Code of Professional Ethics in Educational Technology

Wow – this was a module which really made me realize that I have so much to learn.  This module had us reading about and learning from the AECT Code of Professional Ethics to further our understanding of just how important professional ethics are.  To be honest, when I started  I rather over confidently thought that I knew what it would mean.  I was very wrong.  Being wrong is good though – I am always harping on at my pupils that making mistakes is learning.

The role of professional ethics is both different and more important that I thought – not just because it provides a framework  but because it helps to define our profession.  Not something that I had really given any thought to at all.  I had to read the chapter a few times to figure out what I wanted to get from it. The historical aspect of the development of AECT and the code was interesting and relevant in terms of context .  However, I engaged more as the chapter moved on to talk about current thinking and the future.  The rapid changes in society are mirrored by the changes in technology. They are linked in so many ways.  For a profession to remain relevant and consistent, codes and guidelines are important. They have to be living and changing guidelines in order to respond to changes we cannot foresee.

I believed that ethics was all about doing the ‘right’ thing, which to a certain extent it is. What I have learned is that there are so many complex layers to this topic – there is no simple discussion to be had.  The distinction made between ethics and professional ethics has made me reflect on how as an educator I can use the AECT guidelines to not only troubleshoot in my school but help to define both myself as a professional and my role in educational technology. I think that reading guidelines and making an attempt to adopt and reflect on them as part of my practice will make me a better person and contribute to the greater professional identity of Educational Technology.

I am glad we tackled this module. It made me think, made me wrong, I had to struggle. I have not written a ‘proper’ paper in many years. I’m going to bed happy though.

Here is a link to my paper, I hope it all makes sense.


3 thoughts on “Code of Professional Ethics in Educational Technology

  1. Andrew, I enjoyed reading our paper. I have a very similar scenario going on at my school! I have always come from the mind set that sharing learning and creating with fellow teachers is part of teaching. It sounds as though this particular teacher is being a bit too competitive and that’s not what teaching is all about. By excluding the approach from other teachers, he is also denying the students that don’t have him the opportunity to learn.


  2. I hate to sound redundant, but we were having a similar problem at our school. It was fixed once the district went to PLTs. Teachers had time to collaborate with other teachers. We found a lot of that behavior stemmed from not having the time to talk to one another and sort through new ideas.


  3. Thanks for your topic Andrew. I am not a teacher, nor work in K-12 so I’m curious — what are the main motivations for these teachers to keep their technology knowledge isolated? It is competition or lack of interest in training others or time (or some combo)? Is this individual purposefully being difficult or are they not aware of their actions? If the teacher feels strapped for time, being on a committee to train others regarding technology may not be a workable solution. I do like you provided 3 different solutions. It seems that having a conversation with the teacher about WHY they do what they do could be extremely valuable.


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