator Name:   _______________________________________________________

Date:  ___________________

I have read the above project description. I agree with the terms and hereby consent to participate in the study.

Participant Signature:    ____________________________________________________

Participant Name (please print):  _____________________________________________

Date:   ___________________

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