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Code of Professional Ethics

A Guide to Professional Conduct in the Field of Educational Communications and Technology

Created by

Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT)

  1. Support independence in pursuing learning and provide access to varying points of view.
  2. Protect individual rights of access to materials of varying points of view.
  3. Guarantee an individual the opportunity to participate in any appropriate program.
  4. Conduct professional business to protect privacy and personal integrity of individuals.
  5. Follow professional procedures for selecting/evaluating materials/equipment.
  6. Make reasonable effort to protect individuals from conditions harmful to health/safety.
  7. Promote current/ sound professional practices in use of technology in education.
  8. Avoid content that reinforces/ promotes gender, ethnic, racial or religious stereotypes; encourage diversity.
  9. Refrain from discriminatory, harassing, insensitive, or offensive behavior.

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  1. Honestly represent institution/organization, distinguishing between personal and institutional/organizational views.
  2. Represent facts about educational matters in direct/indirect public expressions accurately and truthfully.
  3. Do not use institutional/ associational privileges for private gain.
  4. Accept no gratuities, gifts/favors that impair/appear to impair judgment, or offer such to obtain special advantage.
  5. Engage in fair and equitable practices with those rendering service to the profession.
  6. Accord just and equitable treatment to all members of the profession in regard to professional rights and responsibilities.
  7. Do not use coercive means or promise special treatment to influence professional decisions of colleagues.
  8. Avoid commercial exploitation of a person's membership in the Association.
  9. Strive continually to improve professional knowledge/skill and to make such available to patrons and colleagues.
  10. Present honestly personal professional qualifications and qualifications/ evaluations of colleagues.
  11. Conduct professional business through proper channels.
  12. Delegate tasks to qualified personnel-those with appropriate training/ credentials and demonstrated ability.
  13. Inform users of stipulations/ interpretations of copyright law/other laws affecting profession, encouraging compliance.
  14. Observe laws relating to profession; report illegal/unethical conduct; participate in professional inquiry when asked by AECT.

All users of the Technology Learning Center are expected to abide by the AECT Code of Professional Ethics.

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Acknowledgements & Disclaimers

©Copyright 2002 Dept. of Educational Technology, College of Education, University of Hawaii
A PT3 grant-funded production of the LEI Aloha Digital Media Group
- - Last Updated on March 6th, 2002