Information and Consent for Student Participants

Purpose and Investigator: The Illinois Initiative on Transparency in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education is a study that aims to gather information about how higher education students understand their own learning processes. Your responses will help institutions of higher education improve students' learning experiences. If you have questions at any time about the study or your participation in it, you may contact the study's principal investigator, Dr. Mary-Ann Winkelmes, Campus Coordinator for Programs on Teaching and Learning, Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Illinois (tel. 217 244-5108; fax 217 265-4183) You may also contact the Institutional Review Board (IRB) Office at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for information about the rights of human subjects in approved research: or call 217 333-2670 collect, identifying yourself as a research subject.

Procedures, Dissemination and Confidentiality: You are selected and invited to participate in this study because your course instructor(s) agreed to participate in the study. You will be asked to take about 4 minutes to complete an online survey. No key or other identifier will link your answers with your identity. Your answers will always remain anonymous. Anonymous averages of the responses, only in aggregate form, will be shared with course instructors only after grades have been submitted to the registrar. The survey data will be stored on a secured server at the University of Illinois, accessible only through a password protected account on a password-protected computer, and also in a locked cabinet in Dr. Winkelmes's office. Data from the survey will be preserved for the duration of this ten-year study (2009-2019). Dr. Winkelmes and several collaborators will code and analyze data, interpret the findings, and disseminate the study's context, purpose, methods, findings, limitations, and conclusions through presentations and publications in higher education conferences, journals, and/or books. No individual names of Transparency Initiative participants will be identified in any reports, presentations, or publications.

Benefits/Risks and Voluntary Participation: Your participation in this research is voluntary. Your decision to participate, decline, or withdraw from participation will have no impact on your grade in this course or on your present or future relations with your instructors or school or the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in any way. There are no known risks from participation in this study beyond those that exist in normal daily life. There may not be immediate direct benefits to you as a participant. You may benefit from this project by becoming more aware of your own learning practices and how these impact your performance in school. You will be providing valuable information about your learning processes that will help schools and faculty to improve students' learning experiences. You may skip questions or terminate your participation at any time.


  • I understand that my participation is entirely voluntary.
  • I understand that I may refuse to participate or may discontinue participation at any time during the project without penalty, simply by closing my browser.
  • I understand that I may skip any questions that I don't wish to answer.
  • I understand that my anonymity will be preserved and my identity will never be connected with my responses.
  • I am 18 years of age or older.
  • I understand that the investigator will disseminate aggregate data from this survey in reports of this research at professional meetings and in professional publications, and that the names of participants will not be recorded or revealed.