Hey [Participant First Name],

Thanks for your willingness to participate in our research study. Please read this email carefully as it contains important information you need to know for this project.

Complete by: [Time] on [Date]

Compensation: [Details of Compensation]

We’re going to be chatting with you using the Participate App - it will let me see your screen, record your front-facing camera, and voice.

Before our session:

When you're ready to begin:

  1. A SelfTest is unmoderated, you will be completing the test in your own time, by yourself, without a moderator. Important! In an unmoderated session it's particularly important to hear and understand your thoughts during the session, as we won't be able to ask questions. To achieve that, please think (speak) aloud throughout the study so we can gather your thoughts and perspectives.

  2. Close any apps and websites with sensitive info like passwords etc.

  3. Open up this link: [SelfTest Link] on your Android device

  4. Read the welcome message from us (If applicable), then tap 'Install Participate' and install the App from the App store.

  5. Return to the welcome message, tap 'I already have Participate'.

  6. Tap 'Get Started'.

  7. Connect your headset if you haven’t already, and tap 'Next'

  8. Enter your name and email address and tap "Next". If there's a need for the participants to be anonymous, the can enter their name as P1, P2 etc... and a fake e-mail, eg. email@email.com.

  9. When asked to "Allow Notifications" switch the toggle button to green and tap 'Allow' and then "Next"

  10. When asked to “Turn on your camera”, tap "Ok" and then "Next"

  11. Flick toggle button to 'Allow' screen recording.

  12. Tap 'Start Now' and then "Next".

  13. Tap 'Open settings' and flick toggle button to grant permission to display small 'Hand icon' on your screen.

  14. Slide and tap the 'Hand icon' to start your test.

  15. It's important that we can hear and understand you during your session, as we won't be able to ask questions. Remember to think out loud throughout the session, saying what you’re trying to do, what you expect to see, and if things aren’t working as expected

  16. Whenever you need to access the Instructions, tap the yellow hand

  17. If you’d like to pause the recording at any point, access the Instructions screen and tap 'Pause'. Tap 'Resume' to continue.

  18. When you’re ready to end your session, tap on the Participate 'hand icon’ on your screen and tap 'Pause Session' and 'End Session'.

  19. Tap 'End session' again, to reconfirm.

  20. Wait until you see stars on your screen. Tap 'Done' to close the test session.

Please let me know if you have any questions 

[Researcher’s First Name]

For the researcher

We encourage you to modify the email template above to fit your needs. A few things you may want to include in your email:

  • Instructions regarding what the participant should do (tasks to complete, questions to answer, etc.)

  • If the participant is testing a website or URL-based prototype, include instructions to tap 'Landing Page' (only if applicable)

  • If the participant is testing an App or a Prototype viewed in an App, include instructions on how to navigate away from the Participate App to your App (only if applicable)

  • Info about what a participant should do if they need to cancel or reschedule

  • Reminder for Participant to call from a place with strong wifi (we recommend at least 5Mbps for upload and download speeds) and no background noise

  • Contract / Consent Form for participant to sign — if applicable

  • Links to an external survey etc. — if applicable

Other Participant Email Templates

LiveShare - Remote Moderated usability studies

Tasks - Unmoderated step-by-step studies
Interview - Moderated, conversations

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