Ethical Behaviour in the E-Classroom

Ethical Behaviour in the E-Classroom

What the Online Student Needs to Know

1st Edition - May 25, 2012
  • Author: Cassandra Smith
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780633060
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781843346890

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Description

This book covers ethical behaviour in the online classroom. Written for distance education students in higher education worldwide, the book serves as a guide for students in the e-classroom in examining ethical theories and behaviour. A number of salient questions are addressed: What is ethical? What does ethical behaviour consists of in an e-classroom? What are violations of ethics in the e-classroom? Students will have the opportunity to review real-life ethical dilemmas in the online classroom, state their positions by engaging in discussion, and reflect on the repercussions of unethical behaviour. The way students define ethical behaviour can impact how they engage with other online learners: students who view and react differently to the world may learn and respond differently. The book also explores opportunities for applied ethics, definitions of a successful online learner, and critical thinking concepts.

Key Features

  • Presents real-life scenarios to allow the reader to understand the reality of ethical issues online
  • Includes the critical thinking circle, an original design by the author highlighting external and internal factors that influence adult students’ ethical decision-making process
  • Written for the adult student to meet his or her degree goals in the online learning environment

Readership

Distance educator students and instructors

Table of Contents

  • Dedication

    List of figures

    Acknowledgements

    About the author

    Introduction to ethical behaviour in the e-classroom

    Course design

    Objectives

    Format

    Chapter 1: Assessing behaviour

    Abstract:

    Ethics definition

    What does “good behaviour” mean?

    Ethics and e-classes

    Planning

    Carrying out

    Evaluating

    How does self-directed learning relate to ethics?

    Code of ethics

    Summary

    Chapter 2: Ethical theories and e-learning

    Abstract:

    Ethical theories

    Ethical theories and e-learning

    Ethical theories and moral character

    Summary

    Chapter 3: Processing thoughts: critical thinking

    Abstract:

    Critical thinking defined

    Critical thinking in e-learning

    Identifying and challenging assumptions

    Critical thinking and posing questions

    How do inferences and assumptions factor in critical thinking?

    Summary

    Chapter 4: Rules of conduct: plagiarism

    Abstract:

    Plagiarism defined

    Plagiarism in e-learning

    Citing sources

    Summary

    Chapter 5: Moral dilemmas online

    Abstract:

    Moral dilemmas

    Self-efficacy

    Students’ unpreparedness issues

    Online excuses

    Summary

    Chapter 6: Transformative language: communication in e-learning

    Abstract:

    Transformative language

    Transforming language

    Online tone

    Ethical dilemmas in communication

    Conflict resolution

    Personality types

    Summary

    Chapter 7: Ethics boards: discussion responses

    Abstract:

    Discussion interaction

    Discussion question basic format

    Bloom’s cognitive taxonomy

    Summary

    Chapter 8: Adhering to principles: researching

    Abstract:

    Research

    How to research

    How to write

    Grammar tips

    Written assignments – essays

    Reza

    Alice

    Sherman

    Discussion nightmares! What role does technology play? by McBride and Smith (April 2009)

    Summary

    Chapter 9: Critical thinking

    Abstract:

    Critical thinking and unethical decisions

    Case one

    Critical thinking and time management

    Critical thinking and discussions

    Critical thinking and essay development

    Critical thinking and ethics

    Internal factors

    External factors

    Summary

    Chapter 10: Ethical expectations: students

    Abstract:

    Ethical expectations

    Learning with a purpose

    Commitment to class

    Ethical disposition

    Motivation

    Tips for being a successful online student

    Summary

    Closing remarks

    References

    Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 198
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2012
  • Published: May 25, 2012
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780633060
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781843346890

About the Author

Cassandra Smith

Cassandra J. Smith works in distance education. She has been writing for more than 10 years, and has written online courses, web-based training materials, and worked as a news producer for an affiliate of a major US television network. In 2008 Cassandra wrote a facilitator’s guide for online instructors, Who Let this Disaster in My Classroom.

Affiliations and Expertise

Ashford University, USA