Globalizing Engineering Ethics Education Through Web-Based Instruction

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					Globalizing Engineering Ethics
Education Through Web-Based
          Instruction
             M.L. Cummings
       Aeronautics and Astronautics
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
            MissyC@mit.edu

                 Jenny Lo
           Engineering Education
               Virginia Tech
                jlo@vt.edu
 Online Engineering Ethics Class
• Motivation: ABET EC 2000 : “engineering
  programs must demonstrate that their
  graduates have an understanding of
  professional and ethical responsibility” (item
  f.)
  – Transfer students
• One credit class
• Blackboard®
• Piloted 2001 & 2002
Course Management
Modules


    Lesson #                 Topic

       1       Introduction to Ethical Frameworks
       2                Ethical Theory
       3             Psychological Aspects
       4         Codes & Professional Societies
       5                Risk and Safety
       6              Intellectual Property
       7              Conflicts of Interest
       8                Whistleblowing
       9        Environmental and Global Issues
      10        Weapons & the Defense Industry
Module Example
Assignments
Quizzes
Communications



             Asynchronous
                 vs.
             Synchronous
Discussion Questions
Moderating Discussions
Links
             The Future…
• Technology
• Institutionalized as a regular course
  offering.
• Turnover
• Expansion to 3 credit course
• A class for non-engineering students
• Centra
• Global instruction