The Philosophy Department is well known for its innovative development and use of computer teachonology in education and research, including educational media and technology in Ethics Education developed under the auspices of the Center for the Advancement of Applied Ethics.
The investment required in novel educational technology applications begs
for justification by some demonstration of its educational efficacy. Accordingly, our research agenda also involves reviewing the literature on evaluating ethics education and moral learning, defining the performance objectives of our educational media and courses, and devising assessment instruments in order to determine whether students' performance outcomes match the objectives.
Cavalier and Covey have been principal investigators on a number of interactive media projects, including A Right to Die? The Dax Cowart Case (Routledge, 1996) and The Issue of Abortion in America (Routledge, 1998). Martha Harty has been a principal investigator in two CD-ROMs on Conflict Resolution and Peter Madsen has been a principal developer of an online course in Professional Ethics.
A unique Graduate Track in Applied Ethics and Multimedia recognizes the emerging importance of new media in addressing traditional concerns in moral philosophy. The track provides students with the opportunity to combine the study of applied ethics with the exploration of issues in multimedia authoring.