Harvard’s Most Popular Course is a Class on How to be Happier

Can Happiness Be Taught? Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar has taught Harvard University’s most popular course: a course on Positive Psychology; that is, he taught his students how to be happy. The course, called PSY 1504 – Positive Psychology,is described as follows: “The course focuses on the psychological aspects of a fulfilling... Read more →


Paradigm Shift in Ethics Education

Giving Voice to Values The benefits of the Giving Voice to Values approach to ethical decision making is it involves students directly by providing them with the tools to speak out against improper behavior. Rather than a focus on ethical analysis in a sterile way, the GVV curriculum focuses on... Read more →


EDI Courses in Higher Education: Are They Doing Any Good?

Boise State's Experiences Last month it was announced that Boise State University was suspending a course following allegations that the in-class instruction had humiliated and degraded some students over their beliefs and values. The suspension affected roughly 1,300 students in 52 sections of UF 200: Foundations of Ethics and Diversity,... Read more →


Are Teacher Evaluations Useful?

The Good and the Bad I recently read a study by the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching that provides a useful perspective on the usefulness of teacher evaluations. Students have been evaluating teaching performance for many years so the time is right to reflect on the findings. As a professor emeritus... Read more →


Developing Soft Skills In Higher Education

The Key to Saving Society From Itself Most educators are aware of the importance of technical skills in fields like accounting, computer technology, engineering, finance, and the sciences but do not necessarily recognize the importance of “soft skills” to carry out technical skills in a way that communicates personal values... Read more →


Creating an Immersive Experience and Active Participation of Students in E-Learning During COVID-19

Engaging Students With Online Instruction My “Ethics Sage” blog this past Tuesday addressed some of the questions for instructors in preparing to create e-Learning experiences using Zoom. Here are those questions. What techniques are available for E-Learning? What are the limitations of E-Learning? How can we develop and nurture an... Read more →


Why Do K-12 Kids Cheat on Online Tests?

Blaming Others For Their Ethical Failings By all accounts the number of students that cheat on online tests has increased over what it would have been with in-person tests. There are many reasons for the increases, not the least of which is to blame others for their behavior. Cheating seems... Read more →


Tips for Teaching Ethics

Why Ethics Education is So Important Today! Earlier this week I blogged about “What Should Be the Goals of Ethics Education”? In today’s blog I expand on those thoughts to address tips for teaching ethics. First, let’s look at whether the way ethics is traditionally taught is the best approach.... Read more →


Sexual Harassment Charges at LSU: Another Black Eye for College Sports

LSU Football Program Under a Microscope Recent allegations that the Louisiana State University (LSU) dismissed charges of sexual harassment by one of its star football players brings into question the culture of the athletic department and university. It seems quite evident it is a culture that tolerates misbehavior. The LSU... Read more →