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Interactive Session: Including Ethical Discussions in your Technical Classes

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



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Engineering Ethics Division Technical Session

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Engineering Ethics

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23.794.1 - 23.794.9



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Rebecca A Bates Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Rebecca A. Bates received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Washington in 2004. She also received the M.T.S. degree from Harvard Divinity School in 1993. She is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Integrated Engineering program at Minnesota State University, Mankato, home of the Iron Range and Twin Cities Engineering programs. She was a 2011-12 AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation.

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Michael C. Loui University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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Michael C. Loui is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and University Distinguished Teacher-Scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His interests include computational complexity theory, professional ethics, and engineering education research. He serves as Editor of Journal of Engineering Education and as a member of the editorial boards of College Teaching and Accountability in Research. He is a Carnegie Scholar and an IEEE Fellow. Professor Loui was Associate Dean of the Graduate College at Illinois from 1996 to 2000. He directed the theory of computing program at the National Science Foundation from 1990 to 1991. He earned the Ph.D. at M.I.T. in 1980.

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Interactive  Session:  Including  Ethical  Discussions  in  your  Technical   Classes    The  use  of  case  studies  is  a  recognized  and  powerful  method  for  incorporating  engineering  ethics  into  engineering  classrooms.    However,  leading  interactive  discussions  and  supporting  ethical  development  is  often  an  untrained  skill  for  engineering  faculty.      To  support  ongoing  faculty  development  amongst  ASEE  conference  attendees,  an  interactive  technical  session  is  proposed  where  an  experienced  teacher  of  ethics  in  engineering  contexts  will  lead  attendees  through  a  class-­‐length  case  study  chosen  to  address  an  issue  broad  enough  to  relate  to  multiple  disciplines.    After  the  discussion  (about  45  minutes),  there  will  be  a  30-­‐minute  period  to  reflect  on  and  discuss  approaches  to  incorporating  ethics  discussion  in  classes,  methods  for  supporting  student  discussion  and  evaluation  of  the  experience.    Attendees  will  interact  with  the  discussion  leader  as  they  either  hope  or  expect  their  students  to  participate  (modeling  student  behavior).    Attendees  will  be  encouraged  to  observe  the  process  while  reflecting  on  what  experiences  may  or  may  not  work  in  their  own  classroom.    The  goal  of  this  paper  is  to  provide  resources  and  information  associated  with  this  interactive  “classroom”  session.    Curriculum  information,  suggestions  for  pedagogy,  links  to  online  and  physical  resources  including  prepared  case  studies,  a  biography  of  the  presenter  and  pointers  to  useful  information  about  teaching  ethics  will  be  presented.      

Bates, R. A., & Loui, M. C. (2013, June), Interactive Session: Including Ethical Discussions in your Technical Classes Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19808

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