Information For IRB Members

IRB Continuing Education

Ongoing education is an important component of serving on the Institutional Review Board (IRB).  It is an expectation of Human Subjects Research Protection Program Accreditation standards for the University of Iowa. IRB members and Human Subjects Office (HSO) staff are required to complete IRB Continuing Education activities each month.  These activities prepare members and staff to conduct a thorough, high quality review of all human subjects research under the purview of the UI IRB. 

Each month, IRB members and staff are asked to read a document, watch a video or listen to a podcast and then complete a brief quiz.  Quizzes remain open for two months to allow time to complete the education requirement in a timely manner. The educational content remains available after the quizzes are locked.

See the instructions below to access the IRB Continuing Education modules in ICON (Iowa Courses Online), the UI course management system.  You must be on the class list to access this course. 


Step 1: If you have a University of Iowa email address, click here to access this course in Canvas.

If you do not have a University of Iowa email address, click here to use the Guest Account.

Step 2: Log in using your HawkID and password. 

Step 3: Open the IRB Continuing Education Course. From the black sidebar, on the left of your screen a number of icons will appear. Under the “Courses” tab, click on the “IRB Continuing Education” course.

Step 4: Read the monthly content. 

Under the “Home” tab in gold, the modules are listed by month and year. Click on the month you wish to complete. The drop down menu will include the documents to read for that month.

  1. Click on the title of the handout to open the handout screen.
  2. To download the document, click the blue title that says “Download”.

Step 5: Complete the quiz.  You must open and read the monthly handout and any supplemental documents before you can take the quiz.

  1. Click “Home” to return to the Home page.
  2. Click on the drop down module labeled Quiz
  3. On the next screen, scroll down and click the goldTake the Quiz” link.

After you answer the questions, you must click Submit Quiz” to submit your quiz.

The next screen will show your score and feedback explaining the correct answers.

Questions: Contact Kelly O’Berry, IRB Education & Outreach Program Manager by e-mail: or by phone: 319-335-8477.

IRB Member Manuals are located on the IRB Member tab in HawkIRB under "Education."