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Ethics – You can teach ethics but you cannot teach someone to be an ethical person, or can you?  This blog post considers ethics education, videosharing and videosharing for ethics education.

A post considering photo sharing from Dan, a fellow student in our summer course, got me pondering the whole idea of ethics and teaching ethics.  Dan’s insights on his blog post were effective in starting the conversation.  I commented on his blog post that one of my thoughts that I share with students on the WHY of plagiarism is the ethic of reciprocity (aka, Golden Rule or treat others the way you would like to be treated).  You can have them consider how they might feel if they put time and effort or creative power into a project and then someone else uses it and claims the recognition for their efforts.  Dan posted a comment in response to reciprocity.  On my first read, Dan’s response to my comment post seemed to me to excuse plagiarism and copyright infringement because students have new conceptions of sharing in the web 2.0 world.   I see upon re-reading and reflection though that he is not excusing but offering an explanation.  We are all learning through collaboration, in this course, and through our respective blogs.  Dan was able to share with me how he believes the youth today might be thinking about these topics, “Plagiarism is like stealing and for kids today, unless there is the physical theft of something (a watch, a purse, a car), it is not really seen as theft. Downloading a movie or ripping off a picture is simply called downloading or “sharing” and seen as acceptable.”  Dan also introduced me to a new term torrents and I am now aware that there exists this whole cyber world of torrents which was unknown to me before our blog conversation.  There is even a whole new terminology that goes along with torrents and Dan defined torrents and the lingo for me in his reply comments, “The Golden Rule, a tried and true classic. I think, Heather, that students would say they don’t mind another person taking their work. It is the collaborative mentality of young people (for the most part). It is almost this quid pro quo attitude of if I rip something off of someone else, they can rip it off of me.  This language is used in the world of torrents as well. For those of you who may not be aware, torrents are information files that link a torrent downloader to files on a variety of different computers so that someone can download it. It is a peer-to-peer file transfer program. When someone has the whole file available for download to everybody else, they are called a seeder. When someone does not have the full file and is simply downloading it, they are called a leecher. The terminology shows how those that are sharing are seen in a much better light than those that are not.”  

“It’s completely legal to create technical solutions. The reason people get dragged into legal proceedings is that they break copyright laws, which I have never done.”  Bram Cohen

From the article, The BitTorrent guru keeps it legal: Avoids brushes with the law 

This is not a new area in cyberspace but P2P protocals and file downloading torrents are a whole new area for me that I have been oblivious about. I am sure as I progress further into considering other web 2.0 topics, I will keep discovering new items to consider and new reasons to remain engaged in my technological development.  At times like these, I am not just engaged but I am aslo surprised at the fountain of knowledge that lies at our disposal online and about all that is web 2.0.  If torrent, P2P (peer-to-peer), leecher, and seeder are new terms for you to0, consider checking out a few of the sites that I used to learn more about this ‘new to me’ world.  Mininova is the largest torrent search engine on the net and the faq page for the site provides definitions about torrents and related terminology, http://www.mininova.org/faq.  They also touch on the legality of downloading torrent files and although they do not host copyrighted data they do have tips on removing torrents from their site if copyright holders prefer to not have their metadata files on their site.  Wikipedia fully explains bitTorrent, protocol for P2P file sharing.

Back to the topic of teaching ethics to our students, I believe we have a responsibility to teach ethics to our student and it does not hurt to discuss the ethics of reciprocity, aka “The Golden Rule.” When our office finalizes our curriculum and lesson plans at the end of this summer, ethics is an area will be addressing and we have already begun a dialogue on considering adding an ‘ethics case study’ into our Business Cooperative Education (co-op) seminars and workshops that we will teach in the fall. 

