Web-based Learning

The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research is dedicated to education and is offering the following web based learning opportunities:

Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (eSource) Course

This introductory online courses are research methods and tools for researchers engaging in BSS research on health-related topics. Click here to view the course.

Best Practices In Social and Behavioral Research - eLearning Course for Good Clinical Practice

In September 2016, the NIH issued a Policy on Good Clinical Practice Training for NIH Awardees Involved in NIH-funded Clinical Trials (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-16-148.html).  Good Clinical Practice (GCP) is an international ethical and scientific quality standard for designing, conducting, recording and reporting clinical trials.  The principles of GCP help assure the safety, integrity, and quality of clinical trials.  Investigators and clinical trial staff who are competent in GCP principles will be better able to assure that the rights, safety and well-being of human subjects are protected; that clinical trials are conducted in accordance with approved plans and with rigor and integrity, and that data derived from clinical trials are reliable.


Evidence-Based Behavioral Practice

The Evidence-Based Behavioral Practice (EBBP) Project was commissioned by OBSSR in 2006. The project's goals are: (a) to develop a conceptual model that harmonizes the approach to evidence-based practice across health professions, and (b) to create and disseminate on-line resources that that help bridge the gap between behavioral research and practice.

The EBBP Project team is comprised of a multidisciplinary Council, Scientific Advisory Board, Clinical and Community Practitioner Advisory Councils (PRACs), and a panel of expert consultants. Led by Bonnie Spring, Ph.D. at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois, USA, the EBBP Council includes representatives from medicine, nursing, psychology, public health, and social work.

The EBBP Project website contains links to many resources about evidence-based practice. In addition, the project has launched seven online learning modules that can be found at www.ebbp.org/training.html. All modules are freely available to learners and teachers. In addition, continuing education credits are available for psychologists, physicians, and nurses, and will be available shortly for social workers.

  • The EBBP Process: Learn and conduct the steps of the evidence-based practice process with a simulated client and/or community.
  • Searching for Evidence: Learn strategies for choosing and using information tools to find evidence.
  • Introduction to Systematic Reviews: Learn how to evaluate and conduct a systematic review.
  • Critical Appraisal: Learn to evaluate studies that use a variety of different research designs to determine whether an intervention works.
  • Randomized Control Trials: Learn what randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are and the basics of how to design and conduct them.
  • Shared Decision-Making with Individual Clients: Learn about the shared decision-making process as a practitioner working with individual clients in a simulated clinical setting. Make decisions that attempt to balance the best available evidence with client preferences and resources.
  • Collaborative Decision-Making with Communities: Learn about the collaborative decision-making process as a public health practitioner working with communities. Make decisions that attempt to balance best available evidence with community preferences and resources while simulating the role of a program manager in a local health department.

Learn more  | EBBP Online Learning Modules (FREE)



Team Science.net

TeamScience.net is an open suite of e-learning resources designed to foster learning and skill development in Team Science. TeamScience.net addresses a broad audience of researchers at multiple career stages, research development officers and administrators, and students and educators interested in conducting and/or facilitating team science, especially in biomedical and clinical sciences. The system enables learners to gain access to information relevant to forming, leading, and evaluating teams that realizes the benefits of a conversation with a human expert. These modules can be accessed free of charge at www.teamscience.net by simply registering at the site's portal.

TeamScience.net provides junior and senior faculty investigators and research development officers examples of real world scenarios unique to cross-disciplinary, team-based research. Four self-guided learning modules in all:

  1. The "science of team science-SciTS" module introduces key concepts of team science by showcasing successful national multi-, inter-, and transdisciplinary research programs, and introduces learners to empirical and theoretical research that provides evidence-based guidance about effective science teams through interviews with prominent team science experts and a presentation of their findings.
  2. The Behavioral Team Science module takes learners through a series of simulations as a senior investigator applying for an interdisciplinary program project grant.
  3. The Biomedical Team Science module takes learners through a series of simulations as a research development officer working with a senior investigator to develop a very large, transdisciplinary research center.
  4. And the Clinical Team Science module takes learners through as series of simulations as an early career physician scientist developing a collaborative clinical trial proposal.

Health, technology, social, and environmental problems impacting our world are complex and researchers are increasingly able to address them through collaborative scientific and scholarly pursuit. This type of challenge necessitates multi/inter/transdisciplinary engagement and a high level of teamwork-an activity referred to as team science. Working in multi/inter/transdisciplinary teams increases the likelihood that researchers can integrate multiple and divergent perspectives and develop new insights and solutions. As the trend toward collaboration continues, effective practices and tools to support the efforts of researchers and institutions to initiate and nurture partnerships become increasingly important; TeamScience.net, is one of those tools.

TeamScience.net is supported in part by: National Institutes of Health CTSA grant 3UL1RR025741, Multidisciplinary Clinical and Translational Science Program (PI: Philip Greenland) and National Library of Medicine contract N01-LM-6-3512 from the Office of Behavioral & Social Sciences Research, (PI: Bonnie Spring).