Virtual Faculty Development Resources

Demystifying the IRB

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Part 1:  What is the IRB and Why Should I Care?

In part one of this three-part series, Dr. Amy Nichols-Belo from Mercer University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences provides an overview of the Institutional Review Board (IRB). She defines human subjects research and outlines the types of projects that should be submitted to an IRB for approval, explains the three different types of review under IRB, and addresses the misconception that “doing” the IRB is discipline-related rather than project-specific.

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Part 2:  IRB for the Teacher-Scholar

In part two of this three-part series, Dr. Amy Nichols-Belo from Mercer University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences explains how faculty can teach their students about research ethics and introduce them to the IRB process. She addresses confusion about what types of student class projects may need IRB approval, explains how faculty engaging in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) should proceed with IRB, and expands the conversation to include considerations for community-based research.

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Part 3:  Navigating the Mercer IRB Process

In part three of this three-part series, Dr. Amy Nichols-Belo from Mercer University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences provides a tutorial on the IRB process at Mercer University. She shows viewers how to navigate the IRB website, identify the appropriate forms, and utilize available templates. She also explains each section of the IRB application and how to fill out the application form.

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Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) Overview for STEM Faculty:
To SOTL or Not to SOTL?

In this 41-minute video, designed for faculty in STEM fields who are interested in learning about Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL), Dr. Joanna Thomas from Mercer University’s School of Engineering shares introductory information about SOTL and its application in STEM classrooms. Dr. Thomas explains the SOTL research process and shares expert advice from leading faculty in the U.S. and Canada.

Click this link to watch the video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/TMs9u2VTzLA