Since this blog assignment requires me to consider the ins and outs for video sharing and the implications for using video in our educational setting, I have decided to see how we might use videos to have our co-op students learn about ethics in business.  I started searching for YouTube videos that might suit our purpose and had no difficulty in finding some fine footage to consider.  Then I thought that I would just learn how to put videos on my blog but of course, it crossed my mind that “hey, these aren’t my creative work, let’s see what I need to consider before putting them on my blog.”  Wow, what a lot to consider!   I found a pertinent article by Jonathan Bailey from The Blog HeraldCopyright Risks in Embedding YouTube Clips.  Bailey notes  that the read/write web (aka web 2.0, visit Will Richarson’s video tab on his website, and check out his video’s on defining read/write web and learn why he prefers this terminology over web 2.0) brings about new challenges to copyright infringement and issues of fair use.  The article gives a list of precautions and some insights and suggests that “Even though the odds of actually being sued or threatened with a suit for embedding a YouTube clip are slim, it is still worthwhile to take a few simple precautions to make certain you don’t have problems down the road: 1. Don’t embed clearly infringing material, 2. Embed from official channels, 3. Stick to popular amateur clips, 4. Say something about it, 5. When in doubt, link don’t embed.” 

I did find several videos from YouTube, www.youtube.com, that I am comfortable sharing here.  I am confident that they can be used as platforms for starting inspiring and educational discussions and can be used as conversation starters in our introductory seminars and workshops for students who are newly admitted into our Cooperative Education Program.  This Business Ethics video presents ethical dilemma’s that could occur in business. The YouTube description is that “This is a business ethics video Elizabethtown College SIFE created to teach high schoolers about business ethics in the workplace. It is a great tool for educators helping them provoke discuss about business ethics.”  As of today, the video has had almost 26,000 views and has been favorited 91 times (one of these is from me).  I was able to insert it by using the add video tool in the WordPress editor. The editor allows for users to either upload a video, if you have a saved video, or you can insert the URL of your chosen video if it is online.  The upload feature has the capability to upload these file types : jpg, jpeg, png, gif, pdf, doc, ppt, odt, pptx, docx.

An excellent and thought provoking video that can be used to begin discussions on career planning and the changing future is the Video Did You Know?  A version of this video is listed as one of the top 100 on TeacherTube.  I embedded it into my blog below, earlier today using my new video sharing account from VodPod.  It is simple to use VodPod and there are multiple ways to use it on WordPress, including a widget sidebar which I will be playing with and the ability to embed directly to my blog which I did to get the Did You Know? video sent to my blog.  I find VodPod is a great place to save my favorite videos. I also now have a YouTube account which I was able to sign up for through my Google account.  Again, Google found another way to integrate web 2.0 tools with each other and I am sure it is beneficial for all my classmates who chose to blog using Google’s Blogger.   The YouTube account enables one to upload, bookmark, and share videos and also has a subscription feature so that you can subscribe to see when new videos are uploaded from your favourite contributors.

Here are a couple of additional links to other ethic’s related YouTube’s:

The owner of this video, “The Case of Mistaken Integrity” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VH2if8844Jg, has requested that embedding be disabled but you can view by following the youtube link.  It was “The second-place winning video, The Case of Mistaken Integrity tracks down possible suspects in violation of the KPMG integrity policies. See what interns really think about KPMG’s commitment to professionalism and integrity in the “Integrity at KPMG” intern video contest.”  I think this video contest is a great way to engage students in considering ethics.

Code of ethics, underlying philosophy, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5LnPFeuuFQ&feature=related  is another video exploring ethics.  This video covers the topic of a code of ethics for business conduct and touches upon notions of right and wrong.

Here is a video from a series on the importance of considering ethics for accountants? This video from expertvillage,  is located on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-SpuAXSbEg.  The video descriptor states, “Ethics are important in accounting to maintain the level of trust with companies and independence to perform necessary auditing functions. Understand how the accountants ethics are regulated by the AICPA with tips from a certified public account in this free video on accounting.” 

It may be open for debate whether we can teach someone ethical behaviour but it is certain that we can teach ethics and focus on topics of ethical behavior and then the behavior is in the hands of the individual.  For the full thread of the discussion that started this blog’s considerations you can visit Dan’s post and comments: http://mrcoles.wordpress.com/2009/07/09/photo-sharing-the-captured-world-the-plagiarized-world/  the conversation continues and valid posts that enrich this discussion have been added by our Professor Jenn, and Ruth another classmate.  Feel free to comment on my blog or to add to our discussion on Dan’s blog – we’re all here to learn and share!

