Please read this letter of information.
If you consent to participate in the study, complete the registration form at the bottom of the page.
The Impact of Snap-Courses on Pilot Safety Knowledge and Attitude.
Suzanne Kearns, PhD, DAN Management and Organizational Studies, University of Western Ontario
Version Date: October 10, 2013
1. Invitation to Participate
You are being invited to participate in this research study that is exploring the potential for computer-based pilot safety courses to enhance knowledge and safety attitudes. As a recreational, student, private, or commercial pilot, we are interested in how you interact with these training courses and whether or not they improve knowledge and attitudes.
2. Purpose of the Letter
The purpose of this letter is to provide you with information required for you to make an informed decision regarding whether or not to participate in this research.
3. Purpose of this Study
The purpose of this study is to explore the feasibility of delivering electronic pilot safety training in short increments (approximately 5-7 minutes in duration). We will be exploring issues including knowledge retention, impact on safety attitude, and pilot reaction to this type of training. A key component of the investigation is whether the method and rate of delivery of safety training impacts participant’s learning experiences. The findings from this study will guide the development of future aviation safety training.
4. Inclusion Criteria
Individuals who are at least 18 years of age and who have the minimum experience of a student pilot certificate are eligible to participate in this study. However, pilots of all levels of experience are being sought to participate in the study. Participants must be fluent in English. Participants must have access to the internet.
5. Exclusion Criteria
Individuals who are under the age of 18 or who have not yet achieved a student pilot certificate are not eligible to participate in this study.
6. Study Procedures
If you agree to participate, you will be asked to register your information on the online research portal. Once you have registered, you will be asked to complete a survey assessing your attitudes towards safety. You will then be automatically assigned to one of three groups. Each group will complete training in a different way: Group 1 will complete training when they choose, Group 2 will complete training within a 2-week period at the beginning of the study, and Group 3 will complete training a little at a time over a 4-month period.
Then, you will have access to a series of aviation safety snap-courses. A snap-course is a 5-7 minute unit of instruction that is interactive and media-rich. There are a total of 36 snap courses, or about 3.5 hours of training, that you will be asked to complete. You will also be given knowledge tests at periodic intervals throughout the study. The total duration of the study is 4 months; however some people will finish all the snap-courses quickly while others will have their training spread out over time depending upon their Group.
Everyone will be asked to complete a final knowledge and attitude questionnaire 4 months after you began the study. When you complete the final knowledge and attitude questionnaire you will be emailed a certificate of completion. All training will be conducted over your computer/tablet at a location of your choosing. There will be approximately 1000 participants in this study.
7. Possible Risks and Harms
There are no known risks are harms associated with this study. Participation in this study is completely voluntary and you are free to withdraw at any time.
8. Possible Benefits
The safety training you will receive as part of the study is valued at approximately $100. The possible benefits may be improvement of your aviation safety skills, which may help you manage and avoid risks while flying. The possible benefits to society may be the identification of improved safety training practices which may improve aviation industry risk management and safety practices.
You will not be compensated for your participation in this research and there is no cost to you to participate.
10. Voluntary Participation
Participation in this study is voluntary. You may refuse to participate, refuse to answer any questions or withdraw from the study at any time with no effect on your future academic status or employment.
All data collected will remain confidential and accessible only to the investigators of this study. If the results are published, your name will not be used. If you choose to withdraw from this study, your data will be removed and destroyed from our database.
12. Contacts for Further Information
If you require any further information regarding this research project or your participation in the study you may contact Dr. Suzanne Kearns, (519) 661-2111 x81465, firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions about your rights as a research participant or the conduct of this study, you may contact The Office of Research Ethics (519) 661-3036, email: email@example.com.
If the results of the study are published, your name will not be used. If you would like to receive a copy of any potential study results, please contact Dr. Suzanne Kearns, (519) 661-2111 x81465, firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have read the Letter of Information, have had the nature of the study explained to me and I agree to participate. All questions have been answered to my satisfaction. Continuing on to register for the course is indication of my consent to participate in this study.
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Research Study Registration Form
Thank you for your interest in the research study. At this time, our study is at capacity and we are no longer accepting new participants. If you are interested in the results of the study they will be posted on www.kearnstrainingsolutions.com in the Spring of 2014.