- To explore the complexity of the ethical issues associated with online research;
- To outline key ethical issues associated with online research including informed consent, confidentiality, privacy, debriefing and netiquette;
- To identify practical issues that might have an ethical component including online libel, spam, viruses and copyright issues;
- To explore international inequalities and the digital divide which might have ethical implications, including language issues and online power relations;
- To introduce key ethical guidelines for online research;
- To describe key terms, definitions and terminology in relation to online research ethics;
- To provide links to additional resources, frequently asked questions and print versions.
At the end of this module, you will be able to:
- Identify some of the key ethical issues associated with online research;
- Apply this knowledge in the design and implementation of online research projects, bearing in mind issues of informed consent, confidentiality, privacy, debriefing and netiquette;
- Consider issues of international and online inequality that might have an ethical bearing on your use of online research methods;
- Use the correct terminology when communicating about online research ethics;
- Collect information about sources of help when thinking about and applying online research ethics.