Our perspective on RCR education encompasses roles and responsibilities (who does what); best practice (essential elements of and common challenges to effective RCR training); resources to support faculty in delivering high-quality RCR education; and recommended formats and frequency.
The collection of role-play scenarios for the teaching of central topics in the responsible conduct of research to graduate students and Two-Minute Challenge (2MC) Exercises developed by NCPRE.
Resources for academic instruction and professional training through fictional case studies and commentaries, role plays, and tools for formative assessment
- Resources for Research Ethics Education. Developed by the Research Ethics Program, UC San Diego, this collection provides several resources meant to promote best practices and evidence-based education in research ethics.
- Ethics in Computing
- Office of Research Integrity’s (ORI’s) research ethics resources
- On Being a Scientist: A Guide to Responsible Conduct in Research (third edition, 2009). Written for beginning researchers, this guide sought to describe the ethical foundations of scientific practices and some of the personal and professional issues that researchers encounter in their work. It was meant to apply to all forms of research-whether in academic, industrial, or governmental settings-and to all scientific disciplines (Free PDF available).
- H. Dankowicz, C. Day, M.W. Keefer, D. Kijowski, M.C. Loui, S.E. Wilson. (2013). Responsible Conduct in Computational Modeling and Research.
Tools for developing programs on responsible conduct of research for postdocs
- K. Flin. (2010). RCR for Postdocs: Promoting Ethical Professional Development.
- K. Flin. (2010). Responsible Conduct of Research Toolkit.
The list of some case studies for use in teaching ethics across many professions and disciplines.
- International Business Ethics Case Studies: A Student-Faculty Collaboration
- K. Muskavitch. (2005). Some Resources for Case Studies in Research Ethics. (checked and updated in 2012 by Julie Hollowell)
- J.C. Relihan. An RCR case study exercise for two players (or two teams).
- R. B. Sidje. Dilemma in Online Testing. A Case in Teaching Ethics
- G. Bullock. (2013). The Julie Watson Case: To Sign or To Speak. This is a case study about whether to seek oral or written consent from participants in a research project.
- M. George. The Lillian Jones Case – A Case Study in Research Ethics. This is a case study about confidentiality issues in research.
- R. Bulger. (2009). Social Responsibility. Discussions and case studies on the social responsibilities of Science and Scientists from the Resources for Research Ethics Education, UC San Diego.
- M. Kalichman. (2001). Whistleblowing. Discussions and case studies on the necessity and consequences of whistleblowing from the UCSD Resources for Research Ethics Education, UC San Diego.
The writing and discussion prompts meant to encourage open-ended, thoughtful, and reflective dialogue about RCR on Authorship.
- T. Otter. (2013). Interactive Activity on Authorship.
- G. Bullock. (2013). Conversation Challenge: Discussing Authorship. This is an interactive role-playing exercise about research ethics and authorship. Students play the role of either a professor or undergraduate student in a discussion about the authorship of articles coming out of a new research project.
- R. B. Sidje. Gone co-Author. A Case Study in Research Ethics.
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