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Developing an Ethical Compass for Worlds of Learning

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Date Added to MERLOT: November 15, 2002
Date Modified in MERLOT: February 10, 2009
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Author: Doug Johnson Send email to Doug Johnson 
Mankato (Minnesota) Public Schools
Submitter : Allan Jones

Computer ethics, better labeled "information technology ethics," deal with the proper use of a wide range of telecommunication and data storage devices. Ethics is the branch of philosophy that makes moral judgments, considers issues of right and wrong, and determines what behaviors are humane and inhumane.

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Primary Audience: Grade School, Middle School, High School, College General Ed, Graduate School, Professional
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Language: English
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Avatar for Michelle L. Pilati
11 years ago

Michelle L. Pilati (Faculty)

A brief review of this site reveals that it provides a useful introduction to
ethics in general and the special ethical concerns that arise when using
computers. While not an appropriate site to be used as a teaching tool in
psychology (where there is much written about moral development), it would
certainly be a site to which instructors could refer students to advise them of
the relevant issues.

Avatar for Allan Jones
11 years ago

Allan Jones (Staff)

Not long ago, ethical technology questions were only of interest to a very few
specialists. But as the use of information technologies spreads throughout
society and its importance to our national economies and individual careers
grows, everyone will need to make good ethical decisions when using computers.
Studies show that persons involved in computer crimes acquire both their
interest and skills at an early age. This site contains much valuable
information for bringing ethical issues into a practical "real world" view. This
is an excellent reference site - even if it seems "dated."

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