Investigating ethical crimes

Morris, E and Zuluaga, C 2006, 'Investigating ethical crimes', International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 22-33.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Investigating ethical crimes
Author(s) Morris, E
Zuluaga, C
Year 2006
Journal name International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology
Volume number 2
Issue number 1
Start page 22
End page 33
Total pages 11
Publisher IJEDICT
Abstract To improve final year information technology (IT) undergraduate students' ability to analyse ethical issues, we devised a five-step procedure, based on a standard investigative procedure used at crime scenes. The appeal to our students lies in associating the investigation of an ethical issue with the investigation of a crime, as portrayed in popular television crime shows that add modern forensic science to traditional 'whodunnit' mysteries. We evaluated the success of our ethical 'crime' investigation procedure by comparison with previous student cohorts given the same issues to analyse. To leverage the strengths of our new approach, we scripted an ethical crime scenario for video production. The video depicts events surrounding a petty theft in a busy open plan office. Students investigate first the crime, then the underlying ethical issues. To help online students learn to investigate ethical issues, we used our previously reported object oriented learning methodology (OOL) to design a class of learning objects, or learning object class (LOC). Class Investigator uses our ethical crime investigation procedure and example video. This LOC facilitates dynamic instantiation of an individualised learning object (LO) for, or by, a student during a lesson. This enables a LO lesson to be not only more highly interactive but also far less predetermined in its sequence of activities for each student.
Subject Computer-Human Interaction
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