Senior Research Ethics Analyst, University of Calgary
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All Sessions by Lauren McDougall
Wednesday April 1st
Resources D: Charting a Course for Course-Based Ethics Review <span style="color:#0020C2">...more</span>
14:15 - 15:00
The scope of the Tri-Council Policy Statement (TCPS2) includes course-based research activities where the primary purpose is pedagogical, as the “possible risks to those recruited to participate in such activities” and the activities themselves are not clearly distinct from those that the Policy defines as research (Application of Article 6.12). At the University of Calgary, there was considerable confusion across different Faculties over what constituted course-based research, whether ethical review was necessary, and how ethical oversight should proceed. Some of the questions posed by faculty members and administrators included: What if the activities are not considered “a disciplined inquiry or systematic investigation?” When does a course-based activity constitute regular REB review vs course-based delegated review, and what is the difference? What if the results are not disseminated outside of the classroom? What if the results are shared in a non-academic format? What happens to course-based data after the course is over? Does the format and type of knowledge dissemination matter in terms of review?
In 2018, the University of Calgary’s Conjoint Faculties Research Ethics Board (CFREB) embarked on a yearlong journey to obtain clarity and compliance with TCPS2 regulations concerning course-based delegated review.
In our proposed presentation, we review this journey, starting with the results of a campus-wide investigation of existing delegated sub-committees on campus. Next, we examine the guidance documents created for instructors, course-based delegated reviewers, and researchers. We then report on the insight gained after sharing and presenting these guidelines to a subset of instructors and delegated sub-committee members. Last, we share case-study examples and allow conference participants to think through these guidelines in a practical, interactive way.