1. The Code of Professional Ethics contained herein shall be considered to be principles
of ethics. These principles are intended to aid members individually
and collectively in maintaining a high level of professional conduct.
2. The Professional Ethics Committee will build documentation of opinion
(interpretive briefs or ramifications of intent) relating to specific
ethical statements enumerated herein.
3. Opinions may be generated in response to specific cases brought
before the Professional Ethics Committee.
4. Amplification and/or clarification of the ethical principles may
be generated by the Professional Ethics Committee in response to a request submitted by
5. Persons with concerns about ethical matters involving members of AECT should contact the Chair( currently Brian Belland, email@example.com)
Section 1—Commitment to the Individual
In fulfilling obligations to the individual, the member:
1. Shall encourage independent action in an individual's pursuit of
learning and shall provide access to varying points of view.
protect the individual rights of access to materials of varying points
3. Shall guarantee to each individual the opportunity to participate
in any appropriate program.
4. Shall conduct professional business so as to protect the privacy
and maintain the personal integrity of the individual.
5. Shall follow sound professional procedures for evaluation and selection of materials, equipment, and furniture/carts used to create educational work areas.
6. Shall make reasonable efforts to protect the individual from conditions harmful to health and safety, including harmful conditions caused by technology itself.
7. Shall promote current and sound professional practices in the use
of technology in education.
8. Shall in the design and selection of any educational program or
media seek to avoid content that reinforces or promotes gender, ethnic,
racial, or religious stereotypes. Shall seek to encourage the development
of programs and media that emphasize the diversity of our society as
a multicultural community.
9. Shall refrain from any behavior that would be judged to be discriminatory,
harassing, insensitive, or offensive and, thus, is in conflict with
valuing and promoting each individual's integrity, rights, and opportunity
within a diverse profession and society.
Section 2 - Commitment to Society
In fulfilling obligations to society, the member:
1. Shall honestly represent the institution or organization with which that person is affiliated, and shall take adequate precautions to distinguish between personal and institutional or organizational views.
2. Shall represent accurately and truthfully the facts concerning
educational matters in direct and indirect public expressions.
3. Shall not use institutional or Associational privileges for private
4. Shall accept no gratuities, gifts, or favors that might impair
or appear to impair professional judgment, or offer any favor, service,
or thing of value to obtain special advantage.
5. Shall engage in fair and equitable practices with those rendering
service to the profession.
6. Shall promote positive and minimize negative environmental impacts of educational technologies.
Section 3 - Commitment to the Profession
In fulfilling obligations to society, the member:
1. Shall accord just and equitable treatment to all members of the profession in terms of professional rights and responsibilities, including being actively committed to providing opportunities for culturally and intellectually diverse points of view in publications and conferences.
2. Shall not use coercive means or promise special treatment in order
to influence professional decisions of colleagues.
3. Shall avoid commercial exploitation of the person's membership in
4. Shall strive continually to improve professional knowledge and skill
and to make available to patrons and colleagues the benefit of that person's
5. Shall present honestly personal professional qualifications and the professional qualifications and evaluations of colleagues, including giving accurate credit to those whose work and ideas are associated with publishing in any form
6. Shall conduct professional business through proper channels.
7. Shall delegate assigned tasks to qualified personnel. Qualified personnel
are those who have appropriate training or credentials and/or who can
demonstrate competency in performing the task.
8. Shall inform users of the stipulations and interpretations of the
copyright law and other laws affecting the profession and encourage compliance.
9. Shall observe all laws relating to or affecting the profession; shall
report, without hesitation, illegal or unethical conduct of fellow members
of the profession to the AECT Professional Ethics Committee; shall participate
in professional inquiry when requested by the Association.
10. Shall conduct research using professionally accepted guidelines and procedures, especially as they apply to protecting participants from harm.
First adopted in 1974, adherence to the AECT Code became a condition of membership in 1984. This version was approved by the AECT Board of Directors on
Persons with concerns about ethical matters involving members of AECT should contact the Chair (currently Brian Belland, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Professional Ethics Committee