Media Effects Lab Subject Pool Guidelines
To request participants from the subject pool:
A few notes about using the MEL Subject Pool:
- Please make sure that there is some way for participants to provide their five-digit MEL number. This can be requested as an item on your questionnaire, or it can be in the form of a sign-in sheet if the study takes place at a physical location.
- There are students who are less than 18 years of age. Being that our research provides all students opportunities for course credit, you should also make sure that minor students have equal opportunities to earn this credit by completion of an alternate assignment. This assignment should be something that is comparable to what a student participant in your study will complete (i.e. response paper to an article). Instructions for this assignment should be included in your study description.
- A MEL researcher account will be created for you (if you do not already have one). You will use this account to provide students with the credit they earned. Use the MEL identification information the student provided via either the questionnaire or the sign-in sheet to determine which students to award credit to. Those students who did not attend a study session or who failed to complete an online study by the designated deadline should be marked as “No Show-Penalty,” unless you feel their excuse for not completing the assignment is a valid one (then mark their participation as “No-Show-No Penalty”).
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I automatically grant credit to students for an online study?
1.) Log in to your Qualtrics account and select the study you’d like to assign automatic credit grant.
4.) Once you’ve added the automatic credit grant setting on your Qualtrics survey, log in to your Sona account to make sure it is working.