In addition to onsite training for UBC researchers, the Office of Research Ethics also offers access to several free, external online training resources that provide valuable information about best practices for research involving human subjects.
1. CORE: Tri-Council Policy Statement (TCPS2 2014) Online Tutorial
The TCPS2 2014 tutorial 'CORE' (Course in Research Ethics) is offered free of charge. The tutorial - and the Policy - are available at these links:
All study team members - including faculty, students, residents and research staff - need to complete the TCPS2 online tutorial “Course on Research Ethics” (CORE). This policy applies to all studies where the initial application was submitted after September 1, 2016. Question 1.6 of the ethics application form has been amended to request confirmation that all study team members have completed the course. Submission of the CORE Certificate will not be required with ethics applications; however, you may wish to update your RISe profile to include the date you completed the tutorial.
The interactive online tutorial takes a minimum of three hours to complete (longer if you look at all the optional material). You can enter and exit the tutorial as you have time to work on it.
You may also complete the CITI Tutorial on either clinical or behavioural ethics to meet the requirement. See instructions below under Section 2. Network of Networks if this is your first time enrolling in the CITI program.
2. Network of Networks (N2): Research Related Training
The University of British Columbia (UBC), through the sponsorship of the Office of Research Ethics, Faculty of Graduate Studies, and Faculty of Medicine, is a member of the Networks of Networks (N2). N2 is a national initiative that brings together multiple existing disease networks, institutions, hospitals, and universities to enhance Canada's research capability and capacity. Through this membership, UBC is able to provide free access for faculty, staff, and students to the following comprehensive research related courses: Good Clinical Practice (GCP) | Human Subjects Research (HSR) - Biomedical focus | Human Subjects Research (HSR) - Social and Behavioural focus | Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) | Transportation of Dangerous Goods/International Air Transport Association (TDG/IATA).
First time enrolment instructions for CITI courses
3. Social Sciences Ethics Training
This free online module was created by a team of anthropologists at Macquarie University in Australia to provide ethics training specifically for social scientists. It deals with the distinctive ethical issues that social scientists face in conducting research with human participants. It also has an extensive section on research in Indigenous communities which, although tailored to an Australian context, has insights relevant to Canada.
4. The Lab: Avoiding Research Misconduct
This free program was created by the Office of Research Integrity in the US Department of Health & Human Services. In this training program, you become the lead characters in an interactive movie and make decisions about integrity in research that can have long-term consequences. The simulation addresses Responsible Conduct of Research topics such as avoiding research misconduct, mentorship responsibilities, handling of data, responsible authorship, and questionable research practices.