Ethics training

Tutorial for the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS2)

The TCPS2 is the standard by which the Human Participant Research Committee (HPRC) determines that research protocols involving human participants are ethically acceptable. This free interactive online tutorial is recommended for researchers, students, HPRC members, research participants, and members of the general public. Faculty members are invited to consider using this tool as a teaching resource for their research methods courses. The tutorial requires a minimum of 3 hours to complete (with log-in and log-out capabilities, it does not need to be completed in one sitting) and provides a printable Certificate of Completion.


Supplementary Webinars to the TCPS2

Sponsored by the federal Panel on Research Ethics, several free webinars are available that complement the online tutorial by exploring important TCPS2 topics as identified by the research community. Topics for future webinars may be suggested by emailing the Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research.


TCPS2 Interpretations

The Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics provides an interpretation service to support the needs of participants, researchers and Research Ethics Boards (REBs) in the effective use and understanding of the TCPS2. Responses to written requests for interpretation are grouped into various categories in a publicly accessible bank of interpretations.


Social Sciences Ethics Training (Macquarie University)

Macquarie University in Australia offers a free online ethics training module designed to provide ethics training specifically for researchers in the social sciences and humanities. The module examines distinctive ethical issues associated with qualitative research practices and methodological requirements. A printable certificate of completion is available upon successful completion of the module.


National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Extramural Research Protecting Human Research Participants (PHRP) Tutorial

All investigators and key research personnel submitting grant/award applications to NIH are required to complete education in the protection of human research participants. The free online tutorial presents basic concepts, principles, and issues related to human participant protection, and prepares investigators to understand their obligations to protect the rights and welfare of their research participants.


Online Research Ethics Course (University of Montana)

Developed through the Practical Ethics Center at the University of Montana with support from the Office of Research Integrity, this free online course provides case studies that cover the major topics in research ethics. The course includes quizzes to test understanding of the covered material. The time estimate for completion of all six sections is a minimum of 3 hours.


The Office of Research Integrity Interactive Training Videos

Presented by the Office of Research Integrity and the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), “The Research Clinic” interactive training video educates clinical and social researchers on the importance of appropriately protecting research participants and avoiding research misconduct. The viewer assumes the role of one of four characters and determines the outcome of the storyline by selecting decision-making choices for each “playable” character.

In “The Lab: Avoiding Research Misconduct”, the viewer becomes the lead characters in an interactive movie and makes 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.