Everything you Want to Know and Never Dared to ask: A Practical Approach to Employing Challenge-Based Learning in Engineering Ethics

C. Herzog*, S. Breyer, N. A. Leinweber, R. Preiß, A. Sonar, G. Bombaerts

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Challenge-based learning (CBL) for engineering ethics tasks students with identifying ethical challenges in cooperation with an external partner, e.g., a technology company. As many best-practice parameters of such courses remain unclear, this contribution focuses on a teacher-centric introduction into deploying CBL for engineering ethics. Taking Goodlad's curriculum typology as a point of departure, we discuss practical issues in devising, maintaining and evaluating CBL courses for engineering ethics both in terms of the temporal dimension (before, during and after the course) as well as in terms of the people involved. We will discuss selecting learning objectives, forms of knowledge acquisition, supporting self-organization, and fostering discursive etiquette, as well as cooperative, yet critical attitudes. Additionally, we will delve into strategic matters, e.g., ways to approach potential external partners and maintain fruitful cooperations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSEFI Annual Conference
Publication date2022
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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