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Join a Research Project: How do humans and machines collaborate on teaching labor?

Syracuse University graduate student Jordan Canzonetta (Twitter) wants to know: How do humans and machines collaborate on teaching labor?

College instructors who use Turnitin, WriteLab, or EliReview, share your answers by completing a quick survey in the next two weeks. All the details are below, including a chance to participate in a paid interview.

Thanks for helping Jordan tackle an important question!


Invitation

Dear Colleagues,

My name is Jordan Canzonetta, and I’m a doctoral candidate in the Composition and Cultural Rhetoric program at Syracuse University. Over the past few years, I’ve developed a focus on educational technology as it relates to writing revision applications, plagiarism detection, and assessment software. I’ve honed my research interests to more acutely analyze how humans and machines collaborate on teaching labor, especially as the labor crisis in higher education worsens and strains contingent faculty members.

My dissertation design is shaping up as case studies of technologies with very different pedagogical orientations to composition practices. As such, I’m hoping to conduct a survey and interviews with teachers who have used either Turnitin, WriteLab, or Eli Review for at least one assignment in a college writing course (past or present). Both the Qualtrics survey and interviews are designed to learn how teaching labor changes when using these programs. Participants will remain completely anonymous for the survey,  which consists of multiple choice questions and a few fill-in options; the survey will be open for two weeks starting today. Depending on how many different technologies you have used, the survey will take approximately 5-20 minutes. If you’ve only used one of the technologies mentioned above, it shouldn’t take more than 5-10 minutes.

If survey participants would like to volunteer to interview , they may choose to leave their email in a fill-in-the-blank box in the first survey prompt (or you may email me directly at [email protected]). Interview participants will receive a $20.00 Amazon Gift Card for their time and labor, which should take 30-60 minutes. The interviews will be recorded through Evernote and conducted via Skype (with your preference of audio or video). I will contact you to schedule an interview via my Syracuse University email address. In my analysis of this data, no identifiable information will be reproduced. If you provide an email for the interviews, after twelve months (to allow time for follow up questions), I will delete your email address permanently. If at any point you wish to abandon the study, you are completely free to do so.

IRB Statements: Whenever one works with email or the internet, there is always the risk of compromising privacy, confidentiality, and/or anonymity. Your confidentiality will be maintained to the degree permitted by the technology being used. It is important for you to understand that no guarantees can be made regarding the interception of data sent via the internet by third parties.

Additionally, participants must be at least 18-years old to participate.

If have any questions for the primary investigator of this project, please reach out to [email protected] at any time. Thanks very much for your time and consideration!

Best wishes to all,

Jordan Canzonetta

IRB Statement

This research project is designed to inform dissertation data about teaching labor and educational and/or learning technology. Participants of this survey will remain completely anonymous. You will be asked a series of multiple choice and fill-in questions about your experience with the programs you use in your classrooms. To qualify for participation, you must teach college-level composition courses in the US, and you must have used either Turnitin, WriteLab, or Eli Review. The survey will take approximately 5-20 minutes depending on how many different technologies you’ve used in your classrooms. You may save your work and return at another time. In the analysis of this data, no identifiable information will be reproduced. If at any point you wish to abandon the study, you are completely free to do so. If you would like to contact the principle investigator with questions, email [email protected] This survey will be available for three weeks.

If you would like to volunteer to interview for a more detailed account of your experience with educational technology, you may choose to leave your email in the fill-in-the-blank box directly below this prompt (or, you can directly email [email protected] to schedule an interview). Interview participants will receive a $20.00 Amazon Gift Card for their time and labor (approximately 30-60 minutes). The interviews will be recorded through Evernote and conducted via Skype (with your preference of audio or video). You will be asked a series of qualitative questions about your experience with Turnitin, WriteLab, or Eli Review. If you provide an email for the interviews, after twelve months (to allow time for follow up questions), the principal investigator will delete your email address permanently. Please disregard the text-box below if you do not wish to be considered for an interview.

IRB Statements: Whenever one works with email or the internet, there is always the risk of compromising privacy, confidentiality, and/or anonymity. Your confidentiality will be maintained to the degree permitted by the technology being used. It is important for you to understand that no guarantees can be made regarding the interception of data sent via the internet by third parties.

Additionally, participants must be at least 18-years old to participate.

Cover photo credit: Logan Ingalls

Join a Research Project: How do humans and machines collaborate on teaching labor? was published to the Eli Review Blog in the category Research.

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