About Us

The Embedded Ethics Education Initiative (E3I) is a collaborative project at the University of Toronto between the Department of Computer Science and the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society that aims to incorporate concepts and skills from ethics across the computing curriculum. We are living in an unprecedented time of technological innovation and impact across all areas of society and culture. It has never been more clear that the work of computer scientists has far-reaching and often unintended consequences. As educators, we have seen both a need and demand from computer science students for educational opportunities that will help prepare them to enter the work force as computing professionals cognizant of how their work will impact society and empowered to raise ethical issues in the context of their work.

We launched E3I as a two-year pilot in 2020 to meet this demand. Our objective: To develop and evaluate methods for endowing and empowering the next generation of scientists, educators, and technology developers with the knowledge, skills, and incentive to incorporate ethical considerations in the study of computer science and as a design principle in the development of computer science technology—throughout their careers.

This program brings together a multi-disciplinary team from computer science, philosophy, and psychology to create educational modules that are embedded within computer science courses, creating authentic connections between technical computing concepts and ethical considerations for the potential applications of those concepts. Each of these modules is designed to combine modern pedagogical principles in delivery (e.g., active learning) and to use lightweight assessments that can be incorporated into existing computing classrooms. We believe strongly in open educational materials, and you can find our modules on our Modules page.

Contact us at: embedded-ethics@cs.toronto.edu

Meet the Team

Faculty Leads

Diane Horton

Professor, Teaching Stream

Department of Computer Science
University of Toronto

David Liu

Associate Professor, Teaching Stream

Department of Computer Science
University of Toronto

Sheila Mcllraith

Professor

Department of Computer Science &
Schwartz Reisman Institute for
Technology and Society
University of Toronto

Current Teaching Team

Steven Coyne

Assistant Professor (Limited Term)

Department of Philosophy
University of Toronto (Mississauga)

Emma McClure

Assistant Professor

Department of Philosophy
St. Mary's University

Former Teaching Team

Benjamin Wald

Former Postdoctoral Fellow

Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society
University of Toronto

Maryam Majedi

Former Postdoctoral Fellow, Teaching Stream

Department of Computer Science
University of Toronto

Study Design and Analysis Support

Nina Wang

PhD Student

Department of Psychology
University of Toronto

Web Development

Hamid Yuksel

Master of Information Student

Faculty of Information
University of Toronto

Acknowledgements

The Embedded Ethics Education Initiative has received generous funding from the Faculty of Arts and Science and the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto, and the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society.

We also thank Barbara Grosz and Jeff Behrends at Harvard University for sharing their inspiration and wisdom from the Embedded EthiCS @ Harvard program.