iLearn? Magazine platform production and adaptive learning informed consent form


Participants are invited to participate in a research study. The purpose of this study is to explore the transition in magazines from print media to digital editions for tablets like the iPad. Content creators and IT staff members at magazines will be surveyed about the magazines’ platform priorities and stances on innovation, as well as the expertise and the types of training required to create digital editions.



An electronic survey will be distributed via a link with close-ended and open-ended questions. Participants will provide demographic information, answer questions about their perceptions of the print-to-digital shift, and have the option to provide contact information if interested in being interviewed for a larger, more in-depth project in the future. The survey will take 20-30 minutes of the participants’ time.



No foreseeable risks are perceived at this stage.



This project will provide a thorough exploration of magazine content creators’ and IT staff members’ perceptions of the shift from print media to digital editions for tablets such as the iPad. This scholarly study will fill a research gap because this digital shift has not been studied as widely for magazines as it has been for newspapers. This project will strengthen magazine staff members’ understanding of digital editions for tablets, the skills needed to develop them successfully, and the challenges involved with changing technological platforms. This is the right time to perform this study because tablet editions of magazines have become standard, but staff members still struggle to make this shift and meet its competing demands. Finally, the study will provide a starting point for charting the larger shift in magazines from print media to websites to tablet editions to mobile editions.



The information in the study records will be kept confidential. Data will be stored securely and will be made available only to persons conducting the study unless participants specifically give permission in writing to do otherwise. No reference will be made in oral or written reports which could link participants to the study.



Participants will receive no compensation for their participation in this study. However, the anonymous results will be shared. The researchers look forward to sending the results to you.



The University of Tennessee does not “automatically” reimburse subjects for medical claims or other compensation. If physical injury is suffered in the course of research, or for more information, please notify the investigators in charge (Dr. Elizabeth Hendrickson at (865) 974-4452 and Dr. Vandana Singh at (865) 974-2785).



If you have questions at any time about the study or the procedures, or you experience adverse effects as a result of participating in this study, you may contact the researchers, Dr. Elizabeth Hendrickson, at Room 335, 1345 Circle Park Drive, Knoxville, TN, 37996, and (865) 974-4452, and Dr. Vandana Singh, at Room 449, 1345 Circle Park Drive, Knoxville, TN, 37996, and (865) 974-2785. If you have questions about your rights as a participant, contact the Office of Research Compliance at (865) 974-3466.



Your participation in this study is voluntary; you may decline to participate without penalty. If you decide to participate, you may withdraw from the study at any time without penalty and without loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled. If you withdraw from the study before data collection is completed, your data will be returned to you or destroyed.




I have read the above information. I have received a copy of this form. I agree to participate in this study.