Originally Posted by peanutbutter87
the research is approved by the university, so I do have forms of consent. I'm using these answers so I can situate myself. The official informants for the research are aware of consent forms.
So, this is sort of a pilot study? Given that, and given that you're just doing this for a course, I guess there isn't much of an issue here. You were up-front that this was for a research project, though you might have also said more up front about what you plan to do with the data, etc.
(I teach ethics for a living, and I've done some research involving human subjects, so I tend to be annoyingly picky about these things.)