At 9:01 am (CST) this morning, on March 6th, 2008, I received the following email from Dr. Charlie Stoops, IRB Chair at Dominican University. The IRB has granted final approval for my research project, so I can begin solicitation of research subjects and do real interviews & observation now.
Even though the IRB process took longer than expected, I learned a lot more by taking an extra week for pilot research. Especially considering that my first two interviews fell through, it was great to have the extra time to get a pilot interview under my belt and to explore a few more places in pilot observation mode. Never underestimate the importance of testing a research methodology!
March 6, 2008
Margaret Ostrander, Graduate Student
Dr. Michael Stephens, Faculty Sponsor
RE: GSLIS 008-001: Users of Virtual Worlds
Dear Ms. Ostrander,
I have completed the review of changes made to the above IRB application that were requested in our letter of February 29, 2008 granting Approval Pending Changes. Based on this review, your application is granted Approval.
Your approval is valid until March 5, 2009. If you complete your research within this time period, please notify the IRB in writing. If you need to make any changes to the procedures of your research, you must submit those for review by the IRB prior to making them. You will be notified 3 months prior to the deadline for renewal.
If you have any questions, you may contact the IRB administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charlie Stoops, Ph.D., LCSW