High responsibility: the ethics of researching a MOOC about research ethics
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15 May 2017
Alison Fox, Jim Askham and Rachel Tunstall
The FutureLearn MOOC People Studying People: Research Ethics in Society was designed to ‘explore the value of ethical thinking for research, using an ethical appraisal framework’. This exploration extended beyond course participation to course team learning and included plans to collect data from the MOOC, with prior ethical approval from FutureLearn and the University of Leicester. We report course participant reactions after run one (February to April 2017). Although we tested awareness of FutureLearn terms and conditions, were participants aware of consent given? How did they feel about turning from course to research participants and our approach to consent?