NASATalk is an online collaborative, which educators are invited to visit and join (by registration) voluntarily. The collaborative features articles about NASA products and upcoming NASA-related opportunities. Most of the areas on the website are public and open for participant comments and ratings without registration to the site. There are several private collaboratives set up at the request of NASA partners and collaborating institutions. Registration to NASATalk and an invitation with a subscription code for the specific private collaborative are required. Below is a description of the process for collecting, distributing, and recording information. Personal identifying information is not required to register for NASATalk. Only a first name, username (created by the user), an e-mail address, and password are needed to register at NASATalk. Additional information is requested but is not required. All usernames used for research purposes will first be coded as pseudonyms to reference participant posting and navigation on the site.
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- NASATalk participants can elect not to have their postings included in the study by sending an e-mail to
or direct a letter to the Center for Educational Technologies.
- Participation in this research is voluntary, and personal identifying information will not be used in the research analysis.
- Those requesting to host their own blog or collaborative complete a form that asks if they agree to participate in NASATalk research. Agreeing to participate in the research does not affect whether or not an individual’s request for a blog or collaborative is approved. Individuals can choose not to participate in the research without penalty.
- All electronic files after data collection are kept in a coded database form with no personal identifiers. Hard copies will be kept in a secured locked office space with no personal identifiers. All information will be reported only in aggregate form.
- Upon request, the results of the study can be provided to participants in aggregate form after they are formulated.
- There are no foreseeable risks or discomforts to participating in this study.
- The NASATalk content collaborative website is a public repository for NASA education resources, including discussion about their use, best practices, articles, and personal reflections in using these resources.
- Conducting research in online Internet forums brings new ethical considerations about informing members and other participants about the research intent on NASATalk. As mentioned above, members and visitors of the NASATalk site are informed about the public nature of the site as well as its educational research intent. See the following links:
- Many types of information are shared on the NASATalk site using Web 2.0 tools, including blogs, articles, comments, videos, audio files, pictures, hyperlinks to internal NASATalk links and external websites, and discussion forums. As these web tools change, so do their interfaces on NASATalk.
- One of the common types of content posted on NASATalk is blogs. Blogs provide many different kinds of levels of interactivity and are multimodal, permitting additions of YouTube videos, links to resources, pictures, text, and audio files. Blogs reveal reflections, description, and, like personal diaries, help members and visitors make sense of their identity and others (Hookway, 2008). The personal nature of these postings requires thoughtful, ethical consideration about informed consent. Ethical consideration for treatment of online content in research is receiving greater attention in the literature.
Here are specific methods and documents for obtaining informed consent of research subjects and cooperating institutions (where applicable):
- Collaborative subscriptions
- Blog or Collaborative Application Form
- Adult Research Consent Form
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