Asee peer logo

Web 2.0 Ethics Education: Patents and Copyright for STEM Students

Download Paper |

Conference

2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Ethics and Technology

Tagged Division

Engineering Ethics

Page Count

13

Page Numbers

25.1468.1 - 25.1468.13

Permanent URL

https://peer.asee.org/22225

Download Count

29

Request a correction

Paper Authors

biography

Christa Walck Michigan Technological University

visit author page

Christa Walck, Ph.D., was Principal Investigator on the ethics education project funded by the National Science Foundation. She is Associate Provost at Michigan Technological University, where she also served as Dean of the School of Business and Economics and Interim Director of the Van Pelt and Opie Library. Her current interests include assessment of student learning and organizational change.

visit author page

biography

Jacqueline E. Huntoon Michigan Technological University

visit author page

Jacqueline Huntoon is Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School at Michigan Technological University. She served as the internal evaluator for the project. She conducts applied research in the areas of science and engineering education, as well as basic research in the geosciences.

visit author page

biography

Jim R. Baker Michigan Technological University

visit author page

Jim Baker is Executive Director of Innovation and Industry Engagement at Michigan Technological University, with responsibilities including industrial sponsored research contracting, technology transfer, startup business development, and corporate philanthropy. In addition to the intellectual property ethics module described in this paper, he also teaches undergraduate courses on technology commercialization and intellectual property law. Baker is a licensed Patent Agent and holds a Ph.D. in environmental engineering.

visit author page

biography

Jean S. DeClerck Michigan Technological University

visit author page

Jean Straw DeClerck has supported two National Science Foundation (NSF) grants through the design, facilitation, and ongoing improvement of ethics education instruction to science and engineering students. She is an Engaged Learning and Integrated Technology Specialist at Michigan Technological University's Van Pelt and Opie Library. Her undergraduate studies included technical communication and mechanical engineering coursework, and she will complete her master's of science degree in rhetorical and technical communications at Michigan Tech in early 2012. Her current interests include engaged learning environments, mentorship, and the rhetorical aspects of effective engineering problem solving and implementation.

visit author page

biography

Nora Allred Michigan Technological University

visit author page

Nora Allred is Copyright Librarian at the J. Robert Van Pelt and Opie Library at Michigan Technological University. She provides copyright and fair use awareness to the campus community through the library's webpage, presentations, instruction sessions, and one-on-one consultations. As Co-PI on the NSF ethics education project, she lead the learning module on copyright and fair use for graduate students.

visit author page

Download Paper |

Abstract

Web  2.0  Ethics  Education:  Patents  and  Copyright  for  STEM  Students    Understanding the basics of intellectual property law and the norms of scholarlypublishing are essential to ethics education for STEM students. Three factors contributeto its urgency: anticipated federal mandates for ethics education for STEM studentengaged in funded research; today’s “re-mix culture,” which has the potential to violateintellectual property rights; and the burgeoning numbers of international STEM studentswith cultural models arguably inconsistent with U.S. standards for patents and copyrightcompliance. Sine 2010, our university has partnered with another to deliver an NSF-supported, 12-week ethics education program promoting collaborative learning andoffering scheduling flexibility for busy STEM graduate students through the innovativeuse of education and communication technologies. Grounded in Pask’s model ofconversation theory, the program engages student peers as well as patent and copyrightexperts in conversations using Web 2.0 technologies to encourage and capture groupinteraction and build critical thinking skills in the intellectual property domains of patentand copyright law. Student learning and satisfaction were evaluated using pre- and post-tests, rubric-guided expert evaluation of conversation transcripts and problem solutions,focus groups, and feedback forums, all designed to provide guidance for continuousimprovement of course delivery and content. Investigators will report lessons learned,student responses, application of the program to an undergraduate NSF-funded REUprogram, and transition to a sustainable ethics education program for STEM graduatestudents.First author bio:Christa Walck, Ph.D., was Principal Investigator on the ethics education project fundedby the National Science Foundation. She is Associate Provost at Michigan TechnologicalUniversity, where she also served as Dean of the School of Business & Economics,Director of the Van Pelt and Opie Library, and Conflict of Interest Coordinator. Hercurrent interests include assessment of student learning and managing organizationalchange.

Walck, C., & Huntoon, J. E., & Baker, J. R., & DeClerck, J. S., & Allred, N. (2012, June), Web 2.0 Ethics Education: Patents and Copyright for STEM Students Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/22225

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2012 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015