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Ethics Across the Curriculum Toolkit
Modeled upon the practice of open source code development, the EAC (ethics across the curriculum) Toolkit has established an online environment that enables the sharing of best practices in ethics instruction. Working on Connexion courseware and its online platform, the Toolkit facilitates integrated access, collaborative creation, continual improvement, and interactive dissemination of EAC resources and instructional best practices.

Ethics Matters
A site compiled by Lawrence Hinman of The Values Institute, University of San Diego that includes case studies, instructor guides, and ethics-related publications covering all disciplines.

Loyola University, Chicago
Includes a discussion of workshops for faculty, topics addressed during these workshops, and an article discussion learning objectives for undergraduate education in ethics.

Poynter Center - Teaching Research Ethics
The Center hosts an annual workshop designed to assist instructors in developing methods for teaching research ethics and developing department-wide programs at their home institutions. The website includes an overview of the workshop, and a number of notable essays on learning objectives, using case studies, and developing ethics assignments.

The Project for Scholarly Integrity
This initiative of the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), seeks to advance the scope and quality of graduate education in the ethical and responsible conduct of research. Supported by the Office of Research Integrity (ORI), CGS has made awards to seven institutions participating in five projects, each of which is developing and assessing educational models that promote responsible scholarly conduct. This site serves as a tool for sharing ideas developed in these projects and as a clearinghouse of resources relevant to graduate deans and other university administrators, faculty, researchers, and graduate students. The resources on this site address curricular needs across a wide range of topics typically covered in responsible conduct of research (RCR) education and training. The site also addresses broad ethical issues, such as the ethical obligations of universities, as well as strategies for institutionalizing changes in the research environment. The web page also includes a well designed database of relevant articles on assessment, broad areas of ethics in universities, and topics in RCR and science research ethics.

St Louis University, EAC program

Utah Valley State College, EAC program

Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum
Publisher of the journal "Teaching Ethics". Includes articles and postings of upcoming conferences and workshops.

Union College
Union College has developed a program that along with providing contacts and resources for faculty, also offers a grant to assist instructors in buying teaching materials, traveling to ethics-related conferences, organizing campus activities, and bringing outside speakers to campus.

Instructional Resources


Doing Good and Avoiding Evil
This manual was developed by Dr. Lisa Newton for students i in her practical and professional ethics course. It has an extensive collection of cases and supplies a method for coming to understand the sorts of ethical problems that arise for professionals.


Engineering Case Studies
Compiled by Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, this is a collection of a number of real-life engineering cases that include detailed technical information.

Ethics In-Basket
The Ethics-in-Basket is the online portion of a projects supported by the National Science Foundation for the development, assessment, and dissemination of “micro-insertions” to help integrate ethics into the graduate engineering curriculum. In a series of workshops, engineering faculty and graduate students were asked to develop technical problems that include underlying ethical issues. By giving normally abstract technical problems a realistic context, students are now asked to make professional decisions. The problems developed through this project are available to be downloaded and used by instructors through the Ethics-in-Basket website, and you are invited to submit your own problems for inclusion.

Murdoch Center for Engineering Ethics
Home of the National Institute of Engineering Ethic and Murdoch Center for Engineering Ethic at Texas Tech University. Includes case studies, resource guides, and upcoming workshops and seminars sponsored by the Center.

National Society of Professional Engineers Ethics Cases
This is a searchable collection of cases brought before the NSPE’s Board of Ethical Review from 1959 to the present. Includes a summary of the case and the opinions issued by the Board.

Online Ethics Center for Science and Engineering
Incredible resource for case studies, instruction guides, and essays on engineering and science research ethics. This is one of the premier sites for engineering ethics.

Teaching Engineering Ethics: A case study approach
Text of a very good guide published by Michael Pritchard in 1992. Includes instructional guide and many case studies that can be integrated in a course.

Making Connections:Engineering Ethics on the World Wide Web

Compiled by Joseph Herkert in 1997, this guide is a collection of online resources for teaching engineering ethics. Updated annually by the Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science.

