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Technology Enhanced Learning in Higher Education

Study Title: Technology Enhanced Learning in Higher Education

Researchers: Dr Mark Kennedy (University of Southampton
  Dr Thomas Dunn (Bishop Grosseteste University) Ethics number: 20799

Please read this information carefully before deciding to take part in this research. If you are happy to participate you will be asked to sign a consent form.

What is the research about?
There is an increasing focus on the use of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) in higher education. However, there is a lack of an evidence base to inform academic staff about how to use technology strategically to increase students’ learning experience, particularly in postgraduate study. Also, student engagement with TEL is sometimes lower than anticipated. Consequently, the current study aims to look at what students like and dislike about a variety of TEL, in addition to looking at motivational factors which predict student engagement.

Why have I been chosen?
You are being asked to take part because you are a student currently enrolled in higher education.

What does taking part involve?
Taking part involves completing a short set of questionnaires, which should take no longer than 15-20 minutes.

Are there any benefits in my taking part?
In addition to adding to the knowledge base regarding how to maximise the effectiveness of TEL in higher education, if you are a Psychology student at the University of Southampton, you will receive 2 research credits for your participation. More generally, if you would like a copy of the results, please contact the team using the e-mails below.

Are there any risks involved?
Over and above the risks associated with computer use (e.g., eye strain), there are no further risks involved in the study.

Will my participation be confidential?
Your participation and any data you supply will remain confidential to the study team. Data will be stored anonymously on a password protected system and in full compliance with the Data Protection Act. You will also be asked to supply an e-mail address if you are happy to be contacted about similar studies in the future. In this case, your e-mail will be stored separately from your data in a secure file.

What happens if I change my mind?
You have the right to withdraw at any time during participation without being affected in any way.

What happens if something goes wrong?
If you do have any concerns or complaints, please contact Dr Mark Kennedy at Alternatively, you may contact the Chair of the Ethics Committee, Psychology, University of Southampton, Southampton, SO17 1BJ. Phone: +44 (0)23 8059 3856, email

Where can I get more information?
If you would like more information, please contact Dr Mark Kennedy at, or Dr Thomas Dunn at

If you have read, understood and agree to the above, please proceed.