Sona - Research Participation
Spring 2013 Participation Deadline – Friday, December 13 at 5pm
*This is the last day for participation in research studies for extra credit. Also, if you wish to reassign your credit from one course to another that must be completed by this time as well.
Sona Tutorial Screencast (5 minutes)
Frequently Asked Questions About Sona(pdf 674kb)
The Psychology Department uses Sona Experiment Management System for online research study participation. This system is available to UWM students to use for acquiring extra credit for participating psychology courses. A listing of courses offering extra credit for research participation through the Sona system is available on the experiment management system, but it is best to double-check with course instructors to confirm that their courses are accepting extra credit for participation. Instructors make the final decision to accept or decline all credits assigned to their course(s).
If you are enrolled in a class that is accepting extra credit, click on the New User link on the experiment management system home page. Complete the account request form, making sure to select all courses you are enrolled in that are accepting extra credit. If you do not see your courses listed, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org before creating your account. Once submitted, your account will automatically be activated. The first time you log on to the system you will be asked to complete a very brief questionnaire asking basic information such as age, gender, ethnicity, and handedness.
It is very important to remember that when you sign up for a session you are making a commitment to show up for that appointment. If you need to cancel you may do so via the SONA website prior to the session. Studies vary in how much advance notice they need of cancellation (most are 24 hours) – please take not of this when you sign up. If you do not show up for a session you will lose the opportunity to earn one percent of extra credit. If you fail to show for a second session you will again lose the opportunity to earn a second percentage of extra credit and you will no longer have the opportunity to sign up for research studies to earn extra credit for your course(s). You can make up the extra credit points you lost by completing an alternative extra credit option. If you prefer not to participate in research you may also choose one of these alternative extra credit options.
For more extensive instructions, please review the Sona Student Manual (pdf 674kb).
Instructors do not need an account unless they wish to check on extra credit status before the end of the semester. At the end of the semester the Sona administrator will create one spreadsheet per course containing all of the extra credit awarded to students in that course. If you would like an instructor account, please email email@example.com.
If you do have an account please review the Sona Instructor Manual (pdf 209kb) prior to using the system.
Each lab will have one account. To obtain an account email firstname.lastname@example.org Choose a password that is safe to share among multiple lab members. Please review the instructions (see below) prior to creating your first experiment. Doing so will help clarify some of the system features and save you a lot of time.
The Brief Instructions for Researchers (pdf 107kb) will get you started. More detailed information can be found in the Sona Master Documentation (pdf 2.53MB).If you would like to use the Qualtrics Survey Tool to create a brief pre-screen that will automatically determine and inform participants of their study eligibility please read this Qualtrics Automatic Scoring and Emailing (pdf 557kb) tutorial.
If you are conducting an online survey using Qualtrics it is highly recommended that you follow these procedures (pdf 491.5kb) to automatically award Sona extra credit when participants complete the study.