meeting 24 – blog.Bioethics.gov https://bioethicsarchive.georgetown.edu/pcsbi/blog The blog of the 2009 - 2017 Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues Mon, 09 Jan 2017 23:23:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Bioethics Commission Meeting 24: Member Discussion of Future Educational Materials https://bioethicsarchive.georgetown.edu/pcsbi/blog/2016/03/03/bioethics-commission-meeting-24-member-discussion-of-future-educational-materials/ https://bioethicsarchive.georgetown.edu/pcsbi/blog/2016/03/03/bioethics-commission-meeting-24-member-discussion-of-future-educational-materials/#respond Thu, 03 Mar 2016 21:02:06 +0000 https://bioethicsarchive.georgetown.edu/pcsbi/blog/?p=1809 Member discussion wrapped up the Bioethics Commission’s twenty-fourth meeting. During this session, members considered future plans for their educational materials. Plans include expanding on the over 50 educational tools currently available on the Bioethics Commission website. Members addressed new topics, audiences, and design of the educational resources.

First, members considered possible future topics, including ethics education and deliberation as modes of engaging with complex, multifaceted, and challenging topics in health and science. Current educational materials align with Bioethics Commission Reports, ranging from their most recent work on Gray Matters: Topics at the Intersection of Neuroscience, Ethics, and Society to their very first report New Directions: The Ethics of Synthetic Biology and Emerging Technologies. Available educational tools also address topics that cut across Bioethics Commission reports including community engagement, compensation for research-related injury, informed consent, privacy, research design, and vulnerable populations. Members considered expanding the topics addressed in Bioethics Commission case studies.

Commission members also considered potential new audiences, from primary and secondary school students to adults encountering these issues as patients, research participants, caregivers, and consumers. Materials already available are designed for researchers, public health professionals, and various educators–including those who teach law, public policy, and science. Current User Guides, for example, serve as quick reference documents to help professionals and educators identify which materials are most relevant to them.

Lastly, the Bioethics Commission members discussed making the most of educational material delivery method. Materials are available online, and members noted how educational tools that are publicly available in an electronic format can reach a wide audience long after the Commission’s tenure. Bioethics Commission educational materials to date come in a variety of audience-specific formats. Members considered which new formats will round-out the Bioethics Commission suite of educational resources for their diverse stakeholders including students, teachers, health and science professionals, and the wider public.

The session concluded, and the Bioethics Commission and staff will now turn to putting these plans in action. Find out about educational materials as they become available via this blog by email subscription, RSS feed, or following the Bioethics Commission on Twitter! E-mail us your feedback on bioethics education at education@bioethics.gov.

The Commission is scheduled to meet again on May 3, 2016 in Washington, D.C.

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Bioethics Commission Meeting 24: The Bioethics Commission Educational Materials https://bioethicsarchive.georgetown.edu/pcsbi/blog/2016/03/03/bioethics-commission-meeting-24-the-bioethics-commission-educational-materials/ https://bioethicsarchive.georgetown.edu/pcsbi/blog/2016/03/03/bioethics-commission-meeting-24-the-bioethics-commission-educational-materials/#respond Thu, 03 Mar 2016 20:03:46 +0000 https://bioethicsarchive.georgetown.edu/pcsbi/blog/?p=1805 In the first session of its twenty-fourth meeting, the Bioethics Commission reviewed its current portfolio of educational materials and assessed how it might be expanded to reach new audiences. The Bioethics Commission heard from Elizabeth Pike, J.D., LL.M., a Senior Policy and Research Analyst at the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues; Maneesha Sakhuja, M.H.S., a Research Analyst at the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues; and Steven Kessler, M.S., an Instructor of Biological Sciences at the City College of San Francisco.

Pike described different kinds of educational materials. She explained how primers, for example, are intended to help specific audiences understand and implement the Commission’s recommendations in Anticipate and Communicate: Ethical Management of Incidental and Secondary Findings in the Clinical, Research, and Direct-to-Consumer Contexts. She also introduced the topic-based modules, noting how instructors can tailor the addition of cutting-edge topics in health, science, and technology to their classroom to stimulate students’ thinking about their impacts on society. Modules also allow instructors to choose among various activities including discussion questions, problem-based learning, and exercises based on optional additional resources.

Sakhuja continued the discussion by more closely diving into the public health case studies. These case exercises present a detailed description of a case based on real-life public health events, describe relevant analysis from the Bioethics Commission’s deliberations, and prompt engaged discussion. For example, the Communicating During a Public Health Emergency case situates readers in the role of a public information officer in a city health department after learning of a confirmed case of Ebola in a nearby hospital. The case then presents readers with relevant analysis from the Bioethics Commission and asks readers to answer questions about how to proceed with communicating to the public. Sakhuja also unveiled a forthcoming educational material format—deliberative scenarios—slated to be released in Spring 2016. The deliberative scenarios will help high school and college students develop deliberative skills in the classroom by practicing forming a consensus and proposing a course of action by incorporating a variety of perspectives. Each scenario is accompanied with a teacher’s companion to help guide and support the deliberation.

Wrapping up the panel, Kessler informed the Bioethics Commission about his use of the discussion guides in biology classes at the City College of San Francisco. The discussion guides were designed to be appropriate for teachers without expertise in ethics and intended to start conversations about bioethics in a way that was accessible to high school and college students.

The Bioethics Commission will continue the meeting with a member discussion about the educational materials.

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Bioethics Committee Meeting 24: Live Teleconference https://bioethicsarchive.georgetown.edu/pcsbi/blog/2016/03/03/bioethics-committee-meeting-24-live-teleconference/ https://bioethicsarchive.georgetown.edu/pcsbi/blog/2016/03/03/bioethics-committee-meeting-24-live-teleconference/#respond Thu, 03 Mar 2016 19:02:41 +0000 https://bioethicsarchive.georgetown.edu/pcsbi/blog/?p=1800 Welcome to the twenty-fourth public meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission). The Bioethics Commission is meeting today, March 3, 2016, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST via teleconference.

At today’s meeting, the Bioethics Commission members will discuss the Commission’s educational materials, present and future. These materials embody the Commission’s commitment to ethics education and are freely accessible at bioethics.gov. The Bioethics Commission will welcome and hear from presenters who have been involved with the development and use of these materials.

For the full agenda of today’s meeting, click here.

Today’s teleconference is open to the public by calling 1-888-769-8756 and entering passcode 8934813 when prompted. Additionally, you can follow the highlights here on the blog. Audio recordings and transcripts will be archived and available following the meeting.

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