[ProgSoc] Donate your eyes to Science

Carlin Rookes carlin at progsoc.org
Wed Sep 2 07:52:20 AEST 2015


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> DONATE YOUR EYES TO SCIENCE
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> PhD student Alireza Ahadi ("Al") and I request that you donate your eyes to science.  You only have to give us your eyes for thirty minutes to an hour, and then we'll give them back.
> 
> Al and I are involved in an international project that studies how people learn to program.  The aim of the project is to improve the teaching of programming. In this specific part of the project, we will show you two pieces of Java code and ask you some questions about the code.  While you are reading the code, your eye movements will be tracked by a special device that records what parts of the code you look at.   (The device is like a camera, so you aren't wired up to anything. It's quite an interesting device. )  We estimate the task will take you thirty minutes to an hour.  
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> We are looking to collect data from a wide variety of students -- all the way from students who find programming in Java too easy and too much fun, to students who like programming in Java less than a visit to the dentist.
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> If you are willing to volunteer for this study, please send an email to BOTH Al and Raymond ...Alireza.Ahadi at uts.edu.au <mailto:Alireza.Ahadi at uts.edu.au>,Raymond.Lister at uts.edu.au <mailto:Raymond.Lister at uts.edu.au> .. and tell us what times you will be available this week and/or next week to donate up to an hour of your time.  The possible times at which we can collect data are:
> Thursday September 3: any time
> Friday September 4:  any time
> Monday September 7, anytime between 9am and 3pm.
> Tuesday September 8,  anytime 9am to 11am.
> Thursday September 10: any time
> Friday September 11:  any time
> Under the dashed line below is the formal "information sheet" that we are required to give you prior to you participating in this study.
> 
> Hoping to hear from you,
> 
> Assoc. Prof. Raymond Lister
> Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology,
> Building 11, level 7, Room 117
> University of Technology, Sydney.
> 
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> INFORMATION SHEET A study of programmer’s focus point (Ethical approval number: 2015000535)
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> WHO IS DOING THE RESEARCH?
> My name is Alireza Ahadi and I am a student at UTS.  My supervisor is Associate professor Raymond Lister.
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> WHAT IS THIS RESEARCH ABOUT?
> The objectives of the experiment are to get insights into the role of expertise in program comprehension. A dataset containing recordings of eye-movements of participants with varying level of expertise will be collected.
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> IF I SAY YES, WHAT WILL IT INVOLVE?
> You will be given a questionnaire and asked to understand two programs. While you are browsing the code on the machine, the eye tracker device will be recording the pixel information of where exactly you are looking at. There is no time limit for any task and we estimate the task to take approximately thirty minutes of your time. All source codes can be compiled. By proceeding you agree to take part in this study and that your anonymized data will be used for research purposes.
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> ARE THERE ANY RISKS/INCONVENIENCE?
> There are very few if any risks because the research has been carefully designed. 
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> WHY HAVE I BEEN ASKED?
> You are able to give me the information I need to find out about more about the programming comprehension. You are selected on a completely random basis and perhaps your interest in an IT course at UTS might best explain why you are here.
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> DO I HAVE TO SAY YES?
> You don’t have to say yes.
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> WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF I SAY NO?
> Nothing.  I will thank you for your time so far and won’t contact you about this research again.
> 
> IF I SAY YES, CAN I CHANGE MY MIND LATER?
> You can change your mind at any time and you don’t have to say why.  I will thank you for your time so far and won’t contact you about this research again.
> 
> WHAT IF I HAVE CONCERNS OR A COMPLAINT?
> If you have concerns about the research that you think I or my supervisor can help you with, please feel free to contact me on ALIREZA.AHADI at UTS.EDU.AU <mailto:ALIREZA.AHADI at UTS.EDU.AU>.  
> If you would like to talk to someone who is not connected with the research, you may contact the Research Ethics Officer via Research.Ethics at uts.edu.au <mailto:Research.Ethics at uts.edu.au>, and quote this number: 2015000535.
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