The goal of this website is to help students learn about ethics and morality through personal exploration of their own values. With a secure and private registration process, students can access over 140 different scales in ten unique categories that measure a variety of constructs about morality. Students can receive feedback about their scores for each scale, along with information about how their scores compare with others. Other features include a blog, a Facebook group and the ability for instructors to create a group within the website to explore morality with others. This could be used in a variety of psychology classes and in any course about human behavior. Because the site also serves as a tool for scientific research on mortality, it could be used in a research methodology or beginning statistics class.
Type of Material:
The type of material is a quiz/test.
• This website could be used as a tool for learners to assess their own morality and values as part of an assignment. An instructor could incorporate the website into a lecture or learning module on moral development or use of technology in research methodology. Finally, students could create their own group within the website and study the ethics of their group as part of a course.
Two reviewers successfully accessed the website using Google Chrome.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The purpose of this quiz site is to help learners explore their own morality while also participating in scientific research. After using this websites, students will be able to: • Understand the variety of ways morality can be conceptualized and assessed • Use a series of quizzes to explore their own values, morality and ethics • Apply critical thinking skills to research on morality, values & ethics.
Target Student Population:
Undergraduates studying psychology, human behavior in social work, or research methods.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Subject matter prerequisites are not required. However, it would be beneficial for students to know how to assess privacy tools on the website.
• This website appears to be comprehensive, covering ten different categories of morality, ethics and values. It is highly interactive, allowing students to complete numerous quizzes and then receive individualized feedback. It could easily be incorporated into a variety of undergraduate courses. Additionally, there is a blog connected with website and a detailed description of the site’s developers/researchers.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This website appears to be comprehensive in its coverage of instruments used to measure morality, ethics and values. There are over 140 quizzes in ten different categories ranging from political judgement to happiness & well-being. The group creation feature would allow an instructor to create a group for a class, and information about the website’s developers/researchers lends credibility to the site. Also, the Facebook App is a very interesting way to collect data, but may not be practical for instructors due to privacy concerns or FERPA.
There are no learning outcomes associated with this website, and there is no information that would guide an instructor on how to incorporate the site into a class or assignment. While education is not the primary purpose of this site, it would be a benefit to include information about possible learning objectives, sample assignments or even case studies of how some instructors are using the site for educational purposes.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Strengths of this site include breadth of quizzes available, the individualized feedback to participants and the site’s blog which helps to contextualize the research for users. The quizzes are easy to complete, and the feedback to users is immediate.
The overall website design and navigation could be improved. Some of the content on the website is buried, and having more pages and options under the menu bar would help highlight this content. For example, the discussion of IRB approval is buried under “About Us” and the blog is under “Links.” Improving navigation and visibility of content would increase ease of use.
Other Issues and Comments:
Students would enjoy interacting with this website as part of an assignment or course, especially for online courses.
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