Ethics education in context: A case study of novel ethics activities for the CS classroom

Michael Skirpan, Nathan Beard, Srinjita Bhaduri, Casey Fiesler, Tom Yeh

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Abstract

Our paper offers several novel activities for teaching ethics in the context of a computer science (CS) class. Rather than approaches that teach ethics as an isolated course, we outline and discuss multiple ethics education interventions meant to work in the context of an existing technical course. We piloted these activities in an Human Centered Computing course and found strong engagement and interest from our students in ethics topics without sacrificing core course material. Using a pre/post survey and examples from student assignments, we evaluate the impact of these interventions and discuss their relevance to other CS courses. We further make suggestions for embedding ethics in other CS education contexts.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSIGCSE 2018 - Proceedings of the 49th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages940-945
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450351034
DOIs
StatePublished - 21 Feb 2018
Event49th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, SIGCSE 2018 - Baltimore, United States
Duration: 21 Feb 201824 Feb 2018

Publication series

NameSIGCSE 2018 - Proceedings of the 49th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
Volume2018-January

Conference

Conference49th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, SIGCSE 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBaltimore
Period21/02/1824/02/18

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Keywords

  • Active learning
  • Critical reflection
  • Curriculum
  • Ethics
  • Pedagogy

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