Faculty Advisor

Billiar, Kristen

Faculty Advisor

Pfeifer, Geoffrey


Engineering educators face challenges in teaching ethics, such as a lack of training in ethics instruction and finding time for ethics. The aim of this project was to develop a sustainable blended online method for instructing students in how to navigate ethical situations and to compare this method with in-class lectures from trained faculty. The blended method was composed of an online module comprised of a video series featuring trained ethics instructors and an in-class discussion led by the regular professor. Through paired t-testing, the blended approach was found to be as effective as the joint-venture method. With a more widespread approach this method could be used for more than an introduction to ethics, with modules designed to cover ethical issues to a greater extent.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2016

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Biomedical Engineering

Advisor Department

Undergraduate Studies