Digital Ethics Audit

K.Park/ November 26, 2020/ 0 comments

Overview

My community project this quarter involved an ethics interview with someone I know. In order to prepare for the interview, I needed to first identify what values I felt were the most important and then develop questions that addressed those values, but also fit into the ISTE Standards for Coaches.

I selected three values: Integrity, Equity, and Care and you can read more about why I believe those are important values in my Digital Learning Mission Statement, then developed 9 questions that I could divide across the four standards for being a Digital Citizen Advocate.

Questions

Below are the questions I developed and asked during my interview:

  1. How does your office help instructors create spaces for students to engage with each other when they have different values or beliefs and do the staff, teachers, and administrators model that behavior?
  2. Within a pedagogy of care, how does your team work to demonstrate care for instructors?
  3. Are enough resources provided to help people who may be unfamiliar with the community, to become part of the community?
  4. Is training being offered to help instructors and staff on strategies they can use to show care through course design, when it comes to healthy use of technology?
  5. How are your individual biases addressed in course design and development (e.g. choosing resources)?
  6. When working through a consultation with instructors to develop a course, what are the key questions or areas an instructional designer should be thinking about in regard to purpose and bias?
  7. When looking at data and making decisions, have the decision makers documented & communicated the how and why a tool was selected?
  8. With regards to teaching and learning technology, is it easy for students to understand and know how your institution works to protect their data?
  9. With the use of Artificial Intelligence and/or Machine Learning, what steps have been done to mitigate the potential harm these tools could have?  E.G. documenting exactly what a tool can and can’t do or how individuals should use the tool to inform their decisions.

Summary

I really enjoyed this type of interview because it allowed me to reflect on areas of technology that I care about and talk to someone who has also thought a lot about these topics too. Rather than sharing their specific answers though, I’ll write a more general summary of the interview, since this is being shared publicly.

From this interview, I would say that that the person’s team is very thoughtful and has done a lot of work in those specific areas.  Part of this progress is due to the religious perspective that creates a baseline foundation for the team to work from and the other part is due to the thoughtful leadership and and intentional decision making to bring varying perspectives together when meeting. 

There are many ways in which the interviewee’s team demonstrates the values of integrity, equity, and care for the community they serve, from how they design the job descriptions and talk about the work they do, to the policies and practices they have in place, and the relationships they have developed with other departments that they interact with.

There were some challenges due to the way their team is able to operate and some institution policies that limit what they could speak to at times, but that didn’t seem to keep them from being open and creative on how they entered into conversations with instructors about the development of courses or other aspects of their department work.

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