INTRODUCTION

You are being asked to volunteer for a research study. It is up to you whether you choose to participate or not. There will be no penalty or loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled if you choose not to participate or to discontinue participation.

The Maturing Advanced Distributed Learning in Exercises (MADLx) Project is an Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative effort focused on building the foundations for measuring learning effectiveness in mission rehearsals. It is expected that your participation in the Training Event Joint Ops will last eighteen days. You will also be asked to access on-line learning content related to the Training Event Joint Ops. The risks or discomforts associated with this research are minimal and the same as what you face every day. As a result of your participation, you can anticipate enhanced performance in the training event.

PURPOSE OF MLS PROJECT

The objective of the MADLx Project is to build the foundations for measuring learning effectiveness in mission rehearsals to help management make better decisions about the best ways to use different learning approaches in mission rehearsals.

The goal of the research study is to develop and field test measurement standards with analytics enhanced learning content in exercises. You are being asked to participate in this study because you are a participant in the Joint Ops event.

DURATION OF INVOLVEMENT

If you agree to be in this research, your participation in the MADLx study will occur in April, 2021. It should take each participant approximately 60 minutes to complete each course module, and another 20 minutes to complete the test.

Each participant must first register by accepting the Informed Consent, complete a demographics questionnaire and take a pre-test. This should take approximately five (5) minutes.

Once registered, each participant is asked to access the learning content and utilize it as they see fit. You may return to the learning content as many times as you like during the study period, including during the event. The learning content contains material related to Joint Operations. Each course should take about 60 minutes.

Your participation in the Training Event Joint Operations will also be observed for the full scheduled 18 days of the event.

After the event is complete, each participant is asked to return to the learning portal to complete a final survey questionnaire. This should take approximately 20 minutes.

RISKS AND DISCOMFORTS

This research is considered as minimal risk. That means that the risks associated with this study are the same as what you face every day. There are no known risks to anyone who participates in this study.

POTENTIAL BENEFITS

You may find that the learning content provided will enhance your performance in the training event. There may be no personal benefit from your participation, but the knowledge collected through this study may be of value to humanity. You will not receive any compensation for your participation in this study.

VOLUNTARY PARTICIPATION AND WITHDRAWAL

Taking part in this research study is your decision. Your participation in this study is voluntary. You do not have to take part in this study, but if you do, you can stop at any time. Your decision whether to participate will not affect your relationship with the US ADL Initiative and Jefferson Institute. There are no penalty/consequences/loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled, if you do not participate.

You have the right to choose not to participate in any study activity or completely withdraw from continued participation at any point in this study without penalty/consequences/loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled.

If you withdraw from the study, the data collected to the point of withdrawal will be deleted.

CONFIDENTIALITY

All data regarding your participation will remain confidential with the appropriate safeguards in accordance with US DoD guidelines, Canadian, European Union (EU) regulations and other international human research protection requirements. Only summarized and averaged information will be presented in the project and any technical reports and scientific presentations. Published information will not contain any personal identifiers associated with participants.

There is little to no risk of breach of confidentiality. Each participant is assigned a unique Personal Identification Number (PIN) to ensure anonymity. This PIN allows the volunteer to participate without being identified.

The data collected during this evaluation will not contain any personal data or “identifiable characteristics”. All data collection will be limited only to the essential information required to evaluate the success of the project. Initially, the Jefferson Institute will maintain the data collected during the MADLx study for 180-days after the MADLx study has completed so that it can be analysed by the MADLx Testing & Evaluation Team. Subsequently, the non- attributable data will be transferred to the Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative for archiving, and to support further research related to the effectiveness of learning in mission rehearsals and for the benefit of e-Learning researchers.

If you have questions, concerns, contact the research team at: MADLx@jeffersoninst.org

An Institutional Review Board (“IRB”) is overseeing this research. An IRB is a group of people who perform independent review of research studies to ensure the rights and welfare of participants are protected. If you have questions about your rights or wish to speak with someone other than the research team, you may contact: Jefferson Institute IRB at IRB@jeffersoninst.org

CONSENT OF MADLx STUDY PARTICIPANT

Each Joint Ops event Participant is required to provide their “voluntary consent” to participate in the Training Event Joint Ops MADLx evaluation, and acknowledge they accept the terms and conditions stated herein.

After the participant clicks on the hyperlink and accesses the MADLx Training Event Joint Ops learning portal, he/she will be asked to electronically “acknowledge and accept the terms and conditions” of this Informed Consent Form. Once accepted, they will be able to proceed with the evaluation.

I have read and considered the information presented in this form. I confirm that I understand the purpose of the research and the study procedures. I understand that I may ask questions at any time and can withdraw my participation without prejudice. I have read this consent form. Checking the box below indicates my willingness to participate in this study.

I consent to participate in this study.