Ethical Considerations

Before administering this survey, individuals will need to comply with the requirements of their local Institutional Review Board (IRB) or other entity responsible for reviewing the ethical compliance of research studies. For example, Australian researchers may wish to refer to the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research or the Australian Association for Research in Education’s Code of Ethics. You may also consider reviewing the NIH’s International Compilation of Human Research Standards, which contains information about more than 1,000 “laws, regulations, and guidelines on human subjects protections in 130 countries.”

For information about the ethical conduct of research in the United States, users may refer to the following training programs:

An example Informed Consent statement is included with this survey instrument. However, users are encouraged to consult their local institution- or government-approved Informed Consent guidelines for additional requirements before attempting to run the survey.


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Identifying OER Needs by Discipline by Abbey K. Elder is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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