You are not currently logged in. Please create an account or log in to view the full course.

Research Methods – Research Ethics

5. Internet-Based Research

This is the course trailer. Please create an account or log in to view this lecture.

 
  • Description
  • Cite

About this Lecture

Lecture

This fifth and final lecture in this course brings the discussion into the modern world, looking at internet-based research. The primary focus of the first part of this lecture is an exploration of the opportunities facilitated by the accessibility of the internet: research on a large scale, research involving less accessible participants, and research conducted with greater speed and at a lower cost. The remainder of this lecture takes a deep dive into the three types of internet research: participant active, participant passive, and observation. For each, Professor Oates explores what they mean to undertake, forms they can take, and potential ethical issues that come along with them.

Course

In this course, Professor John Oates (The Open University) explores the ever-evolving field of research ethics. He begins by walking through research ethics as a specific practice within more general ethical frameworks, drawing on principles of moral philosophy. This first lecture goes on to establish both the function and origin of research ethics, contextualising its principles within the British Psychological Society’s ethics framework. The second lecture delves into an area of particular importance in the field – the ethics of research with children. One of the primary discussion points within this topic is the idea of consent and what constitutes valid/informed consent. This leads into lecture three, which broadens the conversation around consent to ways in which we might ascertain it as researchers. Lecture four tackles what happens when unexpected events arise in research, outlining the examples of incidental findings, participant disclosure, and adverse events. This lecture also addresses one of the more difficult aspects of research – deciding when to break a confidentiality agreement. The fifth and final lecture brings research ethics into the modern age by exploring both the facilitated opportunities and ethical dilemmas brought about by the three main types of internet-based research: participant active, participant passive, and observation.

Lecturer

John Oates is an emeritus professor of developmental psychology at the Open University. His special field of research is child development, specifically perinatal mental health, and early child development. Professor Oates is the lead for the British Psychological Society code of human research ethics and has a position in Brussels working for the European Research Council reviewing research bids.

Cite this Lecture

APA style

Oates, J. (2021, November 01). Research Methods – Research Ethics - Internet-Based Research [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/research-ethics/internet-based-research

MLA style

Oates, John. "Research Methods – Research Ethics – Internet-Based Research." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 30 Nov 2021, https://massolit.io/courses/research-ethics/internet-based-research

Get instant access to over 4,000 lectures