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Ethical Behaviour in the E-Classroom

Book Description

This book covers ethical behaviour in the online classroom. Written for distance education students in higher education worldwide, the book serves as a guide for students in the e-classroom in examining ethical theories and behaviour. A number of salient questions are addressed: What is ethical? What does ethical behaviour consists of in an e-classroom? What are violations of ethics in the e-classroom? Students will have the opportunity to review real-life ethical dilemmas in the online classroom, state their positions by engaging in discussion, and reflect on the repercussions of unethical behaviour. The way students define ethical behaviour can impact how they engage with other online learners: students who view and react differently to the world may learn and respond differently. The book also explores opportunities for applied ethics, definitions of a successful online learner, and critical thinking concepts.

  • Presents real-life scenarios to allow the reader to understand the reality of ethical issues online
  • Includes the critical thinking circle, an original design by the author highlighting external and internal factors that influence adult students’ ethical decision-making process
  • Written for the adult student to meet his or her degree goals in the online learning environment

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. Dedication
  6. List of figures
  7. Acknowledgements
  8. About the author
  9. Introduction to ethical behaviour in the e-classroom
    1. Course design
    2. Objectives
    3. Format
  10. Chapter 1: Assessing behaviour
    1. Abstract:
    2. Ethics definition
    3. What does “good behaviour” mean?
    4. Ethics and e-classes
    5. Planning
    6. Carrying out
    7. Evaluating
    8. How does self-directed learning relate to ethics?
    9. Code of ethics
    10. Summary
  11. Chapter 2: Ethical theories and e-learning
    1. Abstract:
    2. Ethical theories
    3. Ethical theories and e-learning
    4. Ethical theories and moral character
    5. Summary
  12. Chapter 3: Processing thoughts: critical thinking
    1. Abstract:
    2. Critical thinking defined
    3. Critical thinking in e-learning
    4. Identifying and challenging assumptions
    5. Critical thinking and posing questions
    6. How do inferences and assumptions factor in critical thinking?
    7. Summary
  13. Chapter 4: Rules of conduct: plagiarism
    1. Abstract:
    2. Plagiarism defined
    3. Plagiarism in e-learning
    4. Citing sources
    5. Summary
  14. Chapter 5: Moral dilemmas online
    1. Abstract:
    2. Moral dilemmas
    3. Self-efficacy
    4. Students’ unpreparedness issues
    5. Online excuses
    6. Summary
  15. Chapter 6: Transformative language: communication in e-learning
    1. Abstract:
    2. Transformative language
    3. Transforming language
    4. Online tone
    5. Ethical dilemmas in communication
    6. Conflict resolution
    7. Personality types
    8. Summary
  16. Chapter 7: Ethics boards: discussion responses
    1. Abstract:
    2. Discussion interaction
    3. Discussion question basic format
    4. Bloom’s cognitive taxonomy
    5. Summary
  17. Chapter 8: Adhering to principles: researching
    1. Abstract:
    2. Research
    3. How to research
    4. How to write
    5. Grammar tips
    6. Written assignments – essays
    7. Reza
    8. Alice
    9. Sherman
    10. Discussion nightmares! What role does technology play? by McBride and Smith (April 2009)
    11. Summary
  18. Chapter 9: Critical thinking
    1. Abstract:
    2. Critical thinking and unethical decisions
    3. Case one
    4. Critical thinking and time management
    5. Critical thinking and discussions
    6. Critical thinking and essay development
    7. Critical thinking and ethics
    8. Internal factors
    9. External factors
    10. Summary
  19. Chapter 10: Ethical expectations: students
    1. Abstract:
    2. Ethical expectations
    3. Learning with a purpose
    4. Commitment to class
    5. Ethical disposition
    6. Motivation
    7. Tips for being a successful online student
    8. Summary
    9. Closing remarks
  20. References
  21. Index