San Antonio, Texas
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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
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