Employer Interview Consent Form

CPACE interview/ survey participant information and consent form

You are being asked to participate in a research project. Researchers are required to provide a consent form to inform you about the study, to convey that participation is voluntary, to inform you about your right to confidentiality, to explain risks and benefits of participation, and to empower you to make an informed decision. You should feel free to ask the researchers any questions you may have.

CPACE: A Collaborative Process to Align Computing Education with Engineering Workforce Needs

CPACE Research Director:

Dr. Mark Urban-Lurain
Director of Instructional Technology Research & Development
Division of Science and Mathematics Education
111 N. Kedzie Lab           Voice: (517) 432-2152 x 119
East Lansing,MI 48824     Fax:  (517) 432-5653
urban@msu.edu               www.msu.edu/~urban 


1. PURPOSE OF RESEARCH:  You are being asked to participate in a research project that brings together Michigan State University (MSU), Lansing Community College (LCC) and Corporation for a Skilled Workforce (CSW) to design and implement a process to bring together a wide variety of stakeholders - business, community leaders and post secondary educators -to collaborate to identify workforce computational skills, define how these skills can be integrated across a curriculum, and develop revised curricula that integrate computational problem-solving across engineering departmental courses. This research is designed to document and evaluate this process to determine if it can serve as a model for national efforts to revitalize undergraduate computing education in engineering.

Your participation in this research will help us understand stakeholder's assessments of the computational skills needs in their business sectors.  Your participation in this study will take about 45 minutes.


2. WHAT YOU WILL DO:  You will complete a pre-interview survey about your company. We will then conduct an interview with you about your perceptions and opinions about the use of computational tools by engineers in your company. In particular, we are focusing using computers to analyze, design, model or make decisions as part of the engineering practice.  For a number of the questions you are asked to think about your needs 3-5 years in the future. You will have a chance to review the interview questions prior to the interview.  All information is collected, maintained, and analyzed confidentially.

3. POTENTIAL BENEFITS:  If you wish, we will make results of the research available to you and these results may help you and your company understand common themes that emerge from the interviews. The process developed in this project may contribute to revising engineering curricula that integrates computational problem-solving across engineering departmental courses. This process can serve as a model for national efforts to revitalize undergraduate computing education in engineering, and should be extensible to other computing education reform efforts. These efforts should help educators better prepare future engineering graduates.

4. POTENTIAL RISKS:  A potential risk is that during the course of the interview the subject might reveal a trade secret. But please keep in mind that the protocol does not ask for proprietary information.  You may refuse to answer any question that you feel may reveal proprietary or other confidential information.

5. PRIVACY AND CONFIDENTIALITY:  The data for this project will be kept confidential. The interview and survey, either conducted online or on paper, will be collected with some identifying information, such as your name, company and title.  The interviews will be recorded and transcribed for research purposes ONLY.  The recordings will only be available to members of the research team.  The recordings will not be used in any presentations or reports.  The researchers will not collect IP addresses for those who complete the survey online. On all sources of data, your personal information will be replaced with pseudonym identifiers, such that your personal information will not be stored with any data. The list that connects personal information to pseudonyms will be stored in a separate secure location. Information about you will be kept confidential to the maximum extent allowable by law. It will not be possible to link the data with a particular participant.

Project data will be digitized and stored on a secure, password protected computing system at MSU  Access is only granted to investigators on the project. Data will be stored for 5 years and then destroyed. The results of this study may be published or presented at professional meetings, but the identities of all research participants will remain confidential.

6. Your rights to participate:  Participation in this survey is completely voluntary. You have the right to say no. You may choose to stop participating at any time. Choosing not to participate or withdrawing from this study will have no affect on you in any way.

7. COSTS AND COMPENSATION FOR BEING IN THE STUDY:  It is important to recognize that participation in this research study is in no way mandatory. You will not receive compensation for participating in this study.

8. Contact Information for Questions and Concerns:  If you have concerns or questions about this study, such as scientific issues, how to do any part of it, or to report an injury, please contact the CPACE Research Director:  Dr. Mark Urban-Lurain, Director of Instructional Technology Research & Development, Division of Science and Mathematics Education, MSU, at 517-432-2152 x 119, Fax: 517-432-5653, e-mail urban@msu.edu or regular mail at 111 N. Kedzie Lab, East Lansing, MI  48824    

If you have any questions or concerns about your role and rights as a research participant, or would like to register a complaint about this study, you may contact, anonymously if you wish, the Director of MSU's Human Research Protection Program, Dr. Peter Vasilenko, at 517-355-2180, Fax 517-432-4503, or e-mail irb@msu.edu or regular mail at 202 Olds Hall, MSU, East Lansing, MI  48824

9. Documentation of Informed consent:  Your signature below means that you voluntarily agree to participate in this research study. 


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You will be given a copy of this form to keep.