This email came across one of my open source mailing lists yesterday and thought it might be of interest to some of you:
We are asking you for some help from the Open Source communities.
As researchers at the University of Tennessee we are interested in
discovering more about learning and interactions of members of the open
source forums. This research is conducted through the University of
Tennessee and is in no way associated with any forum organization. To
further our research we would like input from forum members. The responses
are very important to us so we can better understand what tools help forum
members learn and have a productive experience in participation.
There are two ways you can help:
1. Take a survey about the tools you use in the forum.
We are requesting approximately 15 minutes of your time to participate in
Survey link: http://survey.utk.edu/mrIWeb/mrIWeb.dll?I.Project=FORUMLEARN
*As a thank you, upon exiting the survey you will be given an opportunity to
submit information to be entered in a drawing for a tablet computer (iPad).
2. Have a one on one interview talking about the forums, how you learn,
and tools used. *As a thank you for your interview you will be sent a
$25.00 gift card. * Email email@example.com for more information.
You may do either or both of the above. Please be assured that your answers
will be confidential. No individual’s answers will ever be identified in
any report. Should you have any questions about the project or our interest
in using the results, we encourage you to contact Lila Holt, at
firstname.lastname@example.org) or Vandana Singh at email@example.com.
Contact information you provide for the drawing is completely separate from
your survey answers and there will be no way to identify participants in the
actual survey responses. Nor will contact information be used for any other
purpose. The odds of being selected will depend on the number of respondents
to this survey.
Thank you so much!