e-learning modules

UWW’s e-learning module development is supported by on-going financial and in-kind contributions from the Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR), the Canadians Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN).

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Community-Based Research 101

What is CBR: In this module, you will learn about CBR’s guiding principles, the strengths of this methodology in the HIV/AIDS research field, and a number of success stories from experienced researchers.

Merit Review: In the module you will learn about the merit review process for Community Based Research in HIV/AIDS. You will learn how a review committee evaluates a project’s scientific merit and potential impact (using the CIHR’s 5 point rating system) and how to incorporate a reviewer’s feedback into a research grant.

Developing Partnerships: In this module you will learn how to create strong research partnerships, covering topics like why partnerships are fundamental to successful CBR projects, how community organizations can find academic research partners, and strategies to navigate the challenges that arise within a research team.

Ethics Review: In this module you will learn about the ethics review process for Community Based Research, including what you need to include in an ethics review submission, assessing risks and benefits of a CBR project, and establishing good communication with your Review of Ethics Board (REB).

Informed Consent: In this module you will learn about the Informed Consent process for community-based research. You will learn why is Informed consent is an essential element of any CBR project, how to recieve informed consent from your participants, and what your responsibilities are as a researcher. At the end, you will be left with a document template that will help you begin the informed consent process for your own project.

Grant Writing: In this module you will learn about funding and grant writing. Specifically, it will help you learn about the Canadian Institute of Health Research, or the CIHR, Canada’s largest national funding organization for health research, comprised of 13 different institutes that supports over 14 000 researchers across our country. We will approach the CIHR from the prospective of those doing Community-Based Research in HIV/AIDS and this module will help you answer question like why should you apply for CIHR Funding? How to submit your project to the right funding opportunity? And what are the elements of the successful grant application?

CBR Case Study: In this module, you will learn about the phases involved in designing and conducing a community based research study.

Methods

Focus Groups: In this module, you will learn how to facilitate focus groups. A focus group is conducted to elicit nuanced opinions and attitudes about a particular topic, a person, or a product. We designed this with community based researchers in mind, but it will be helpful to anyone that’s looking to do a focus group for research purposes.

Indigenous Storytelling: In this module you will learn about Indigenous Storytelling, a research method based on Indigenous ways of knowing and producing knowledge, which can used to gather information for community-based research projects with Indigenous communities.

Participant Observation: In this module you will learn about Participant Observation, the systematic description of events, behaviours, and artifacts in the social setting chosen for study. Participant observation is used in a variety of disciplines, including community based research, as a first-line tool for collecting data about people, processes, and cultures.

Respondent-Driven Sampling: In this module you will learn about Respondent-driven Sampling (RDS), a network-based technique for estimating characteristics of hard-to-reach populations, which are often the focus of community-based research projects in HIV/AIDS.

Sensitive Topics: In this module you will learn about sensitive topics in research: what they are, how the influence the research process, and how to improve research in light of them.

Program Science: This module will introduce you Program Science. You will learn about the guiding principles of Program Science, the strengths of this methodology in the HIV/AIDS research field, then you’ll have an opportunity to apply what you’ve learnt to navigate through our choose your own adventure scenario.

Peer Researchers

Working “with” or “as” a Peer Researcher: In this e-module, you can learn about CBR from the perspective of someone working as a peer researcher, or from the perspective of someone who’s designing a study and working with peer researchers.

Women as Peer Researchers: In this video, challenges and experiences that women peer researchers may have when getting involved in research process are discussed.

Self-Care for Peer Researchers: In this module you will learn about self-care practices for peer researchers working on HIV research projects. You will learn about formal and informal supports and debriefing, appropriate boundaries, bracketing and resiliency.

Program Science

Program Science 101: This module will introduce you Program Science. You will learn about the guiding principles of Program Science and the strengths of this methodology in the HIV/AIDS research field.

Outcome Evaluation 101: In this module you will learn about the basic elements of planning and conducting an outcome evaluation.

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