Ethics Lab Teaches Design-Thinking and Ethics Education at 2018 SXSW EDU

Georgetown’s Kennedy Institute of Ethics (KIE) and Ethics Lab held an in-depth and hands-on workshop at this year’s SXSW EDU Conference and Festival.

The workshop, Design Tools for Creative Ethics Education, introduced educators to Ethics Lab’s latest set of teaching tools developed to tackle complex moral problems in the classroom. Drawing from methods of design and ethical analysis, these hands-on learning activities focus on developing students’ moral imagination and creative confidence. The workshop provided participants with example materials and practical experience to incorporate in to their own classrooms and programs.

Georgetown’s Elizabeth Edenberg, Jonathan Healey, Sydney Luken, and Nico Staple led a packed room of participants for the two-hour session.

Participants work together to tackle a sample scenario.

SXSW EDU is a component of the South by Southwest (SXSW) group of conferences and festivals. SXSW is an internationally recognized series of events known for gathering creative professionals for various seminars, discussions, and workshops.

This year’s SXSW EDU took place in Austin, Texas March 5-8 and included four days of educational sessions, in-depth workshops, mentorship, film screenings, startup events, and policy discussions. The event aims to promote innovation in learning by hosting a community of forward-thinking stakeholders with a shared goal of impacting the future of teaching and learning.

A sample empathy map from the session. 

The KIE was selected to participate in SXSW EDU through a rigorous and competitive process. After the KIE submitted a proposal for the session last spring, SXSW EDU used a two-step, digital crowd-sourced platform called PanelPicker to select the year’s panelists and speakers. More than 1,400 proposals were submitted for the 2018 event, with only 220 sessions making the final cut, including the KIE. The SXSW EDU Advisory Board, staff, and the greater community review all submitted proposals and select the final set of speakers and workshops for the event.