Frequently Asked Questions ABOUT THE EXPERIMENT REQUIREMENT
Logging in to OPERA
The Research Paper Alternative
Not Fulfilling the Research Requirement/Incompletes
See "Important Dates to Remember".
The experiments vary in length. Some last a half hour, some an hour, and a few are very long, like 4 or 5 hours.
You may sign up by accessing OPERA, and logging in using your UT EID and password.
The deadline for participating in experiments is Friday, July 5th, 3013. No experiments will be run after this date and it is your responsibility to make sure you have completed all 5 hours by then.
E-mail the Research Coordinator, Whitney Faulkner, at email@example.com to activate your user account. You must include your EID in the email.
If you are under 18 you must first submit a parental permission form (available outside SEA 4.208 or on the web in PDF format here). Once signed by your parent/guardian, return it to Whitney Faulkner in SEA 4.212 via hand delivery, mail, or fax (512-471-6175).
This problem stems from the fact that you are trying to log in from a computer while you are off-campus. Adding an app. to your computer that makes it look like you are on campus will help. It is a VPN Client (Virtual Private Network) and you can get it (free for UT faculty/staff/students) from Bevoware.
1) Go to http://www.utexas.edu/its/bevoware/
2) Click on "BevoWare software downloads"
3) Log in with your EID and password.
4) Read the "Bevoware Usage Statement"
5) Search "Cisco Systems VPN Client" (found under "Utliities", near the bottom of the page) and select the version to match your operating system.
6) Install the application.
You will need to have the application running before you log into OPERA (or any other UT website), but this will make your computer 'look' as if it is on-campus.
If you have trouble with Bevoware (not OPERA), you can call the University ITS Office at (512) 475-9400.
Prescreening is an online questionnaire that the experimenters use to find subjects who are eligible for their studies on special populations. You are not required to participate in prescreening. However, it is a good idea for two reasons. First, it gets your first 0.5 hour of credit out of the way. Second, by doing prescreening, you potentially increase the number of experiments you are eligible for.
You are not required to participate in prescreening. However, it is a good idea for two reasons. First, it gets your first 0.5 hour of credit out of the way. Second, by doing prescreening, you potentially increase the number of experiments you are eligible for.
See "Important Dates to Remember".
The prescreening questionnaire is available online from Thursday, June 6th until Friday, June 14th To register for the prescreening survey, log on to the OPERA system here: https://opera.laits.utexas.
The survey is not available after June 14th.
Once you register for the prescreening survey, you will not see it on the “Browse All Experiments” list. To regain access to continue filling out the survey, look at the bottom of the first page you come to after you log into OPERA with your EID. You will see a third option presented instead of the customary two; “Surveys requiring my attention”. Use this link to continue taking the prescreening survey.
Yes, most experiments do not have prescreening as a prerequisite. Please remember that the prescreening is optional.
You can participate in a limited number of online-only surveys.
The only exception to this rule is if you are selected for an online study based on your prescreening answers.
Always print out and save the confirmation page at the end of an online survey. You should be able to view your credit online within two weeks. If your credit does not show up online within two weeks, send a copy of the confirmation page to the research coordinator, Whitney Faulkner. You can hand deliver a copy to SEA 4.212 or fax a copy to 471-6175.
You can only participate in studies with different numbers. For example, you cannot participate in more than one of these studies: 327A, 327B, 327C. You can participate in all of these studies: 37A, 307A, 371A. If you participate in studies with the same number, you will only receive credit for the first study in which you participated. You can participate in studies with the same letter.
Yes. The letter associated with the experiment number only means something to the Research Coordinator and the researcher; students do not have to worry about them.
In this case, please review the instructions that appeared at the end of your survey (and are likely on the confirmation page that you printed out) and make sure that you followed them. If you have already done so, please contact the researcher.
Consider the risk you take by waiting until the end of the term to complete your experiments. For example, if you only have 1.0 hour left to complete, and the 1.0 hour session that you are signed-up to participate in on the last day that OPERA is open gets cancelled by a researcher, you may not be able to finish the requirement by the deadline. Similarly, the only remaining sessions may have eligibility restrictions that prevent you from registering for the experiment. No exceptions will be made for students who leave their participation until too late in the semester.
To cancel yourself from an experiment (which must be done 6 hours or more in advance) log on to OPERA and click “Browse Registered Experiments.” Click on “View” next to the experiment that you cannot attend. When the experiment session details come up, click on “Unregister.” You will then see a message saying that you are unregistered from the experiment session.
If you are unable to cancel yourself from a study more than 6 hours in advance due to an emergency or other serious scheduling conflict, contact the Research Coordinator as soon as possible. There is still a possibility that you will be docked an hour without appropriate documentation.
