In Teaching with Digital Media in Writing Studies: An Exploration of Ethical Responsibilities, Toby Coley examines the ethical implications of composing with digital media, focusing on undergraduate composition courses. Coley, an assistant professor at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, claims ethics is a topic that is underexplored in Writing Studies. Coley does recognize that the ethics turn of the late 1980s and early 1990s produced texts on ethics, such as Cheryl Fontaine and Susan Hunter’s Foregrounding Ethical Awareness in Composition and English Studies, and he acknowledges James Porter and Heidi McKee’s more recent text, The Ethics of Internet Research: A Rhetorical, Case-Based Approach. However, Coley rightly notes that Fontaine and Hunter’s book does not address digital media composing, and McKee and Porter’s book focuses on digital writing research—not the composing processes of undergraduates. Thus, Coley establishes a need for ethics research in relation to digital composing in the undergraduate composition course.
Based on his research, Coley argues that there are three areas instructors need to pay more attention to: "audience awareness as an ethical construct, academic integrity, and the drive for digital literacy" (2). After establishing his call for ethical literacy in Chapter 1 and explaining his research methods in Chapter 2, Coley describes audience awareness, academic integrity, and the drive for digital literacy in further detail in Chapters 3 through 5. The final chapter, Chapter 6, provides useful writing assignments and student learning outcomes that stem from Coley's research results.