No, not that kind of consenting adults! I’ve been busy over the last week doing pilot testing of my methodology – both interviews & fieldwork. As a result, I’ve been refining my protocols & tools.
The Informed Consent notecard I’ll be utilizing in SL reads as follows. Yes, a bit long, but all of the information is necessary for human subjects protection.
Thank you for volunteering to be interviewed. I’m excited to hear what you have to say. Please know that there are no right or wrong answers. Any experiences, opinions or ideas you can share will be valuable. Above all, I appreciate your honesty in answering my questions as truthfully as you can, based on your experiences.
I promise that I will not give any clues about who you are – in Second Life or real life – when presenting my research results. I will never use your avatar name, real life name (if you decide to disclose it), or any other information that could identify you. I’m bound to protect your identity and privacy by my commitment to ethical research and by the Dominican University Institutional Review Board that approved this project.
This commitment also includes keeping my records of today’s session confidential. Chat transcript, recorded video capture, and my notes will be kept securely on the hard drive of my computer and will never be shared with anyone else. I would like to keep transcripts and video parts of the interview so that I can fully pay attention to you during our session. If you do not want me keep chat transcripts or use video capture, please let me know and I will just take notes.
You were selected for this interview because you have used Second Life. You will be asked to describe your experiences. This is not a clinical or diagnostic interview. You may refuse to answer any questions, without explanation.
This research project is part of an independent study titled “Users of Virtual Worlds” under the direction of Dr. Michael Stephens, faculty at Dominican University where I am a Master’s of Library and Information Science (MLIS) student. Dominican University is in River Forrest, Illinois, U.S.A. However, I live in Minnesota (U.S.A.) and attend classes through Dominican’s partnership with the College of St. Catherine.
My research is examining how Second Life users find information. I will be presenting the results of my research in Second Life at the end of April. You are more than welcome to attend this event, and I’ll make sure to get you the details and an invitation.
Your participation in this interview is completely voluntary, and you will not be compensated for your time, in real world currency or in Linden dollars. You may refuse to participate or discontinue participation at any time without penalty.
You can find out more about this research project at my blog https://librariandreamer.wordpress.com. Or, feel free to Instant Message (IM) me anytime in Second Life.
For further information, or to verify this project is legitimate, you may contact my faculty advisor, Dr. Michael Stephens at 708-524-6603 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or the Dominican University Institutional Review Board Chair, Dr. Charlie Stoops at 708-366-3288 or email IRBadministrator@dom.edu.
Thank you for your participation in my research.
(Margaret Ostrander in Real Life)