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The ethics of e-learning: exploiting the potential benefits, avoiding harm and thinking about intent

Higgs, Alison (2010). The ethics of e-learning: exploiting the potential benefits, avoiding harm and thinking about intent. In: ICERI 2010 (International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation), 15-17 November 2010, Madrid, Spain.

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Abstract

This paper identifies and addresses some of the complex and emerging ethical aspects of elearning.

At a time when developing technologies offer increasing opportunities for creative applications to learning, ethical aspects merit attention. The author is an experienced teacher of ethics in health and social care at university level. She has also successfully developed blended learning for social work students.

The paper discusses a range of ethical issues in connection with newer modes of teaching and learning. These include resourcing, protection from harm, intent/motivation in implementing elearning, and the efficacy of new technology in education.

Framing pedagogical ethical dilemmas in deontological and consequentialist terms, the author argues that traditional ethical theory does not offer tools to consider these adequately, let alone resolve them.

The paper argues that searching questions should be asked about the ethical implications of elearning to ensure that new technologies benefit students.

Item Type: Conference Item
Copyright Holders: 2012 Alison Higgs
Extra Information: ICERI2010 Proceedings CD
ISBN: 978-84-614-2439-9
p. 7032.
Keywords: ethics; e-learning; phealth and social care; pedagogy; social work
Academic Unit/Department: Health and Social Care > Social Work
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Item ID: 33249
Depositing User: Alison Higgs
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2012 10:18
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2012 14:28
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/33249
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