Code of Professional Ethics in Educational Technology
In my EdTech 501 course we were challenged with finding a local issue where the AECT Code of Ethics could be applied and discussed. My school district recently notified staff that it had decided to use a program called Gaggle that will sift through student emails, papers, and all online correspondence on District provided Google accounts and notify administrators if there was evidence of profanity, cyberbullying, or threats of violence. A teacher in my district spoke out against the use of Gaggle claiming it violated students’ right to privacy.
I thought this would be a perfect example where the Code of Ethics could be applied. In learning about the Code as well as researching this issue I came to understand that ethics is not always about who is right and who is wrong, it is more about weighing right vs. right. Often, both sides of an ethics argument feel and can claim to be right with equal evidence and examples to back up the claim. So often, these debates can get heated. This is opposed to a right vs. wrong argument where moral judgement comes into play and laws govern much of the debate.
Truthfully, I started this assignment thinking a look at ethics was a waste of time and a necessary educational hurtle to get over on my way to more exciting things. But in studying the AECT Code of Ethics, researching an example of where it could be applied, and applying the code to a case study I came to understand that every true profession needs a code of ethics.
Ethics are guidelines for your craft. They state what people in your profession believe and strive for in their work. This was a good first step in my journey to become an Educational Technologist. I truly feel that I understand where I am headed better.
I picked a major that looked interesting. The classes were what I wanted to learn. I was thinking “oh well, it isn’t Instructional Design” but it’s something very similar. But now I know what Educational Technology is and I’m very happy I made the decision to pursue it even though I didn’t really know much about it when I made that decision. I feel it is a real profession with a code of ethics and real direction and movement.
Here’s the paper. Enjoy it and please leave a comment below if you feel strongly one way or the other. My views could change on this.