Module 7: understanding, applying academic ethics [week 12]
Competency VII: To demonstrate an understanding of the principles of conducting ethical research that is in conformance with IRB requirements.
WEEK 12 (11/16/2015 - 11/22/2015)
Essential question(s): What are some of the ethical considerations when conducting research? What is the IRB? Why does it exist and what role does it play in the ethics of research? What are its guidelines for conducting research?
What is the IRB? From Wikipedia:
"An institutional review board (IRB), also known as an independent ethics committee (IEC), ethical review board (ERB), or research ethics board (REB), is a committee that has been formally designated to approve, monitor, and review biomedical research involving humans. They often conduct some form of risk-benefit analysis in an attempt to determine whether or not research should be done." (Institutional review board, n.d.)
Every research university maintains or has access to an IRB. During your dissertation process you will need to "file with the IRB" at Fielding which means that you fill out a form that provides details about your research project so that Fielding's IRB can determine whether any ethical issues need to be addressed.
Watch Karen Dill-Shackleford's webcast about filling out the IRB form. Remember this link for future reference. It will be helpful to you when you actually have to fill it out prior to starting your research.
Also, if you have time, watch Mike Meraz's webinar about the IRB process at Fielding. Mike is our official IRB representative.
This week you will actually take a short course about the IRB. It will walk you through the history of the IRB, as well as how to make sure your research project qualifies for IRB approval. It is free to students. To complete the course, visit the CITI website and sign in where I have indicated with the red circle in the screen shot. You will use your Fielding email ID and password. Follow the instructions for creating a new account.
If you want more information about IRB, then visit the CITI training FAQ page which can be found here. Complete the IRB training by mid-week. It produces a certificate that you can forward to me.
Engage in Moodle conversation in our typical fashion: reference the materials, provide at least 1 major posting, 5 responses. Stay engaged throughout the week. The week ends Sunday.
Where to post: In our Moodle Conference, Week 12.
What to post: No formal essay this week. All Moodle discussion.
Provide a minimum one paragraph self-assessment/reflection. This should focus on what you learned and what you think your strengths and challenges are in terms of the content of this module. Please send this directly to me.