Survey for Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Instructors

September 5, 2016 at 7:55 am 4 comments

From Lauren Wilcox:

Betsy DiSalvo, Dick Henneman and I have designed a survey about a topic that is near and dear to us as HCI faculty:  topics, learning goals, and learning activities in HCI classrooms!

We hope to do an annual “pulse” of HCI instructors across the globe.

The survey takes about 15 minutes. We plan to share the results with the broader academic HCI community.

We are hoping that you can take the survey, and also please share with your colleagues who teach HCI-related classes.

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  • 1. sunbyrne  |  September 6, 2016 at 2:36 am

    Consent form: says “every effort” will be made to maintain confidentiality, but gives little in the way of details. However, does say “well, when possible we’ll remove your name from syllabi.” Says nothing about separating identity and data.

    Question 1: Give us your email address.

    Let’s see… uhh, no? IRB asleep at the wheel here or what?

  • 2. Lauren Wilcox  |  September 6, 2016 at 9:53 am

    Hello Sunbyrne,

    This is Lauren Wilcox, the PI on the study, replying to provide more information.

    First, I am glad to come across people like you who are as concerned about consent and data privacy as we are!

    Email address: The question about email address is *part* of the consent (*not* survey response data).

    We do state this in the “Consent” section: “If you select the first option below and submit your email address, it means that you have read (or have had read to you) the information given in this consent form, and you would like to be a volunteer in this study.”

    Data collected for consent purposes is stored separately from survey response data.

    I would also like to clarify the sentence that you quoted (in part because we do not say “well” as you quoted).

    “We will keep syllabi documents that we receive separate from all survey data, and analyze them separately. When possible, we will remove names and email addresses from syllabi, to reduce the risk that these personal identifiers could be tied back to your individual survey data. Upon downloading your syllabi to a secure, stationary Georgia Tech server, your email to us will be expunged.”

    The “when possible” statement is included because there might be certain formats that are more difficult to anonymize. As an example, consider a syllabus with URLs that are clearly spelled out in the text, and that clearly point to the instructor’s name (because it is part of the the URL) and are embedded in the syllabus because they link to additional syllabus content. Removing these URLs is a different matter from simply removing the instructor’s name and contact information, because the linked content is part of the syllabus, but the identification is more directly embedded into the content. Thus, the study team will need to meet to make a decision about whether and how to remove these.

    I hope this helps. And if you–or anyone else–has any further questions about the confidentiality of their response data, please contact me at


  • 3. gasstationwithoutpumps  |  September 8, 2016 at 11:11 am

    It is very difficult to anonymize a syllabus—that’s like trying to anonymize a journal article, as a simple web search will often reveal the author.

    Syllabus collection should be separate from any anonymous survey collection.

    • 4. Lauren Wilcox  |  September 8, 2016 at 3:51 pm

      Indeed gasstationwithoutpumps you make a great point. The syllabi are collected separately–we ask that participants email the PIs directly with that information. That email communication is not part of the survey.


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