Conference Schedule

Using Serious Games to Teach Business Ethics: From Development to Delivery

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019 • 3:15 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.
Dillon Hall 368
Michael D. Baumtrog Ryerson University Show biographies
Michael Baumtrog completed his BA(H) and MA in Philosophy at the University of Windsor and his PhD in Philosophy at the New University of Lisbon, Portugal. He now teaches business ethics and critical thinking at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University while researching ethical issues related to youth.
Sahar Ahadi Ryerson University
Sahar Ahadi is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ted Rogers Leadership Center. She holds a MA in Adult Education and Professional Development from Shahid Beheshti University in Iran, and received her PhD in Human Resource Development from University Putra Malaysia. Before joining the TRLC, she spent two years as a Postdoc Research Fellow at Department of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

In this session, we will discuss our exploratory process of developing and transforming a static, paper-based (business) ethics case into an interactive digital ‘serious game’ for use in teaching (business) ethics, as well as our research implementing these games into the undergraduate classroom. The cases address an instance of racism and sexual harassment in the workplace respectively. Using the first-person perspective, students/players are invited to make decisions within a narrative and face the consequences, much like a "choose your own adventure" book.

Our talk begins by outlining the motivations for the research and topical selections for the case, before demonstrating how we used open source software to evolve the static cases into playable games. In the second half of the talk, we will discuss the data resulting from the in-class research we conducted pertaining to the games’ impacts on affective learning and address some avenues for future research. Conference attendees are encouraged to bring an internet connected device to be able to try the games for themselves.