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) Online Tutorial
This interactive online tutorial can be completed in approximately two hours and provides an essential orientation to the Tri Council Policy Statement.
A certificate is available in English or French for printing upon completion. Once available, it is recommended that all individuals involved with research involving human participants complete this tutorial.
Graduate students and medical residents are required to complete this tutorial if their names are to be listed in applications for ethical review submitted to any UBC Research Ethics Boards (REB). The tutorial must be completed by all applicants before the application is submitted to the REB.
If you have completed the original TCPS tutorial or the CHRPP tutorial, you do not need to complete the CORE tutorial, although it is recommended that you familiarize yourself with the new TCPS.
For queries about CORE please contact Dr Kirsten Bell, Research Ethics Analyst, Office of Research Ethics (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
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), and Transportation of Dangerous Goods/International Air Transport Association (TDG/IATA).
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
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.