Students have the opportunity to earn up to 20 points of extra credit through participation in research studies conducted at The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication. Students will receive 5 points for every half-hour of participation, up to the maximum of two hours (20 points).
There are a limited number of studies available and they do fill up, especially toward the end of the semester. So, don’t wait until the last minute to participate!
You can view a list of available studies and sign up to participate at The Student Participation Website.
Extra Credit FAQs
Are credits and points the same? No. Credits in Sonasystem correspond to different classes differently. As such, there is no flat rate of exchange for all classes in the system. For COM210, each 0.5 credit is worth 5 points in the class, with a maximum of 20 points possible.
How much time will this take? If you are completing online surveys only, getting the full 20 points will take about 2 hours. In-person experiments earn points faster, with 1 hour of time earning the full 20 points.
Will this actually make a difference to my grade? Yes, it can. Many students are on the cusp between two grade categories. This 20 points often makes the difference.
Are any studies required for the class? Will some studies earn me more? No, your participation is entirely voluntary. No study is considered more important for our course. The amount each will earn you is based on the length and whether it is online or in-person.
When will my points be added to my grade on Blackboard? You won’t see your credit in Blackboard until Finals Week. However, you are always able to see your credit amounts in the Sonasystems web application.
Are there any other extra credit opportunities? Additionally, students who aren’t comfortable participating in voluntary research may complete a 4-page research paper on the use of multimedia content in communication research. The paper must be single-spaced and include at least 5 sources to be considered for full credit (20 points), and must be completed by the end of Week 14. Students must request the full requirements from their TA or course instructor by Week 13.