Teaching Ethics 19 (2):113-127 (2019)

Sahar Ahadi
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Michael D. Baumtrog
Ryerson University
This study compares two uniquely developed tools for engaging undergraduate business ethics students in case discussions: paper-based cases and interactive digital games. The cases we developed address borderline instances of sexual harassment and racism in the workplace and were used to facilitate students’ affective appreciation of the content of course lectures and readings. The purpose of the study was to assess the relative effectiveness of these two tools as teaching aids in increasing affective learning. Pre- and post-test surveys thus focused on affective learning outcomes. These included change in student perceptions of the importance of the topics, feelings of agency, perceptions of improved self-reliance, and confidence. Results showed that digital cases are at least as effective as static cases in terms of their affective learning efficacy, and that digital serious games spur students to reflect on themselves and others more effectively than static cases.
Keywords Applied Philosophy  Business and Professional Ethics  Teaching Philosophy
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DOI 10.5840/tej20209876
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