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Preparing To Teach Computer Ethics: Results From The Dolce Project

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

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June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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Engineering Ethics

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8.937.1 - 8.937.13



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Tracy Camp

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Laurie Smith King

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Keith Miller

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Barbara Moskal

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Session 1761

Preparing to Teach Computer Ethics:

Results from the DOLCE Project

Barbara M. Moskala, Laurie Smith King, Keith Miller, Tracy Campa a Colorado School of Mines/College of the Holy Cross/University of Illinois at Springfield


The Developing On/Off-line Computer Ethics (DOLCE) is an NSF sponsored project which held three summer workshops for university faculty members. DOLCE has created web-based materials for teaching computer ethics to undergraduate computer science majors. The materials are closely integrated with the third edition of Computer Ethics, by Deborah Johnson3, and are designed to be used in undergraduate computer science classes or modules. The materials emphasize computer ethics theory and analytical skills, societal issues in computing and telecommunication, and professional ethics. Gender issues in computer ethics are a specific focus. The participating faculty members completed pre and post assessments before and after the summer workshops. Many of the participating faculty members' students were also evaluated using pre and post assessments before and after completing their computer ethics courses or modules. This paper presents the design of the DOLCE workshops and the results of our assessment efforts.

I. Introduction

Responsible computer use is an increasingly important issue. Significant economic harm has resulted from the development and release of unreliable software and from malicious attacks. Computer science students live and will work in an environment in which their professional decisions will affect and be affected by ethical dilemmas. These concerns bring computer ethics to the forefront of discussions in computer education5,6,7,8.

Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual conference & Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education

Camp, T., & Smith King, L., & Miller, K., & Moskal, B. (2003, June), Preparing To Teach Computer Ethics: Results From The Dolce Project Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12637

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