Guiding Socio-Technical Reflection of Ethical Principles in TEL Software Development: The SREP Framework.

Sebastian Maximilian Dennerlein, Christof Wolf-Brenner, Robert Gutounig, Stefan Schweiger, Viktoria Pammer-Schindler

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In society and politics, there is a rising interest in considering ethical principles in technological innovation, especially in the intersection of education and technology. We propose a first iteration of a theory-derived framework to analyze ethical issues in technology-enhanced learning (TEL) software development. The framework understands ethical issues as an expression of the overall socio-technical system that are rooted in the interactions of human actors with technology, so-called socio-technical interactions (STIs). For guiding ethical reflection, the framework helps to explicate this human involvement, and to elicit discussions of ethical principles on these STIs. Prompts in the form of reflection questions can be inferred to reflect on the technology functionality from relevant human perspectives, and in relation to a list of fundamental ethical principles. We illustrate the framework and discuss its implications for TEL.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAddressing Global Challenges and Quality Education - 15th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2020, Proceedings
EditorsCarlos Alario-Hoyos, María Jesús Rodríguez-Triana, Maren Scheffel, Inmaculada Arnedillo-Sánchez, Sebastian Maximilian Dennerlein
Place of PublicationSpringer, Cham
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020
Event15th European Conference on Technology-Enhanced Learning: EC-TEL-Impact 2020 - Virtuell, Heidelberg, Germany
Duration: 14 Sept 202018 Sept 2020
Conference number: 15

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12315 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference15th European Conference on Technology-Enhanced Learning
Abbreviated titleECTEL 2020
CityVirtuell, Heidelberg
Internet address


  • Co-design
  • Ethical principles
  • Reflection
  • Sociotechnical systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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