Ethics and Design: Rethinking Professional Ethics as Part of the Design Domain

  • Stephanie MooreEmail author
Part of the Educational Communications and Technology: Issues and Innovations book series (ECTII)


Ethics have traditionally, although not solely, been discussed in terms of professional standards and codes of conducts. While these codes and standards remain essential, the purpose of this piece is to attempt an expansion of the way ethics are conceived by drawing out the relationship between ethics and design. Analyses of technology that emphasize its relationships to other parts of social systems demonstrate how a systems view can enhance our own conception of ethics as well as design, especially when these two ideas intersect in the space of social responsibility of a profession. In this piece, a review of some key pieces and concepts from outside the field of instructional design are used to highlight how other technology and design-oriented fields are exploring these ideas, and examples in educational technology are used to illustrate how these ideas are consistent with analysis of technology in the specific context of educational systems.


Ethics Professional standards Code of conduct Social responsibility Design ethics Design domain Instructional design 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA

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