Participants were informed verbally in lessons and through an e-mail. As intentions are not only to encourage students to engage in I.T. led home-study, but also to reduce paper work, a paper-based consent form was issued and they were asked to confirm their consent by signing the document.
Confidentiality was addressed as we assured students that their names would be removed from any document or results and they would have the opportunity to opt out of the project at any time.
As the system we chose could be accessed through any device, we were hopeful that risks to participation will be minimal. To minimise any risks we intend to condense the trial to a 30-day period to ensure that the students’ access to the free software remains active.