Online self-paced training

NOTE: These optional courses do not fulfill the requirements for PIs and Student PIs to complete human subjects protection training. See the CITI training page for details of the required course.

IRB: Ethics & Foundations

This Canvas course covers the basic regulations and underlying ethical principles of human subjects research, as well as an introduction to the IRB at UWM. At the end of this course, you’ll be able to identify:

  • What the IRB is and why it exists
  • Who makes up the IRB at UWM
  • The importance of informed consent
  • What criteria the IRB uses to review and approve research
  • When IRB review is required

This course is enabled to accept open enrollment. You can self-enroll in the course by selecting this URL: Upon completion you will receive an IRB: Ethics and Foundations badge.

IRB Submission Process

This Canvas course walks you through how to complete an IRB submission using the new Application Form, released in August 2021. Also included:

  • Determining whether you need IRB review
  • Training requirements
  • Submitting amendments (including using the new amendment process)
  • When and how to submit Continuing Reviews and Reportable Events
  • Tips for informed consent, recruitment, and data collection.

This course is designed to be a handy resource, so you can complete all modules or choose only the sections that are relevant to you. You can also go back as often as you like to review the information. You can self-enroll in the course by selecting this URL:

Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) free online webinars

OHRP is the federal agency overseeing human research subjects protection in the US. They have a number of free webinars on various topics, with new additions several times a year. (external link)

Addressing Conceptual Gaps in Big Data Research Ethics

Click here to access the recording of Dr. Michael Zimmer’s presentation on Oct 27, 2017. Dr. Zimmer is an expert in privacy and internet research ethics. In this talk, he discusses new gaps that have emerged in internet and big data research, and how the traditional definitions and ethical approaches don’t always apply.

When Research Goes Wrong

Click here to access the self-paced PowerPoint. After you open the file, click the button to start the slide show. This self-paced module contains an overview of a number of ethical violations that have occurred in the past hundred years. It also gives the background and basic principles of the Nuremburg Code, the Belmont Report, and the regulations governing human subjects research (45 CFR 46).

Targeted discussion questions at the end of the module are included for instructors who wish to assign this material for their courses.