Stand up and take notice – in the news a story is unfolding about infringement of copyright laws:

Woman Fined $1.9 Million for Downloading 24 Songs What do you think of the judgment?  Do you believe copyright infringement should be illegal?  Is “sharing” ethical?  What are the rules that we as students and teachers need to consider and are these rules accessible’; are they easy to understand? Where do you go to find out if you are allowed to use content from others on your blogs and how do you determine how to go about appropriately recognizing other people’s work?

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Had I completed the first assigned readings from Will Richardson’s text, Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms( 2nd Edition) before I plunged into exploring existing blogs online while I was only through the introduction, epilogue and first chapter instead of through the assigned chapters 1-3, I likely would have started my very first blog from www.Blogger.com, a Google owned web publishing tool. After all, I already have a Google sign in and password from a previous job where we used Google Analytics and because now that I am finished the assigned class readings, I find that Blogger is highly recommended as a great place to start blogging by Richardson and he even goes so far as to use it as a primary example for his “blogging step-by-step” section (p. 48), so it seems easiest to begin with Blogger instead of any other publisher. Richardson shares that although there is not yet a “perfect edublogging program” (yes, his lingo – edublogging, take it to mean blog publishing tool specifically intended for educators/education/educating…) it is nonetheless easy to start a blog and I do agree that Blogger is quite accessible with many appropriate add-ons (tie-ins???, widgets or whatever the correct Web 2.0 lingo is – I am just beginning to form my working two point OH vocabulary).   However, I found in looking at existing Blogger weblogs that although the sites have the capacity for great content, and appear to have many useful and easy to get add-ons, the beginner blogs just are not as aesthetically pleasing, at first glance; the templates just do not seem as visually pleasing as beginner www.Wordpress.com blogs, which is my chosen beginner blog publishing tool.

My initial leap towards WordPress over Blogger was firmed up when I logged into our eClass (WebCT) and compared a couple of eager classmates early posted blogs, one stood out as decisively better looking and it was created using WordPress. Of course, it is not necessarily based on sound judgement to select a blog by its early and beginning cover and I may change my mind once I progress and play with both blogging publishers throughout the course and learn how to move away from just utilizing the provided templates. I have signed up and begun a Blogger blog too but will keep it private and just play in the background when/if I have time along the course and I hope to compare and contrast some of the add-ons/widgets as I consider the upcoming Web 2.0 applications. Perhaps when I am savvier and can customize my blog to a greater extent than I currently am able, I will change my mind. Or perhaps, the ability to choose add-ons will enhance my content enough to accept the less visually appealing (in my opinion) templates.

As I progress through this journey of considering Web 2.0 for teaching and learning I plan to see what others in my field are doing to utilize these ever evolving tools. I have learned how to add links to my side tool bar and will update with links and blogs that are relevant for my role as an adult educator, co-op coordinator and career services facilitator, in hopes that I can improve upon my practice to support our student’s growth and development.

Setting up this blog and getting through the readings has kept me busy but I have found the time to begin seeking out best practices and plan to use the most promising finds in my future blogs on considering Web 2.0 for teaching and learning. Here is my upcoming blogging considerations schedule – check back to see how my considerations progress (the listed dates are the deadline dates for our posts but I anticipate always remaining ahead of schedule because my classmates and I have an 8:00 am deadline on the due date for our related blog posts and well, I like to sleep before making my way to the office by 8:00, lol)

Introductory blog: July 7 (just to get started–here we must post an introduction to ourself and our blog – and that is what I have now accomplished)

Blog topic #1 (Photosharing): July 9

Blog topic #2 (Videosharing): July 13

Blog topic #3 (Social bookmarking): July 16

Blog topic #4 (Podcasting): July 20

Blog topic #5 (Virtual Libraries): July 23

Blog topic #6 (Wikis): July 27

Blog topic #7 (Multimedia Sharing Sites): July 30

Blog topic #8 Social Networking): August 3

Blog topic #9 (Twitter): August 6

Blog topic #10 (Blogs, Blogging for PD, RSS)

Hope to see you again soon and thanks for taking the time to visit me – feel free to comment below. ~:)

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