Using a multi-user virtual environment to research approaches to ethical dilemmas

Andrew Cram*, Geoffrey Dick, Maree Gosper, John Hedberg

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    Abstract

    Resolving ethical dilemmas is difficult because people must select a response from a range of unacceptable options. Ethical position theory states that people will select a response that is consistent with their perspectives on idealism and relativism. Ethical dilemmas are usually presented to learners and research participants in the form of written scenarios or vignettes. This approach has some limitations, including abstraction of the situation and written rather than enacted responses. Multi-user virtual environments (MUVEs) present opportunities for contextualisation and action that may be applied to the simulation of ethical dilemmas. A theoretical framework based on activity theory and ecological psychology will be used to develop and refine a MUVE simulation of a morally toned situation. This paper outlines an ongoing research study that focuses on understanding (a) the possibilities and constraints of the technology in relation to the simulation of ethical issues; and (b) the extent to which the simulation can be used to assess the alignment between participants' ethical perspectives and their behaviour.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication15th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2009, AMCIS 2009
    EditorsMatthew L. Nelson, Michael J. Shaw, Troy J. Strader
    Place of PublicationSan Francisco, CA
    PublisherAmericas Conference on Information Systems
    Pages3212-3221
    Number of pages10
    Volume5
    ISBN (Print)9781615675814
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    Event15th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2009, AMCIS 2009 - San Francisco, CA, United States
    Duration: 6 Aug 20099 Aug 2009

    Other

    Other15th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2009, AMCIS 2009
    CountryUnited States
    CitySan Francisco, CA
    Period6/08/099/08/09

    Keywords

    • Activeworlds
    • Ethics
    • Multi-user virtual environment
    • Second Life

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