11. Teaching Information Systems Ethics through Service-Learning

  1. Brian A. Nejmeh
  1. Thomas S. E. Hilton and
  2. Donald D. Mowry

Published Online: 7 JUN 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118319130.ch11

Service-Learning in the Computer and Information Sciences: Practical Applications in Engineering Education

Service-Learning in the Computer and Information Sciences: Practical Applications in Engineering Education

How to Cite

Hilton, T. S. E. and Mowry, D. D. (2012) Teaching Information Systems Ethics through Service-Learning, in Service-Learning in the Computer and Information Sciences: Practical Applications in Engineering Education (ed B. A. Nejmeh), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118319130.ch11

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 7 JUN 2012
  2. Published Print: 21 MAY 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118100349

Online ISBN: 9781118319130

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Keywords:

  • ethical behavior;
  • Information system (IS);
  • senior capstone course;
  • service-learning;
  • Teaching Information Systems Ethics

Summary

Information system (IS) ethics education consists of content transmission or teaching the rules of using information systems ethically. IS ethics education has two parts: (1) teaching the rules and (2) evoking ethical behavior. Skinner’s behavioral reinforcement and Bandura’s social learning can both strongly influence behavior acquisition, so they are incorporated via service-learning projects into an IS senior capstone course. Clients model ethical behavior and raise ethics issues, and student efforts are publicly recognized by campus and community leaders. In the face of their obvious impact on community life and the tremendous gratitude of clients, students awaken from a state of anomie to a sense of involvement with the community that evokes ethical behavior. The use of service-learning as a tool to practice ethical decision making through experiential learning presents an additional layer of applied ethics and risk management that complicates the equation.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

ethical aspects; information technology