User's Guide To The OEC

The current revision of the Online Ethics Center (OEC) has four major sections which can be accessed through the top navigator. 


The vast majority of resources contained in the OEC are housed in the "Resources" section were they are divided by resource type.  Users can search for specific Cases, Bibliographies, Evaluation Tools, or Ethics Codes.  The Resources section also includes a compilation of other relevant external links, a section containing descriptions of institution-wide ethics education programs, and specific resources for educators listed as "Teaching Tools".


"Topics" contains a listing of resources divided by subject matter and links to relevant materials housed in the resources databases.  The subjects are similar in organization to previous versions of the OEC and include the following six sections:

Emerging Technologies
Environment, Safety & Sustainability
Employment and Legal Issues
Professional Practice
Responsible Research

Diversity Issues


The materials in the "Education" section of the site are of particular interest for faculty and students who need to fulfill education and training requirements in ethics in various fields of science and engineering, including the social and behavioral sciences. These requirements exist at all post-secondary levels -- undergraduate, graduate, post-doctoral, and faculty/investigator. The "Education" section also includes learning resources for pre-college students. There are materials for instruction in science and engineering ethics at the secondary level, relevant web resources for students in grades K-12, and studies about children's ethics.


The "People" section of the Online Ethics Center provides a unique resource for connecting individuals who contribute in some way to the broad field of ethics in science and engineering.  It includes the "Ethics Community" which is a database of biographies for people who participate in the field.  It also contains and Forum where individuals can ask questions or make comments pertaining to ethics education in engineering and science.


In addition to the materials mentioned above, an important resource for educators, researchers, and students alike is the OEC "Glossary." It contains substantive definitions of concepts and terms commonly used in engineering ethics, with links to useful related topics and materials. The definitions are written to be accessible to a broad audience. The glossary also identifies and contains links to numerous relevant professional societies and organizations. 

We hope you will be able to find what you are looking for, and we encourage you to browse and see all that the Online Ethics Center has to offer.  Should you need help finding a specific resource please feel free to email us:

Cite this page: "User's Guide To The OEC" Online Ethics Center for Engineering 6/4/2009 National Academy of Engineering Accessed: Thursday, November 26, 2015 <>