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Ethics Competencies for Instructors in Professional Disciplines

such as Engineering, Architecture,
Accounting, Statistics, Business, Management,
Marketing, Finance, Insurance & Risk
Management, Statistics, the Social Sciences

and others.


What ethics competencies can my students learn by using Noggin’s Brain Processes Map,
and its Introduction to Speaking Ethics Fluently,
a 3 to 5 hour set of online videos and exercises?

Pardon our progress!

Some of the content that exists on this page is still in development.

By using Noggin, students should be able to:

Speak an ethics language based on a research derived brain processes map
Why it is important and how to confidently speak an easily learned and remembered ethics language with concepts and terminology based on Noggin’s brain processes map, and use the language in classroom discussions and assignments 

Define what ethics is
Understand and employ the idea that a central function of ethics is to guide behavior so that people can live together in complex societies and pursue their individual and common purposes

Recognize that Ethics Is a Dynamic Process that Allows for Disagreement
Ethics processes and criteria can include different specific content which yields different and even conflicting ethics judgments, as individuals and cultures determine how best to live together.  Dialogue and Empathy Are Essential

Identify Ethics Issues and Explain Why an issue is an Ethics Issue
Identify ethics issues in the subject matter they work with, the activities of research and publication, and the staffing and management of the lab or classroom.  And understand and be able to explain to others why these issues are ethics issues, and by which processes and criteria they can be resolved.  Identify ethics issues by using the Viral News test, gut judgment pattern/emotion triggers, the list of ethics tests, and the advice or examples from crowd engagement as guides when scanning for issues as well as for criteria for resolving them.


Understand Ethics Processes & Criteria

Understand not just what actions are ethical, but also how—the processes, and why—the criteria, for making ethics judgments

Understand and Practice Skills for more effective Ethics Judgment Processes

Trust my Gut 

Process—quick/automatic, preconscious

Criteria—pattern/emotion triggers

Skills—recognize I made one, identify pattern/emotion trigger, verify (widen or switch pattern or emotion) 

Use my Head

Process—slow/deliberate, conscious

Criteria—ethics tests

Skills— when to use, name test, show why valid, apply, compare, recognize strengths/weaknesses  


Apply Viral News test, Religion tests—Christian & Buddhist

Use my Head continued
Apply Everybody test, Choices test, Best Outcomes test 

Use my Head continued

Apply Rights test, Justice test, Character/Virtue test, Common Good test

Engage the Crowd

Process—imitate, either preconscious or conscious, or discuss

Criteria—crowd characteristics

Skills—recognize, when to use, distinguish crowd I choose from crowd around me 


Be aware of Reaction

Process—quick/automatic preconscious, when criticized or threatened

Criteria—whatever works

Skills—recognize, i.d. trigger, verify justifications, don’t trigger in others 

Promote Inclusivity by Resolving Disagreements

Understand and practice resolving ethics disagreements by listening, to identify how and why I and others made conflicting judgments and decided how to act

Be Motivated by Understanding the Ethical Basis for Ethics Code Provisions 
Use ethics criteria of pattern/emotion triggers, ethics tests, and the Crowd’s advice & example to be motivated by the ethical basis for the profession’s Ethics Code provisions in addition to compliance reasons

Check Extraneous Influences and Strengths & Weaknesses of Each Judgment Process

Checking for extraneous influences on my judgment and consider each judgment process’s strengths and weaknesses

Decide how to act and Overcome Barriers to Acting Ethically

Understand and practice the processes of Checking my Narrative and Choosing Tactics when deciding to Act ethically

Confirm or Revise Ethics Processes and Criteria
Understand and practice Looking Back at results after acting, to confirm or adjust my processes and criteria for acting ethically in similar future situations


Identify most useful ethics processes and criteria for my Profession
Identify the pattern/emotion triggers, the ethics tests, and the virtues of my crowd and the processes for applying them that are most helpful in the STEM activities of my work or profession to have them ready to use



Brief video and text modules that certify individuals as ethics proficient


Training for lab directors and instructors to introduce them to Noggin's features


Annual continuing education on concepts and cases to maintain certification


Web-based/print checklist of terminology, processes, skills, and judgement and action criteria for handy reference


Poster and Power Point of My Brain on Ethics Processes Map


Speaker available for department, college, or university level introduction to Noggin

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