Author: Dr. Ann Hardy and Dr. Sherry Mills
Date: February 24, 2022

Is Learn eCORE Right for You?

Do you need to certify that you understand how to conduct ethical research?  Are you responsible for ensuring compliance for your organization’s research program?

If so, then Learn eCORE (Electronic Compliance and Research Ethics) can help by providing accurate, engaging, and affordable online research compliance and ethics courses specifically targeted to:

  • Principal investigators
  • Research staff
  • IRB members
  • Research administrators
  • Faculty and Students

What is Learn e-CORE?

As federal research regulations and policies evolve, it is critical that researchers have access to timely and accurate training.  Learn eCORE was founded in 2022 by Sherry Mills and Ann Hardy to meet this need. They have extensive experience in research training, having developed both the former National Institutes of Health (NIH) online course “Protecting Human Research Participants” and the subsequent version to reflect the revised Common Rule. Combined, these popular courses trained millions worldwide.

Learn eCORE offers three courses with plans to add more in the future:

  • Two versions of its well-known human subjects research training course (a biomedical version and a version for social, behavioral, and educational research (SBER).
  • A new comprehensive course on investigator conflict of interest (ICOI).


What sets Learn e-CORE apart from other training?

Content Developed by Recognized Experts

  • The Learn eCORE Founders developed the courses using their many years of experience with federal research regulations, guidance, and policies.
  • To further ensure accuracy and currency, Learn eCORE courses are vetted by leading subject matter experts, including evaluation of translated content.

Courses Designed to Enhance Learning

  • Practical case studies gleaned from real life research experiences help learners put training into practice
  • Reflect high quality instructional design with interactive features and graphics to aid comprehension
  • Self-paced with a personalized certificate of completion
  • Human subjects courses are available in English, Spanish, and French
  • An optional Faculty Guide to aid teachers using our human subjects research courses in the classroom

Cost-Effective Pricing

  • Affordable and flexible subscription plans assist individuals and institutions of all sizes.
  • Courses offer optional professional continuing education credits in an array of disciplines

Additional Resources at No Charge

  • A growing library of general professional skills online courses in areas such as effective communication, leadership, and management.
  • Access to free certificate Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training and summary documents such the revised Common Rule exemptions
  • Question of the Month feature answers common compliance questions

How Learn eCORE Came to Be

Drs. Sherry Mills and Ann Hardy are the guiding forces behind Learn eCORE. Together, they have decades of experience in conducting research and in developing federal research policy. Additionally, they have over 10 years of service as Institutional Review Board (IRB) members at NIH and large research-intensive universities and have consulted with major federal agencies such as the Office on Human Research Protections (OHRP).

During their federal careers, Drs. Mills and Hardy created comprehensive training programs for federal staff and extramural researchers on topics such as human subjects research protection, research methods, and federal grants programs. Specifically relevant to Learn eCORE, they developed the popular National Institutes of Health (NIH) online course “Protecting Human Research Participants”.  Since leaving federal service in 2017, they continue teaching others about research compliance and ethics, grant writing, and research program development.

In addition to their own expertise, Drs. Mills and Hardy are supported by a large network of researchers and colleagues expert in compliance and research ethics to further ensure the accuracy and relevance of Learn eCORE’s offerings.

Find Out if Learn eCORE is Right for You

Check out the Learn eCORE website at or contact us at to learn more!  Find out why Learn eCORE is The Expert, Affordable Alternative for Research Compliance and Ethics Online Training.

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