Social and ethical dimensions of computer-mediated education.

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This paper addresses social and ethical issues in computer-mediated education, with a focus on higher education. It will be argued if computer-mediated education is to be implemented in a socially and ethically sound way, four major social and ethical issues much be confronted. These are: (1) the issue of value transfer in higher education: can social, cultural and academic values be successfully transmitted in computer-mediated education? (2) the issue of academic freedom: are computer-mediated educational settings conducive for academic freedom or do they threaten to undermine it? (3) the issue of equality and diversity: does a reliance on computer networks in higher education foster equality and equity for students and does it promote diversity, or does it disadvantage certain social classes and force conformity? (4) the issue of ethical student and staff behaviour: What kinds of unethical behaviour by students and staff are made possible in computer-mediated education, and what can be done against it? Existing studies relating to these four issues are examined and some tentative policy conclusions are drawn.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)91-102
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of information, communication and ethics in society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • academic values
  • social equality
  • METIS-234572
  • Academic freedom
  • IR-58911
  • Distance education
  • Ethics

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