Proposal Title

Obtaining Approval for and Promoting the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Via the Institutional Review Board

Proposal Abstract

SoTL projects can raise issues of confidentiality, the quality or content of student work, liability, withholding learning opportunities, grade assignment, informed consent, and other psychological, legal, or social concerns. Since the IRB is not an aspect of the research process in many disciplines, some view the IRB as an impediment to engagement in SoTL. One objective of this interactive presentation is to address the concerns of those who lack experience with the IRB process by providing brief descriptions of the IRB process and of ethical issues that can arise in SoTL projects. Another objective is to argue that IRB approval can: promote SoTL as a legitimate form of scholarship, rebutt the position of those who believe SoTL to be inferior to traditional, discipline-based research, and demonstrate both the ethical integrity and the methodological rigor of a SoTL project.

Full Proposal

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) exists for the protection of human and animal subjects in research. While it is extremely unlikely that members of the faculty and staff would subject students to any risk of physical or emotional harm in their work in the scholarship of teaching and learning and (SoTL), their projects could raise issues of confidentiality of the quality or content of student work, liability, withholding learning opportunities, grade assignment, informed consent, and other psychological, legal, or social concerns. Since IRBs are not a regular aspect of the research process in many disciplines in the humanities, arts and natural sciences, some potential SoTL practitioners in these disciplines might view required IRB procedures as impediments to engagement in SoTL.

An objective of this presentation is to address the concerns of those who lack experience with the IRB process by providing:

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a brief description of the IRB review process, and

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an overview of potential ethical issues that can arise in SoTL projects.

An additional objective of this presentation is to make the case that IRB approval can be a powerful means of:

promoting SoTL as a legitimate form of scholarship,

rebutting the position of those who believe SoTL to be inferior to traditional, discipline-based research, and

demonstrating both the ethical integrity and the methodological rigor of a SoTL project.

This presentation is interactive and engages participants in discussion about recommended procedures for obtaining informed consent. Discussion also addresses ethical issues in applied research about how and/or what our students learn in our courses. In addition, the presenter provides models of informed consent statements that could be adapted to SoTL projects in a variety of disciplines.

Location

Room 2903

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

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Nov 2nd, 11:00 AM Nov 2nd, 11:45 AM

Obtaining Approval for and Promoting the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Via the Institutional Review Board

Room 2903

SoTL projects can raise issues of confidentiality, the quality or content of student work, liability, withholding learning opportunities, grade assignment, informed consent, and other psychological, legal, or social concerns. Since the IRB is not an aspect of the research process in many disciplines, some view the IRB as an impediment to engagement in SoTL. One objective of this interactive presentation is to address the concerns of those who lack experience with the IRB process by providing brief descriptions of the IRB process and of ethical issues that can arise in SoTL projects. Another objective is to argue that IRB approval can: promote SoTL as a legitimate form of scholarship, rebutt the position of those who believe SoTL to be inferior to traditional, discipline-based research, and demonstrate both the ethical integrity and the methodological rigor of a SoTL project.