Program & Resources: Teaching Ethics

The Northern Plains Ethics Institute at North Dakota State University takes very seriously its mission of promoting democratic participation in social and ethical issues affecting the Red River Valley region and beyond. 

One way that we try to fulfill our mission is by providing outreach to educators and others who want to incorporate more critical reasoning and ethics into their teaching.  First, we have created a website that addresses a large variety of ethical issues.  Each issue page is devoted to resources, such as institutes, professional research, and cases studies, which people can access online.

Second, we make the offer to work with educators to craft critical reasoning and ethics learning modules that are designed to fit their needs.  The PowerPoint presentation that can be accessed on this page can be used as a template for creating a personalized instruction plan.  All we need to do is to consult with the interested educator, and we can build that information into a custom-fit presentation. 

Third, we strive to promote civic engagement.  The increased number of ethics courses and classes that incorporate an ethics component has created a higher demand for case-studies students can use to hone their ethical decision-making processes.  Although not required, we encourage educators to have their students create case studies to be added to the NPEI’s database.  Not only is this a hands-on experience for student authors, which helps them learn concepts by using them, it provides an opportunity for others from around the world to be able to use the student authors’ case studies in their instruction or for their education. 

If you are interested in more information about the NPEI’s outreach services, then please contact Dennis.Cooley@ndsu.edu or at 1-701-231-7038.
A North Dakota Humanities Council grant has provided partial funding for the NPEI’s ethics outreach.

Teaching Ethics is a website dedicated to promoting a free exchange of ideas among secondary school educators. It was set up and is maintained by Anthony Tiatorio. The basic postings on Teaching Ethics are two Ethics Workbooks for students in grades 7 through 12. These workbooks present ways to embed ethics instruction into standard world and American history programs. They are offered as a modest first step toward building a database in this area. The workbooks, and the accompanying teacher’s guides, may be printed and duplicated by individual teachers for use with their classes.

Resources for Research Ethics Education website associated with the reaserch ethics program at the University of California, San Diego aims  to promote best practices and evidence-based research ethics education. The purpose of the website is to provide resources and tools for teachers of research ethics. The website provides a range of resources for teachers of ethics.

Philosophy, Ethics, and Religion webpage of the Library of Congress offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library's vast digital collections in their teaching.

The Squire Family Foundation, is a non-profit organization that believes,  all students in American elementary and secondary schools should have an opportunity to study philosophy in order to develop their ability to understand and evaluate their own beliefs and values, as well as those of others, so that they can become open-minded, respectful, thoughtful adults and responsible citizens.  The website provides resources for teachers and students.

Religion and Ethics Newsweekly's lesson plans introduce students to today’s most important religious and moral issues. Using selected stories, online video, and other resources from the R&E Web site, these lessons address a broad range of current events from bioethics and the role of faith in politics to Islam and terrorism.

USC Levan Institute Ethics Resource Center provides a range of resources that focuses primarily on how ethics can be brought into the classroom effectively. The resource provides suggestions for formulating various types of ethics-focused assignments, as well as on how to help students develop good habits of ethical awareness, deliberation, and action, and how to assist them in overcoming the obstacles that stand in the way. Also included in this section are links to general teaching resources from the USC Center for Excellence in Teaching.

Teaching Tips Index developed by the University of Hawai'i provides a broad range of resources that is very useful for teachers.

Institute for Global Ethics (IGE) is an independent, nonsectarian, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting ethical action in a global context. The institute aims to explore the global common ground of values, elevate awareness of ethics, provide practical tools for making ethical decisions, and encourage moral actions based on those decisions.

Online Courses aggregates the best free and open courseware for students and professionals, all in a conveniently searchable online courseware platform. Unlike any other platform, this site allows anyone interested in these courses to create their own course list and track their progress. The site provides students with access to free, high-quality, college-level classes, across many subjects giving them the opportunity to explore different areas of study to supplement their education.    

Articles on Teaching Ethics

This web resource is funded in part by the North Dakota Humanities Council, a nonprofit, independant state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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