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Evaluation of the academic, social, and behavioral influences of a high school esports league

Lead Researcher: Dr. Constance Steinkuehler

Lead Researcher Dr. Constance Steinkuehler and researchers from the Informatics Department at the University of California, Irvine are recruiting participants for a research study about the effects of participation in an esports club on a member’s STEM career interest and knowledge, development of social and emotional skills (SEL), relationships with peers and adults, academic success, and communication, collaboration and emotional self-regulation skills. This study may help us to better understand the intersection between high school esports and student learning and development.

You are eligible to participate in this study if you are at least 13 years of age or older and are a member of a NASEF club or a General Manager of a NASEF club.

As part of participating, you will be asked to fill out an online survey. This survey covers a wide range of topics from STEM interests to your satisfaction with the NASEF program.

The study will take place online, across multiple survey session. Survey sessions will be at the beginning and end of the academic school years, as well as at the end of any NASEF tournaments. Depending on your level of participation, your duration may last up to 1 hours per survey for a possible max total of 2 hours. Please note that most participants finish the survey in less than 20 minutes, which would only be a total possible time of 80 minutes.   

If you are a member and wish to participate: You will receive a $5 gift card for completing the first survey. You will receive a $10 gift card for each a second completed. There are 2 possible sessions. Total possible compensation for participation in this study is $15.  If you decide to withdraw from the study or are withdrawn by the research team, you will receive compensation for the visits that you have completed. Gift cards will be for Amazon and sent electronically. 

If you are a GS and wish to participate: You will receive a $25 Amazon gift card at the completion of the survey. The gift card will be delivered electronically. Total possible compensation for participation in this study is $25. If you decide to withdraw from the study or are withdrawn by the research team, you will receive compensation for the visits that you have completed 

If you participate, there is no anticipated direct benefit.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact Remy Cross at bcross@uci.edu

Study Information Sheet for Parents of NASEF Club Members
Evaluation of the Academic, Social, and Behavioral Influences of a High School Esports League

 Lead Researcher

Dr. Constance Steinkuehler
Informatics
(949) 824-8716 const@uci.edu

In the instance of parental permission, “You” refers to “Your child.”

·       Please read the information below and ask questions about anything that you do not understand.  A researcher listed above will be available to answer your questions.

·       You are being asked to participate in a research study. Participation in this study is voluntary. You may choose to skip a question or a study procedure. You may refuse to participate or discontinue your involvement at any time without penalty or loss of benefits.  You are free to withdraw from this study at any time. If you decide to withdraw from this study, you should notify the research team immediately.

 ·       You are being asked to participate in a research study. The proposed research aims to measure the effects of participation in an esports club on a student’s STEM career interest and knowledge, development of social and emotional skills (SEL), relationships with peers and adults, academic success, and communication, collaboration and emotional self-regulation skills.

·       You are eligible to participate in this study if you are a member of the North American Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF) and at least 13 years of age.

·       The research procedures involve taking online surveys in a Pre/Post Test format. The study will take place online, across multiple survey sessions. These survey sessions will be at the beginning and end of the academic school years, as well as at the end of NASEF tournaments. Depending on your level of participation, your duration may last up to 1 hours per survey for a possible max total of 2 hours across 2 survey sessions. Please note that most participants finish the survey in less than 20 minutes, which would only be a total possible time of 40 minutes.

·       Possible risks and/or discomforts associated with the study are minimal and should be no greater than those experienced by the general public on a daily basis. Slight discomforts during demographic questions is possible, however they should be familiar to most individuals. There is a possibility of embarrassment or other emotional discomfort when answering other topical survey questions. The possibility of social retaliation concerning respondent’s responses is highly unlikely. Identifiable information may be collected during the study; however, a potential breach of confidentiality is highly unlikely.

·       There are no direct benefits from participation in the study.  However, this study will be among the first few evaluations of a high school esports league in the USA that we are aware of. As such, it has the potential to break new ground in education and games research in terms of how to incorporate this popular technology into school environments and measure the benefits of club participations in those environments.

·       There are no alternative procedures available.  The only alternative is not to participate in this study.

·       All research data collected will be stored securely and confidentially on a password secured data computer within the research team’s lab.  Personal identifiable information will not be published or used in presentation. De-identified data may be moved to portable devices during the analysis period. No identifiable data will be stored/moved on portable devices. 

·       The research team, authorized UCI personnel, and regulatory entities, may have access to your study records to protect your safety and welfare.

Additionally, the research team has partnered with the PEAR institute to use their Common Instrument Suite within the member survey session. Only de-identified data collected with this instrument will be shared with the PEAR institute.

While the research team will make every effort to keep your personal information confidential, it is possible that an unauthorized person might see it.  We cannot guarantee total privacy.

·       Future Research Use

Researchers will use your information to conduct this study. Once the study is done using your information, we may share them with other researchers, so they can use them for other studies in the future. We will not share your name or any other private identifiable information that would let the researchers know who you are. We will not ask you for additional permission to share this de-identified information.

·       The researchers intend to keep the de-identified research data indefinitely.

·       You will receive a $5 gift card for completing the first survey. You will receive a $10 gift card for a second survey completed at a later date from the first. There are 2 possible session opportunities for the second survey. Total possible compensation for participation in this study is $15. If you decide to withdraw from the study or are withdrawn by the research team, you will receive compensation for the visits that you have completed. Gift cards will be for Amazon and sent electronically.

·       There is no cost to you for participation in this study.

·       If, during the course of this study, significant new information becomes available that may relate to your willingness to continue to participate, this information will be provided to you by the research team listed at the top of the form.

·       If you have any comments, concerns, or questions regarding the conduct of this research please contact the researchers listed at the top of this form.

·       It is important that you promptly tell the researchers if you believe that you have been injured because of taking part in this study.  You can tell the researcher in person or call him/her at the number listed at the top of this form.

·       Please contact the UCI Institutional Review Board by phone, (949) 824-6662, by e-mail at IRB@research.uci.edu or at 141 Innovation Drive, Suite 250, Irvine, CA 92697 if you are unable to reach the researchers listed at the top of the form and have general questions; have concerns or complaints about the research; have questions about your rights as a research subject; or have general comments or suggestions.

What is an IRB?  An Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee made up of scientists and non-scientists. The IRB’s role is to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects involved in research.  The IRB also assures that the research complies with applicable regulations, laws, and institutional policies.