MEDEAnet webinar: Digital Ethics, Thursday 10 April, 4-5 pm CET

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As great as the internet is, it also involves new challenges when it comes to concepts of right and wrong. Digital ethics is dealing with the social code on the internet. What is appropriate “digital” behavior? What have teachers to consider when using media in education? In this MEDEAnet webinar Donald Heider from the Loyola University, Chicago, USA and Natasha Whiteman from the University of Leicester, UK introduced the participants to the concepts of digital ethics and how it can be applied in the classroom. 

This webinar was held on 10 April 2014 and was attended by 36 people from 10 countries.

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Donald Heider, Loyola University Chicago, USA

Natasha Whiteman, University of Leicester, UK


 Donald Heider, Loyola University, Chicago, USA

Don Heider is the Founding Dean and Professor at the School of Communication at Loyola University Chicago. He is the Founder of the new Center for Digital Ethics & Policy. Heider currently serves as president of the ASJMC, the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication. Heider’s is the editor of Living Virtualy which includes his and a dozen other researchers’ work on virtual worlds. Heider has worked on three previous books:: Managing Television News: A Handbook for Ethical and Effective Producing,, Class & News, and White News: Why Local News Programs Don’t Cover People of Color. Heider earned his B.A, from Colorado State University, his M.A. from American University and his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado. During his former career as a broadcast journalist, Heider received five Emmy awards, a regional Edward R. Murrow, and a Tennessee Associated Press Award. Heider was honored at the University of Texas with two teaching awards: the Eyes of Texas Award and the Texas Blazers Award, and previously Heider received the Outstanding Faculty Member Award while at Ole Miss. He was also selected as an Ethics Fellow at the Poynter Institute.

Natasha Whiteman, University of Leicester, UK

Natasha Whiteman ( is Lecturer in Media and Communication at the University of Leicester. She received her PhD from the Institute of Education, University of London. Her research interests include the study of media fandoms and videogame cultures on the Internet and the ethics of contemporary media audiences. She is the author of Undoing Ethics: Rethinking Practice in Online Research (Springer, 2012).
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