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Guidance for online recruitment

Here are a few documents that provide additional guidance for online recruitment. If you’re a psychology student, please note that these documents are meant to be used as an addition to the online recruitment workshop that you would have attended.

Getting started Summary of key
functions for those
who have already
attended the workshop.
Download guide
Question types Overview
of all question types
that can be created
with Qualtrics
Brief guide Detailed guide
Uploading graphics
to surveys
How to upload images,
audio, and video files to your surveys
Brief guide Detailed guide
Hot spot questions How to create hot
spot questions
in your survey
Brief guide Detailed guide
Heat map questions How to create heat
maps in your survey
Brief guide Detailed guide
Timing questions How to record click
times and submission
times in your survey
Brief guide Detailed guide
Randomisation How to randomise
answer choices,
questions, and blocks
Brief guide Detailed guide
Importing survey data to SPSS How to get your data
from Qualtrics to SPSS
Download guide
Guide for supervisors Collaborating
with students and
approving studies
Download guide

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RECRUITING ONLINE

Qualtrics is an easy to use web-based survey tool to conduct survey research and other data collection research. It can be used for simple Likert type responses as well as free text questions, what’s more it has the ability to ask more complex questions, do all sorts of randomisation and present a wide range of stimuli such as images and videos.  Qualtrics is easy to use to build surveys, distribute surveys and analyse responses – all from any online location, any time you need!

Psychology students recruiting participants online must use Qualtrics when they reach their final year.

Level 4 and Level 5 psychology students must complete 2 online studies and earn at least 10 participation credits from taking part in face to face studies per year before they can use Qualtrics or SONA for their dissertation in Level 6. This gives students really valuable experience of participating in studies, and enables dissertation students reach ambitious  recruitment targets. Dissertation students  award 1 participation credit for every online survey participants complete. Members of the public can also participate.

For… dissertation students new to Qualtrics who want to create a survey and recruit

You will gain access to your Qualtrics account when you attend one of the dissertation workshops for online recruitment. Look out for an e-mail about these workshops in the first semester. Your study won’t go live until you request approval from your supervisor, so please feel free to experiment as soon as you have your account. Qualtrics is easy to use, and you can put your study up yourself with no help if you’d prefer. Guidance will appear here in due course.

Click here to log in to Qualtrics.

For… Level 4,5 and 6 psychology students who want to participate

You can start participating in online studies at any time. You must complete  2 online surveys per year. You must also earn 10 participation credits per year – participation in online studies goes towards your SONA credits credits, but can earn a maximum 2 SONA credits from this. You receive 1 participation credit for every survey you complete. All psychology students are strongly encouraged to take part in as many studies as they can, as they will be helping dissertation students and gaining insight that will definitely help when it comes to dissertation time and thinking about a career! A prize for the Level 4 and Level 5 student participating in the most studies will be awarded at the next BUDS conference.

Click here to see available studies.

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For… Anybody else who wants to participate in psychology studies: 

Anybody can participate in studies, not just students. You can participate by clicking on the link provided with each study. If you find a study interesting, feel free to share it on social media or send it to friends to help the researchers reach their recruitment numbers.

Click here to see available studies.

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For more guidance on online recruitment click here.

Got questions? Contact a psychology technician!

RECRUITING FACE-TO-FACE

All psychology dissertation students recruiting human participants face to face must use SONA when they reach their third year.

Level 4 and Level 5 psychology students must earn 10 SONA credits  per year before they can use SONA or Qualtrics for their dissertation in Level 6. This gives students really valuable experience of participating in studies, and enables dissertation students reach ambitious  recruitment targets. Dissertation students  award participants 1 SONA credit for every 15 minutes participation, and bonus 5 credits for face-to-face studies. Members of the public can also create accounts and participate.

For… dissertation students new to SONA:

Your SONA account will be upgraded to a researcher account when you attend one of the SONA dissertation workshops. Look out for an email about the SONA workshops in the first semester! Your study won’t go live until you click “send request” asking the administrator for approval so please feel free to experiment as soon as you have your account. SONA is easy to use and you can easily put your study on yourself with no help if you’d prefer. Everybody using SONA to recruit participants should read the SONA and ethics document, it will hopefully be useful for your ethics application documents!

Have a look at this document if you need advice on how to complete your study information page on SONA.

For… Level 4, 5 and 6 psychology students who want to participate:

You’ll be given a participant account in Level 4 and will be able to  begin participating in studies as soon as you’ve logged on. You must earn at least 10 SONA credits per year for participation. You receive 1 SONA credit for every 15 minutes of participation + additional 5 credits for face-to-face studies. 2 of these credits will need to come from  participating in online studies. All psychology students are strongly encouraged to take part in as many studies as they can as they will be helping dissertation students and gaining insight that will definitely help when it comes to dissertation time and thinking about a career! A prize for the Level 4 and Level 5 student participating in the most studies will be awarded at the next BUDS conference.  Very Important: Psychology students must only use the participant account which is emailed to them from SONA, they are forbidden for requesting additional participant accounts (as set out below).

For… Anybody else who wants to participate in psychology studies:

Anybody can participate in studies, not just students. If you are a Brighton psychology student you must use your participant account. Members of public and non-psychology students can participate by clicking the link to SONA at the bottom of this page, clicking “Request Account”, and filling in the information asked for – you’ll need to give yourself a username, anything will do! You’ll get an email with your account details and be able to click a link to start participating.

For… Supervisors:

All psychology dissertation supervisors are automatically enrolled as PIs (called Principal Investigators on SONA). Your students set you as their PI when they register their study. If one of your students puts their study on SONA and asks for it to be approved to go live you will get an email from a psychology technician asking you to confirm you are content with the study. Only when you approve it will the student’s study go live and they can start recruiting.

For… Everyone

If you have any questions, please click here to contact the psychology technicians! Click here for a long guide to SONA, with everything that you could possibly need to know. We do not recommend you read it all, but it could be a useful reference if you have specific questions.

Finally! How do I find SONA? Please click: Take me to SONA!

 

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Story Completion

 

Story completion is a method used or qualitative research, wherein participants express their views on a topic by completing a story normally started by the researcher. This post will give you an overview of the method, including some tips and practicalities to think about when designing a research study that uses story completion.


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