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Ethical Research in Informal Learning Environments
VSA believes that visitor research and evaluation should be conducted in an ethical manner. A VSA task force explored regulations and guidelines surrounding the ethical conduct of research in informal learning environments. This task force was especially interested in understanding the role of Institutional Review Boards in the conduct of research studies, and in helping VSA members navigate the IRB certification process.
Standards for the conduct of ethical research are available at the American Educational Research Association
An Institutional Review Board is a panel that is set up to ensure that studies proposed are ethical in design, and that follow federal assurances of quality and privacy. Many funding agencies now require that studies be IRB approved.
Web-based human subjects research training modules can be found on several sites
Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) developed a widely used web based training program in human research subjects protections, provided for university and healthcare institutions.
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April Award and Student Scholars Announced
Congrats to Staci Bennett, Visitor Services Supervisor at Des Moines Art Center, for receiving this year's April Award. Our Student Scholars are Pippa Gardner (University of Sheffield), Kristen Denton (California State University, Long Beach) and Margaret Schriber (Seton Hall University). Come meet and celebrate them on Wednesday, July 20 at the conference!
Call for Dining Discussions
Consider pulling a group together to discuss a topic of your choosing at the conference this year!
Buried Treasure: Website and Social Media Analytics
Wednesday, May 18
2-3:30 Eastern/11AM-12:30PM Pacific
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2016 VSA Conference