The purpose of the Short Course on RCR Instruction (SCoRCRI, pronounced “sorcery”) project is to help new or inexperienced responsible conduct of research (RCR) instructors to develop and implement “best practices” in RCR instruction. The course presenters, comprised of experienced RCR instructors and researchers, will define distinct topics, lead active discussions and exercises, and identify useful resources (case studies, short writing assignments, etc.) that will provide a foundational understanding of RCR and the tools needed for successful RCR instruction. The active learning approaches most effective for adult learners will be prominent.
In 2006, the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) started a project called RIO Boot Camp (Wright and Schneider 2010) as “part of a major ORI initiative to support and to professionalize the role of Research Integrity Officers,” or RIOs (ORI 2016). Until now, there was no analog for instructors of RCR.
I was the author of that article, and I can’t think of a better topic for my inaugural blog post here on TeachRCR. I hope you’ll read the whole article on the ORI Web site. There will be more news about SCoRCRI before long.