Ethics Game is intended to teach critical thinking in ethically challenging situations. There’s an inventory quiz to figure out what your natural tendencies are and then some scenarios to help you define your ethics more closely. There are also some scenarios on critical topics to challenge students to consider a decision from many different sides. In addition, the site offers a semester-long writing class that focuses on ethical issues.
Unfortunately, there was no demo software to look at, and screenshot images were clouded over with NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION watermarks. There was a “Schedule a Demo” link, but that just led to a form to fill out with your the typical name, address, email type of things. Yes, I’m curious, but no, I don’t have time to set that up before the class deadline for this blog entry.
If I might make a marketing suggestion, I can understand why a creator of new content would not want to make everything available for free, a quick demo or a readable sample might do wonders. I, personally, would not trust someone to teach me about ethics until I knew something about their background and worldview. Sure, there’s the “Schedule a Demo” thing, but if I’m doing some hunting for information on potential courseware, I’m more likely to go with someone being less cryptic.
Nevertheless, assuming I signed up for the demo and found the software not disagreeable, the inventory might be an interesting way for students to find out how they judge situations and decide what to do. That could lead to further reflection. The ethics scenarios, depending on what they are, could provide interesting discussion fodder or a lead-in to a project that solves a problem.