Ethics and Social Responsibility in Technology – EDUC 737

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course provides a critical review of the ethics and social responsibility behind the integration of technology into learning systems. Course material will reflect on the nature of technology and how it impacts both the individual and society within learning environments. Students will also analyze the effect of technology on culture through a biblical worldview.




Instructional designers and educators face an increased demand for technology-embedded curriculum and practices, which have both intended and unintended consequences on the learning environment. Individuals who design instruction must know how to critically analyze and assess technology in an ethical and socially responsible manner.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the candidate will be able to:

    1. Examine the role of ethics and social responsibility in technology integration within a system.
    2. Assess the internal and external impact of technology in decision making.
    3. Determine when and how to implement technology within cultures and society.
    4. Evaluate ethically if technology innovation is social progress.
    5. Integrate a biblical worldview when assessing and implementing technology through instructional design.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the candidate will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (6)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge with a minimum of 2 citations and 1 Scripture reference in current APA format. In addition to the thread, the candidate is required to reply to at least 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 250 words with a minimum of 1 citation in current APA format. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E)

Article Reviews (3)

Based upon the assigned course readings, the candidate will use what he/she has learned to evaluate published articles on technology with ethical and social responsibility implications. The candidate must show his/her understanding of technology and its effects on individuals and/or society. These assignments must each include a title page, have 400–500 words, and adhere to current APA format. The title page is NOT included in the word limit. (MLO: A, B, D)

Case Studies (3)

The candidate will complete 3 different case studies during the course on 3 separate technologies of his/her choosing. For each case study, the candidate will select a technology he or she is familiar with and can provide both contextual and applicable information. The review of literature and news stories, and/or conduction of interviews, is required. The purpose of each case study is to help the candidate engage with specific technology and research its ethical impact on society and implications of social responsibility. Each paper must be 2–3-pages (not including Title Page or References page) and must include at least 2 scholarly resources in addition to the course textbooks. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E)

Technology Worldview Paper

The candidate will articulate a technology worldview in a paper of 12 pages (excluding title, abstract, and reference pages), noting specifics about his or her beliefs in the area of technology. Relevant issues will include an ethical framework, social responsibility, biblical worldview, philosophy of education, and professional application. The paper must include at least 6 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E)

Op-Ed Assignment

The candidate will write a clear, concise, and edited 750–1200-word Opposite the Editorial column, or a newspaper opinion piece, for publication. The op-ed must address a relevant topic that centers around ethics and social responsibility in technology. The written assignment must be supported by evidence through course materials and/or outside research. (MLO: A, B, C, D)