Ethics and Laptops: Identifying Social Responsibility Issues in Puerto Rico

TitleEthics and Laptops: Identifying Social Responsibility Issues in Puerto Rico
Publication TypeTeaching Module
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsFrey, WJ, Cruz-Cruz, JA
PublisherUniversity of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez
Publication Languageeng
Keywordsbusiness , COMPUTER science , ELECTRICAL engineering , ENVIRONMENTAL ethics , Instructional Methods
AbstractThis module is based on a hypothetical case with some very real implications. Students are placed in the perspective of decision-makers charged with implementing a project to give public school students in Puerto Rico laptop computers to facilitate their education. Then they are provided with a socio-technical system methodology to help them identify potential problems embedded in laptop technology. Using these tools, they identify and solve ethical and social problems that are likely to arise when public officials work to implement laptop computer technology into the Puerto Rican public school socio-technical system. This module is being developed as a part of an NSF-funded project, "Collaborative Development of Ethics Across the Curriculum Resources and Sharing of Best Practices," NSF SES 0551779.
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