Credit is not reported instantaneously. It may take up to two weeks for your credit to be recorded on OPERA. Some researchers, due to the nature of their study, cannot report credits until the end of the semester.
E-mail the Research Coordinator, Whitney Faulkner, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just as you are allowed to cancel yourself from an experiment session 6 hours or more in advance, researchers are permitted to modify or cancel a session 6 hours or more ahead of time. When a research cancels a session 6 or more hours in advance, you do not receive credit for the experiment, nor will you receive a penalty. A cancellation notice will appear at the top of the screen when you login to OPERA and on your “Browse Registered Experiments” page. You will want to check OPERA within 6 hours of your session to confirm there has not been a cancellation.
I’m sorry, but that is why we have the “six hour” policy for both participants and researchers.
If you go to an experiment session, and the researcher fails to show up, submit a Research Error Correction Form within 5 days to the experiment coordinator located in SEA 4.208. Research Error Correction Forms can be found on the wall, outside of SEA 4.208 or on the web as a downloadable PDF file (via the link to Research Error Correction Form). If a researcher fails to show, you will be given 1.0 hour of free credit, regardless of how many hours of credit the experiment session was worth.
If you missed an experiment and did not cancel your participation at least 6 hours before your assigned time, you will be penalized ONE HOUR, regardless of how many hours of credit the experiment session was worth. This penalty applies for each experiment session you miss. If you have a verifiable excuse (doctor’s note, etc.) submit a Research Error Correction Form (found outside of SEA 4.208 in the wall bins) within 5 days of the missed experiment to the Research Coordinator in that office for reconsideration of the penalty.
If you need to cancel an experiment, please make sure to login to the experiment system and un-register for that experiment at least 6 hours before the scheduled experiment.
You may either earn an extra hour's worth of experiment credit to make up for each penalty deduction you earn, or you may choose the non-experiment option and write the 5-page research paper.
The most common reason for this situation is that you did not read the eligibility requirements closely enough and signed up for a study for which you did not qualify. Although researchers are asked to notify you via email when they unregister you from their session, they are not obligated to do so, as they have already made their criteria clear.
If you would like to write a paper to fulfill the research requirement during the semester of your enrollment, it is due the last day of the semester (typically a Friday), uploaded into SafeAssign on Blackboard. The "assignment" will be posted after the mid-point in the the semester. You may submit your paper prior to the due date if you wish.
The references criteria include scholarly articles, ones from peer-reviewed professional journals. If you have questions regarding the quality of your resources, please ask your TA; he or she is a great resource.
View the "Research Paper" web page.
You will get an X (Incomplete) on your semester grade report for PSY 301 if you passed the course: if you earned an F in the class that grade will be posted even if you did not complete the experiment requirement.
You will have until the end of the next long semester (Fall or Spring) to finish the research requirement before the incomplete permanently converts to an "F". Please also note that if you earn a failing grade in PSY 301, an "F" will be released whether you complete the research requirement or not. Once you do finish the research requirement, your grade will be released.
The Incomplete (X) automatically and permanently converts to an F! Don't let this happen to you.
You will have some extra time but must finish the experiment requirement before the end of the next long semester. You can still use the paper option (see the requirements) or continue to complete the required number of experimental hours when OPERA opens again in the next semester - just contact the Research Coordinator to have your user account re-activated if you would like to continue participating in experiments. After the first day of class in the next semester, you can log in to OPERA and continue signing up for experiments until the requirement is met. Be sure to finish before the last day for OPERA (usually one week before the end of classes).
No, absolutely not! This includes the prescreening survey. If you do, you will not get credit for any duplicated hours.
No, you will be able to continue participating with the hours that you earned during the semester you took the class. You will not automatically have access to the OPERA system to find new experiments; please contact the Research Coordinator to regain your access.
You MUST email the Research Coordinator at email@example.com to notify her that you have completed your requirement. She will then give you further instructions about how to get your grade changed from an X to the grade you earned in PSY 301. Be sure to do this well before the last week of classes to be sure the grade change can be processed before last class day.
No, but you will need to notify the Research Coordinator so that you do not receive an Incomplete at the end of the semester for not participating in any research hours.
If the University is still operating, normal rules for canceling sessions still apply. The status of the University can be verified on the following Emergency Preparedness website: http://www.utexas.edu/emergency/ or you can call the university’s general information number, 512-232-9999.
- Experiment Registration
- Important Dates to Remember
- Psy 301 Research Paper
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Experiment Requirement Information
(Registration must be completed on OPERA, the online Psychology Experiment and Research Application. You must have a UT EID and password to access the site.)