Synchronous training sessions

These optional training sessions provide a broad overview of the UWM IRB in general or an in-depth exploration of a specific topic. Attending an in-person or synchronous session does NOT fulfill the CITI IRB human subjects research training requirement for PIs and Student PIs.

Fall 2023 In-person / Online Synchronous Training

Due to current staffing, there will be NO in-person/synchronous training offered Fall 2023.

We will not be able to accommodate any in-class presentation requests beyond those that have already been arranged. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

In-Class Presentations
We will give presentations to individual classes. To request an in-class training session, send an email to Include the course title, some date/time options that work for you, and what topic(s) you would like us to cover.

If you would like to request an in-class presentation for a class that meets after 4 pm, please let us know as early in the semester as possible. We may not be able to accommodate all evening class requests.

The following courses are not being offered this semester, but may be offered again in the future.

IRB Basics
This training session covers a general overview of the IRB, how to prepare a new study application, helpful hints, and a demonstration of I-Manager.

Can’t make it? The majority of this training content is now available in our online, self-paced Canvas courses IRB: Ethics & Foundations and IRB Submission Process. Click here for more information and to enroll.

Recruitment, Compensation, and Online Studies
In this session, you’ll learn tips for creating recruitment materials and overcoming common challenges with recruitment. The session will also discuss frequently asked questions about compensation / incentives. Particular attention will be paid to online studies and online recruitment methods, including recommendations for preventing bots and fraudulent responses.

Post-Approval Review.
Every semester, we select certain expedited and more than minimal risk studies for a post-approval review. What can you expect if your study is selected? We’ll go through the process step by step.

Informed Consent: Form, Process, and Waivers & Alterations

This session provides an overview of informed consent, including how to write a high-quality consent document, the process of obtaining consent ethically, and the practicalities of using virtual procedures. Learn how to obtain consent and what kinds of waivers you might need.

Informed Consent Workshops

Informed consent is a crucial part of human subjects research. It is your responsibility as a researcher to ensure that all your study participants understand what they are agreeing to. These in-depth workshops will teach you how to obtain truly informed consent. You can sign up for one, two, or all three.

  • Part 1:The consent form
    This session provides an overview of informed consent with a focus on how to write a high-quality consent document. You’ll learn the art of writing a consent document that your participants can understand.
  • Part 2: The consent process.  
    The consent process is not a one-time event that begins with a form and ends with a signature. From recruitment through the end of the study, you’ll learn how to obtain consent ethically and respectfully, and ensure that your subjects are willing, understanding participants. You’ll also have a chance to role-play an informed consent discussion.
  • Part 3: Waivers and alterations.
    In some circumstances, alterations or waivers of consent can be appropriate and necessary to conduct research. Learn when and how to request waivers of consent.

International Research
Doing research abroad can be a daunting task, and there are many special ethical and practical considerations. Come find out what you need to know – BEFORE you go!

Ask Us Anything
Join the IRB office staff for an informal session where you have the opportunity ask us anything!