Teaching and Assessing Technology Ethics

Date(s) - 06/12/2022
12:00 am - 5:00 pm

Room 1.33, Jack Cole Building

As ethical issues surrounding technology become increasingly prevalent in society, they are also seeing commensurate interest amongst computer science educators. A recent SIGCSE paper (Fiesler, Garrett and Beard 2020) found 202 different syllabi across a variety of university technology ethics courses. One of the conclusions of the paper is that “there is a lot that computing ethics educators could learn from each other”.

With this in mind, the School of Computer Science is holding a workshop to bring together educators interested in technology ethics to discuss, share and build best practices in this area.

In particular the aim of the workshop is to:

  • share syllabi and anecdotes about what works and what does not work when teaching and assessing tech ethics
  • develop shared resources that may benefit all
  • explore any Scottish-specific considerations, e.g., Scottish case studies that are good for teaching, or how best to embed ethics in a four-year Scottish subhonours/honours degree programme.

This half-day workshop should be of interest to anyone who is involved, or interested, in teaching technology and ethics. The format of the event will be a small number of short, invited presentations, interspersed with breakout groups where participants will discuss their existing or desired teaching, any challenges, and possible solutions.

Participants are thus asked to bring their current syllabi or other teaching materials where relevant.

The workshop will take place in Room 1.33 of the Jack Cole Building at the University of St Andrews, and the rough schedule is as follows:

  • 11.30am to 12 noon – arrivals
  • 12 noon to 1pm – lunch + welcome
  • 1pm to 1.45pm – presentations
  • 1.45pm to 2.30pm – breakout groups
  • 2.30pm to 3pm – afternoon tea
  • 3pm to 3.45pm – presentations
  • 3.45 pm to 4.30pm – breakout groups
  • 4.30pm to 5pm – reporting back, summary and outcomes

The intended outcomes of the workshop are a paper to appear in CEP or UKICER, and a shared repository of module syllabi and other teaching resources. Depending on the outcomes of discussions, we may pursue follow-up funding or research projects based on shared needs or interests.

This event is free, thanks to sponsorship by the Scottish Informatics & Computer Science Alliance through its Education Programme.

Spaces are limited and priority will be given to current educators.

Register here

If you have any questions or suggestions, please get in touch by e-mail with the event organiser Tristan Henderson.

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