Page Center providing teaching modules to bring ethics topics to classrooms

September 7, 2017 • Jonathan McVerry


The Arthur W. Page Center is strengthening the role of ethics education in communications classrooms by offering 11 free online modules that cover a variety of ethical issues within the public relations industry.

The Center recruited 12 scholars to build a series of lessons that can be easily incorporated into new and existing classroom curricula. Topics include ethical decision-making, codes of ethics, global and digital ethics, corporate social responsibility, transparency and more.

“We don’t want ethics to be an afterthought for students as they advance through their coursework,” Center director Denise Bortree said. “These modules make it easy for faculty to introduce key subjects to students in a convenient, flexible and accessible environment.”

The in-depth lessons supplement courses with important insights from communications experts. Professors and instructors teaching any level of strategic communications courses are encouraged to use some or all of the modules. Content is standardized so students can seamlessly move from one module to another and gain vital understanding of different topics.

Each module is split into two lessons, which culminate with quizzes on the material. Lessons are interactive and feature videos and informational graphics. Students can chronicle their progress through the modules and receive a certificate when a module is completed.

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