Teaching Digital Fluency and Computer Responsibility

Peter Madsen


Digital Fluency is the title of a project that has recently revised Carnegie Mellon University’s Computer Skills Workshop to integrate computer ethics topics with those dealing with competent computer use. The overall goal of the project is to make students aware of their responsibilities as citizens of our campus and of the wider information society beyond. This year the ethics module treated the problems of P2P file sharing and Internet plagiarism. In this plenary session there will be a report on the planning, design and development phases of the project, a demonstration of the online materials used in the ethics module including two web-based guided inquiries, and a discussion of its hybrid delivery system.