Proposal Title

Ethics in SOTL: The IRB and Beyond

Track

Non-Research Proposal / About SoTL

Proposal Abstract

As SoTL scholars, we value SoTL investigations and they guide us to become scholarly teachers. There doesn’t seem to be a “down side” of SoTL projects. But is that always the case? Are there, perhaps, times when our pursuit of SoTL knowledge interferes with our teaching? Let's talk about working with the IRB for our SOTL work. Let’s also talk about those ethics that may go beyond the IRB and explore situations in which we might have to make some hard decisions about our projects.

Proposal Description

I designed a large SOTL project to investigate whether there were differences in learning outcomes for students between chronologically ordered and topically ordered developmentally psychology courses. I arranged to teach 4 sections of developmental psychology and attempted to deliver the same information and use the same assessments in different delivery formats to answer this question. It was a massive undertaking. Half way through the semester I suddenly realized my efforts to complete this project were actually interfering with the effectiveness of my teaching. It wasn’t fair to the students and I ended the study to concentrate on teaching.

Since then, I’ve been contemplating the ethics of SOTL research. There are the basic ethical tenets of human subject research that are protected by IRBs. But there are more than that. We have to consider whether the SOTL work is changing the class in some way that is not fair to the students. We have to consider the issues involved in informed consent when we have authority over our participants because we are their teachers. We have to consider how to engage in experimental work which requires a control group – if our experiment presents a better learning experience for the experimental group that is withheld from the control group, is that fair? How can we address this?

In this session I plan to tell my story and how that led me to dig more deeply into the ethics of SOTL. I will review what the literature has to say about ethics in SOTL. The session will be interactive. I will encourage the audience to share their stories about ethical conundrums they have faced and how they’ve overcome them. We will also break into small groups to discuss case studies of ethical violations or issues and then discuss them in the large group.

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Location

Room 3

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Mar 29th, 2:00 PM Mar 29th, 2:45 PM

Ethics in SOTL: The IRB and Beyond

Room 3

As SoTL scholars, we value SoTL investigations and they guide us to become scholarly teachers. There doesn’t seem to be a “down side” of SoTL projects. But is that always the case? Are there, perhaps, times when our pursuit of SoTL knowledge interferes with our teaching? Let's talk about working with the IRB for our SOTL work. Let’s also talk about those ethics that may go beyond the IRB and explore situations in which we might have to make some hard decisions about our projects.