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Transforming Ethics Education through the Online Ethics Center and the Ethics Education Library

This joint project with the National Academy of Engineering's Center for Engineer, Ethics and Society is a collection of resources for STEM faculty new to teaching ethics, RCR administrators, and scholars and university administrators interested in developing ethics training and instruction programs for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Ethics Education Library, along with the Online Ethics Center, will help educators, researchers, administrators, undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and practicing scientists and engineers understand the scope of existing knowledge about both ethics and ethics education in science, mathematics, and engineering. One of the intents of this resource center is to help scholars and institutions meet NSF's implementation of Section 7009 of the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science (America COMPETES) Act by providing easy access to high quality case studies, best practices, and original scholarship in ethics in all of the fields that NSF supports.

Three primary grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) have supported the development of the Ethics Education Library. The first grant (#0936865) specifically supported the initial redesign of the OEC and the initial development of the EEL. The second grant (#1355547) enabled the OEC to become the Online Resource Center for Ethics Education in Engineering and Science, a significant expansion to include resources for all of the sciences that NSF supports, and continuing the development of the EEL. The third grant, Transforming Ethics Education: Connecting STEM Faculty and Research Adminstrators, and Ethics Education Resources through the Online Ethics Center (1835232) will seek to develop new tools and content for these audiences and further engage the research community in development of new and improved ways of integrating ethics into STEM fields and the research experience. 

The Ethics Center's efforts in this project are led by Kelly Laas.