How do you protect my safety online?
- Although Dust asks for certain contact information when players join, this information will not be shared with anyone beyond the immediate Dust research team. Dust will not ask for your personal information in chat or in any forum where other players can access it. Players are not allowed to solicit any personal information on the site or in affiliation with the game. Players found to be asking for personal information from other players will be removed from the site and disqualified from gameplay. Players who participate in any form of inappropriate conduct will be removed from the site and disqualified from gameplay. For example players who choose usernames or post content with suggestive or derogatory words will not be permitted to play. We reserve the right as creators of the game to judge what is, and is not appropriate conduct.
- Content will not be pre-approved before posting. However game monitors will actively review all new users, and content, removing inappropriate content as soon as possible. Additionally players can report inappropriate content by using the “report post” option.
Do teens have to be 13 to play?
What data will you collect?
- Requested private information to play DUST will not be viewed by anyone outside of the Dust research team without your express permission. Dust collects each player’s email address and date of birth to verify age, and may also collect age and gender information if you log in through social media. Players may also initially be asked to fill out demographic information, although providing this information will be entirely optional. Dust will periodically include surveys asking questions solely pertaining to your participation in the game and your opinions on science, science in media, and science in education. Sample questions might include, “Did the game change your attitude towards any science subjects or topics?”. We will also be collecting information from your gameplay experience, including posts, achievements, and other communications. Dust may also track and observe posts on other social media sites tagged with game-related hashtags. This information will be viewed by the Dust research team and will be used only for research purposes.
What will you do with this data?
- We will not share your data with anyone outside of the Dust research team without your express permission.
- Our research team will keep your email address so that we can send you messages required for gameplay. At a later date, we may send an email asking to interview you about your experience with the game. This interview is completely optional and will not affect gameplay in any way.
- Data gathered from the game will be used primarily in an aggregate form to assess the success or failure of the game. Researchers will endeavor to keep all data or posts completely anonymous.
- Researchers at Brigham Young University and at University of Maryland, College Park will endeavor to use the data collected to determine if the educational goals of the game are being met. This will help us to establish if and how games like this should be constructed in the future.
- It is also possible that we may want to use your posts or discussions as examples for research discussions.
- None of the information collected will be shared outside of the Dust research team without your express permission.
How can I learn more? How can I contact you?
If you have any questions, please contact:
Derek Hansen, Associate Professor
Brigham Young University
Kari Kraus, Associate Professor
University of Maryland, College Park