We welcome and encourage your participation in this survey on the use of concept mapping methods and tools. Before taking part in this study, please read the consent form below and click on the "I Agree. Take me to the Survey" button at the bottom of the page if you understand the statements and freely consent to participate in the study. Before taking part in this study, please read the consent form below and click on the survey link at the bottom of the page if you understand the statements and freely consent to participate in the study.

Consent Form

This study involves a web-based survey. The study is being conducted by Brian Moon (Chief Technology Officer at Perigean Technologies and an adjunct faculty member at Kent State University) and Dr. Denise Bedford (Goodyear Professor of Knowledge Management at Kent State University). It has been approved by the Kent State University Institutional Review Board. The survey is entirely voluntary and you may terminate your participation in the survey at any time. No deception is involved, and the study involves no more than minimal risk to participants (i.e., the level of risk encountered in daily life).


Participation in the study typically takes 15 minutes and is strictly anonymous. Participation is limited to responding to the survey. The survey may be completed entirely online. All responses are treated as confidential, and in no case will responses from individual participants be identified. Rather, all data will be pooled and published in aggregate form only. Participants should be aware, however, that the experiment is not being run from a "secure" https server of the kind typically used to handle credit card transactions, so there is a small possibility that responses could be viewed by unauthorized third parties (e.g., computer hackers). Many individuals find participation in this study enjoyable, and no adverse reactions have been reported thus far.


If participants have further questions about this study or their rights, or if they wish to lodge a complaint or concern, they may contact the principal investigator, Professor Denise Bedford at (301) 787-5257 ; or the Kent State University Institutional Review Board, at (330) 672-2704.

If you are 18 years of age or older, understand the statements above, and freely consent to participate in the study, click yes below to begin the experiment.

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