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Research ethics of e-learning

The ethics of research into digital technologies and digital networks

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Rebecca Ferguson
13 September 2009

Digital technologies and digital networks are creating more and more places and modes that people can inhabit, where communities can form, where ideas, images and information can be produced, stored, shared, transmitted and consumed.

There are ethical dimensions to researching these various pedagogies and technologies.  Ethics are significant and problematic in this field because of the potential gulf or lag between formal institutional and legal expectations and procedures on the one hand and evolving research practice on the other. Ethics are also important to researchers in this field because of the need to align their methods to the ethical expectations of the communities with whom they work.

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