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Hallelujah! using topical examples to Illustrate ethical and business Issues for engineers.

McEwan, Tom; Cairncross, Sandra


Sandra Cairncross


Technically-oriented undergraduate students are often reluctant to engage with “Legal, Social, Ethical and Professional Issues”. In particular many learners appear to have an increasingly cavalier attitude to intellectual property in digital media. Meanwhile local employers complain of graduates’ “unworldliness”.
This case study describes the creation of a reusable learning object that uses topicality to make these issues seem more relevant to first year undergraduates in a School of Computing. Based on first delivery we identify principles for the design and maintenance of topical RLOs. One unexpected issue is how quickly topicality wanes and we identify that learners themselves are the best placed to identify future topical examples.

Start Date Oct 27, 2010
End Date Oct 30, 2010
Publication Date 2010
Deposit Date Feb 4, 2011
Publicly Available Date Feb 4, 2011
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages S3E-1
Book Title Proceedings of FIE 2010
ISBN 978-1-4244-6262-9
Keywords Topicality; reusable learning objects; ethics; professional issues;
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Contract Date Feb 4, 2011


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