Research Ethics

Moral Reasoning in Scientific Research
This booklet, published by the Poynter Center at Indiana University, is a collection of materials for teaching the responsible science in college and university science courses. The booklet includes an introduction to one approach for teaching ethics, a short essay for students, entitled "Developing a Well-Reasoned Response to a Moral Problem in Scientific Research" and six short case studies in research ethics. Each case is accompanied by an instructor guide with notes on how to guide a discussion of the case, and how to assess students' responses. The booklet also includes advice on how to lead case discussions, and suggesting for giving written feedback to students and developing an assessment tool for evaluating the effectiveness of instruction. This booklet was developed for a project entitled "Teaching Research Ethics: A Workshop at Indiana University.

Office of Research Integrity Introduction to RCR by Nick Steneck
This booklet introduces the nine core instructional areas in responsible conduct of research in a way that follows the entire lifecycle of the research process, from planning, to conducting, reporting and finally reviewing research. Written to be of use to students and instructors alike, it includes featured case studies, discussion questions, and links to other electronic and printed researches for each core area.

Resources for Research Ethics Instruction
Developed by the Responsible Conduct of Research Education Committee of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, this web resource provides links to a wide range of information for instructors interested in RCR instruction. The site includes a series of modules on some of the main topics in research ethics such as human subjects, collaboration, and peer review. Each topic section includes a brief introduction to some of the main issues, a summary of applicable rules, regulations and guidelines that apply, a summary of ethical principles that are particularly relevant to the topic, and a section of further resource, which include case studies and readings for use in instruction. The site also includes a summary of some examples of how to teach RCR, as well as discussion tools and main points to keep in mind for instructional assessment.

Research Ethics: Cases and Commentaries
This set of case studies were written by graduate and post-doctoral students who took part in workshops on Graduate Research Ethics Education workshops held from 1996-2002 at Indiana University, Bloomington. Focusing on the natural sciences, each case is accompanied by a number of expert commentaries. Available through the Online Ethics Center.

University of Minnesota
This web resource includes a list of contacts for questions research ethics and policies, instructional guides that can be used in classes, and an online database of materials on teaching ethics, compiled by the University of Minnesota Library.

Western Michigan University
The Office of the Vice President for Research and the Center for the Study of Ethics in Society has developed a web resource focusing on research ethics which includes an extremely good summary of the nine areas of responsible conduct of research, information on compliance and IRB’s, as well as a bibliography of materials for further research.

Objectives/Sample Syllabi

Engineering Ethics Syllabus, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Philip Hiilmer and Michael C. Loui

Engineering Ethics Syllabus, Texas A & M University
Charles E. Harris

Case Studies and instructional guides for the computing ethics curriculum.

Information Systems Ethics
Collection of readings, sample syllabi, and pedagogical readings on cyberethics.

Scientific Ethics Syllabus, University of San Diego
Michael Kalichman, Dena Plemmons


"Teaching Ethics across the Engineering Curriculum"

Text of a talk presented at the International Confence on Ethics in Engineering and Computer Science, March 1999. Discusses the importance of teaching ethics, how to develop problems that include an ethics component and examples.

"Teaching Ethics and Teaching Engineering: A Parallel Experience"
Essay by Tim Healy discussing the strengths and weaknesses of using case studies to teach ethics, and examining the connection between the use of models in engineering education. Originally appeared in the Ethics Connection newsletter, published by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

"Using the Web for Teaching Engineering Ethics across the Curriculum"

Essay by Nicholas Steneck discussing the strength and limits of using online resources for teaching engineering ethics. Maintained by the Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science.

“Learning Outcomes for Ethics Across the Curriculum”
Article by David Ozar discussing undergraduate ethics education from the point of view of a learning-outcomes-centered approach to curriculum design. It aims to identify the kinds of learning-outcomes that Ethics Across the Curriculum programs ought to aim at and be judged successful by. The first section explains the learning-outcomes-centered approach to designing and evaluating curriculum proposals. The second section applies this approach specifically to ethics education for undergraduates. It concludes with a proposal for Ideal Learning Outcomes for ethics education in an undergraduate curriculum. The third section asks which of these learning outcomes can reasonably be achieved by an Ethics Across the Curriculum program and which of these learning outcomes could not dependably be achieved unless a formal course in ethics is a requirement for every student. The fourth section briefly examines teaching strategies for Ethics Across the Curriculum programs and discusses ways of helping faculty in Ethics Across the Curriculum programs become effective ethics teachers.

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