2007 Teaching and Learning Symposium

2:30-4:30 p.m., April 24, 2007
HUB West Ballroom

Session Description


Semi-Exempt?: Institutional Review Boards, SoTL and the Ethics of Review

Michael Goldberg - Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, UW Bothell


The role of Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) in SoTL projects varies greatly in different higher education institutions across the country. One fairly consistent aspect of this relationship is the level of anxiety it generates in researchers. Although U.S. Government guidelines expressly exempt many types of traditional SOTL data gathering techniques from IRB review, higher educational institutions often ignore the exemption or else require the researcher to receive approval of the exemption. This poster will present the range of approaches to IRB review of SOTL projects, provide a discussion of the federal guidelines, and explore the ethical issues involved in conducting SOTL research as well as IRB review and obstruction of exempt SOTL projects. It will also provide a discussion of UW IRB policies and practices, and will consider current problems noted by UW SoTL researchers and possible solutions.



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