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Digital Dilemma is a problem-based learning project designed to be used by graduate students enrolled in ITED 8100 Theories, Models and Perspectives in Instructional Technology, which is the first of the core classes in the Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) in Instructional Technology Program at Valdosta State University (VSU). It originated as a thesis project during the Spring 2004 semester but has been integrated into the curriculum. Problem-based learning (PBL) is used to give students hands on experience that models real life scenarios. The unit aligns with the VSU College of Education’s Graduate Conceptual Framework Principles:

bullet Graduates model and promote ethical, legal, and equitable use of instructional technology.
bullet Graduates think systematically about their practice, use research, and contribute to the knowledge base.
bullet Graduates are members of learning communities.

Digital Dilemma addresses computer ethics as it applies to music file sharing on the Internet. Peer-to-peer file sharing has both legal and ethical implications for educational institutions as many schools have high speed internet access and may be held responsible for the actions of their students and faculty. This is a ‘hot’ issue for today’s technology leaders.

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