A CSCL script for supporting moral reasoning in the ethics classroom

Claudio Alvarez*, Gustavo Zurita, Nelson Baloian, Oscar Jerez, Sergio Peñafiel

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In many engineering schools around the world, ethics is a compulsory subject. However, teaching ethics in engineering is not a simple duty, as engineering students usually attribute less value to learning ethics than to other subjects. Hereby, we report on our initial efforts towards developing a CSCL script for fostering meaningful ethical discussions among engineering students in the classroom. The script comprises successive phases in which the students conduct ethical judgments individually, in a small group and in a teacher-mediated class group discussion. The process seeks that students cast their judgments without inhibitions, so it maintains students’ anonymity in all phases. A trial with 35 engineering students confirmed that the tool offers a good usability, averaging a 79.9 score in the System Usability Scale (SUS). Furthermore, the trial cohort highlighted the convenience of anonymity when discussing ethical cases. Analysis of student behavior revealed that ethical judgments tend to be stable across the activity. However, judgments changed mostly in groups where more discussion was generated. In the future, we will study whether group composition that maximizes the heterogeneity of the students in the groups according to their individual ethical appraisals increases the likelihood of students varying their ethical judgments, as a result of argumentative and reflexive processes in discussions.

Idioma originalInglés
Título de la publicación alojadaCollaboration Technologies and Social Computing - 25th International Conference, CRIWG+CollabTech 2019, Proceedings
EditoresHideyuki Nakanishi, Hironori Egi, Irene-Angelica Chounta, Hideyuki Takada, Satoshi Ichimura, Ulrich Hoppe
EditorialSpringer Verlag
Número de páginas18
ISBN (versión impresa)9783030280109
EstadoPublicada - 2019
Evento25th International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Social Computing, CRIWG+CollabTech 2019 - Kyoto, Japón
Duración: 3 sep. 20195 sep. 2019

Serie de la publicación

NombreLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volumen11677 LNCS
ISSN (versión impresa)0302-9743
ISSN (versión digital)1611-3349


Conferencia25th International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Social Computing, CRIWG+CollabTech 2019

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Funding Information:
This research has been funded by CONICYTFondecyt Initiation into Research grant 11160211, and Fondecyt Regular grant 1161200.

Publisher Copyright:
© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019.


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