Code of Professional Ethics in Educational Technology

One of the most remarkable ideas uncovered in this week’s assignments seemed to be the driving force behind the creation and interpreting of the Code of Professional Ethics in Educational Technology.  Rather than simply judging a decision right or wrong based on a strict set of rules, professional ethics must also guide the purpose and decision making of professionals within a group.  Professional ethical practice guarantees that individuals meet their obligations to the individual, society, and the profession itself.  Perhaps to underline this importance, ethical practice is included within the very definition of educational technology within the AECT (Januszewski, Molenda, Yeaman, Eastmond, & Napper, 2008, p. 283).

The education of the AECT members and their ever changing professional needs require the study, collaboration, and analyze on ethical dilemmas within scenarios based on real life experiences.  As technology and education changes, more problems will arise that will challenge the AECT Code at its current state.  Individuals must be self-reflective and flexible in their thinking as they continue to truthfully answer the question, “How are we to be ethical professionals?” (Januszewski et al., 2008, p. 318).  Striving to operate under this driving force and driving question develops better professionals that guard the integrity of their profession.

To view my longer and detailed response to the Code of Professional Ethics in Educational Technology, please view my shared Google Document:  “Putting Student Fights on Facebook”  In this document, I also share an ethical dilemma within a scenario based on my own real life experiences.


Januszewski, A., Molenda, M., Yeaman, A. R., Eastmond, Jr., J. N., & Napper, V. S. (2008). Educational Technology: A Definition with Commentary. New York, New York: Routledge.


One thought on “Code of Professional Ethics in Educational Technology

  1. Tyler, I just read your ethics paper and found it interesting and relevant. The issues of social media seem to provide some of the most conflicted challenges to teaching professionals. Speech rights, district and school guidelines and restrictions, parental involvement, the list goes on. It seems that social media has been responsible for more teacher firings than actual teaching violations lately. What to do?

    When I was in the MAT program three years ago,social media and the danger it presented was a major topic of discussion. We had seminars on what was and wasn’t appropriate, how it can affect hiring and employment, as well as some anecdotal examples. I was too old and out of the social media loop to be overly concerned but many younger teacher candidates were very concerned.

    Now that I am teaching in a small town where everybody knows everybody and teachers went to school with their students parents, social media has an exceptionally strong influence. I have seen changes in policy because of social media. Not social media policy, but actual school policy. Someone posts on Facebook and soon has comments from half the town and changes are made because of parent phone calls.

    Anyway, I found your essay spot on.


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