The English Language Center strives to facilitate research that is meaningful and well designed, especially studies conducted by our TESOL MA students or department faculty. Due to ethical obligations and logistical constraints, all research conducted at the ELC will need to be approved in advance by the ELC's Coordinators' Council. Due to federal regulations, almost all research will also need to be approved in advance by BYU’s Institutional Review Board.
This request is designed to be submitted before work begins on an IRB application to determine the feasibility of the study at the ELC. The request is used to identify how studies conducted at the ELC may impact learning or whether one study may undermine another study. This request helps the ELC’s Coordinators’ Council balance various needs of stakeholders and ensure the greatest likelihood of success for each study.
Since it may take time to ensure that all logistical elements are properly in place for some studies, requests should be submitted as early as possible. Some studies may greatly impact specific courses (e.g., require regular time in particular classes, alterations of the curriculum, use of specific teaching methods or materials over an extended period, etc.). Requests associated with such studies should be submitted by the following dates for their respective semesters:
Please contact James Hartshorn, ELC Program Coordinator, with any questions regarding these deadlines (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Requests to elicit data not associated with classroom research can be submitted at any time and will be reviewed in the order that they are received. Researchers will usually receive a reply regarding their request within two weeks. In some cases, an ELC administrator may want to discuss possible adjustments to the research design or timeline to allow the study to fit with other research currently being conducted at the ELC.
If the research is approved by the ELC, and the work is intended for publication, it will also need to be approved by the IRB before work can begin. This includes thesis and projects. The ELC needs to receive a copy of the approved IRB application before work begins. The only studies that will not need an IRB approval are those associated with BYU courses, conducted under the direction of BYU faculty and that are not intended for publication.
Please note that responses to the items below are highly relevant to and can also be used for the IRB application. Once you have completed the following items, please select the "submit" button below.
For student research:
Does this research have the full support of your chair or course professor?
3. Please indicate whether you intend to submit an IRB application.