Chapter 10: Socially Responsible Approaches to Using Technology in the 21st Century
From the Book: The Refractive Thinker®: Vol. VII: Social Responsibility


With the controversy of corporate wrongdoing, the term social responsibility is prominent in the media. Academia is not exempt from using this terminology. Perhaps nowhere is there more need for focus on social responsibility than in academia and the use of technology for online teaching and learning. This chapter focuses on the emergence and dependence of 21st century technology tools among the academic learning community, comprised of the institution, faculty, and students. Social media, Internet sharing sites, digital communication, and their use are discussed. Respecting intellectual property, recognizing the principles of intellectual freedom and practicing ethical and socially responsibility behavior are emphasized.