Effectiveness of an Electronic Performance Support System on Computer Ethics and Ethical Decision-Making Education

Kert S. B. , Uz C. , Gecii Z.

EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY & SOCIETY, vol.17, pp.320-331, 2014 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 17
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Page Numbers: pp.320-331
  • Keywords: Media in education, Interactive learning environments, Pedagogical issues, Higher education, Computer ethics, ISSUES, MODEL


This study examined the effectiveness of an electronic performance support system (EPSS) on computer ethics education and the ethical decision-making processes. There were five different phases to this ten month study: (1) Writing computer ethics scenarios, (2) Designing a decision-making framework (3) Developing EPSS software (4) Using EPSS in a case-based computer ethics education process (5) Analyzing all of the data collected from the implementation. A total of 15 computer ethics scenarios were written by the researchers and revised in accordance with the opinions of 12 experts from different universities. Barger's (2008) ethical decision-making model was adapted to a flow chart for generating a decision-making framework for the system. Quantitative and qualitative research methods, multivariate analysis of variance and semi-structured interviews were used together to investigate the effectiveness of the system. The results showed that the EPSS that was developed improved the decision-making skills of the students in the experimental group who were faced with different computer ethics scenarios during the implementation of the study. To present a balanced view both positive and negative comments made by the students regarding the EPSS were recorded and are presented in the study.