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The effectiveness of videos as a learning tool in an engineering ethics course Top engineering schools worldwide require their students to enroll in an engineeringethics course mainly because it serves as a soft introduction to real situations andscenarios usually encountered in the workplace. Moreover, the applied ethics courses help meet accreditation requirements such as ABET criteria of professional skills which includes “understanding ethics and professionalism”. However, theeffectiveness of the teaching of ethics courses remains controversial as some researchargues that the conventional instructional methods result only in superficial effectivenessand recommend the use of interactive learning, case studies, problem solving, videos,games, simulation, and role-playing among other tools to improve the quality of ethicsinstruction. With the increasing use of videos in higher education across all disciplines from arts, humanities, and sciences to professional and vocational curricula (Video use and higher education, 2009), the question remains to be: Are videos really an effective tool for teaching ethics? If this is true, which videos are better to use: documentaries or commercial movies? What is the level of understanding of the students of these movies, and can they relate the content of the course to the ethical concepts embedded in the movie? This study aims at exploringthe effectiveness of videos in engineering ethics instruction and determining which typeof videos is most effective by surveying a number of students enrolled in an engineeringethics course at the American University of Beirut about their opinions regarding threemovies of ethical relevance. By examining the responses of 54 students, the study resultsdid not refute the hypotheses whereby it was drawn that videos are indeed a usefullearning tool in applied ethics courses and that the use of commercial movies such asHollywood movies is more effective than showing documentaries and hypothetical ethicsvideos.
Itani, M. (2013, June), The effectiveness of videos as a learning tool in an engineering ethics course: A students' perspective Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22578
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