|A:||Is your activity “research”, or simply part of your teaching activity that is mandated by the department/faculty? If you are conducting student satisfaction surveys or comparing assignment results between cohorts for the purposes of improving your teaching or evaluating the
course/module, IRB approval is not required. If there is intention to publish the data obtained at some point, the students become “subjects/participants”, and as such, their involvement would require informed consent prior to the study. It is considered “research”, and approval from the NUS-IRB or Department Ethics Review Committee* (DERC) is required before the study begins.
* The DERCs may review educational research that falls within the Exemption categories listed in