DS 123: Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE 2023)

Year: 2023
Editor: Buck, Lyndon; Grierson, Hilary; Bohemia, Erik
Author: Eggink, Wouter; Dorrestijn, Steven; Van Der Heijden, Karin
Series: E&PDE
Institution: University of Twente, Netherlands, The; Saxion University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands, The
Section: Ethical, social and/or environmental issues in design and engineering, and their education
DOI number: 10.35199/EPDE.2023.16
ISBN: 978-1-912254-19-4


In a collaboration between the University of XX and the YY University of Applied Sciences we explore ethics education from a tool-based, practical perspective. In this ongoing project we focus on the question if and how practical tools for ethical deliberation on the impact of technology can be helpful in ethics education for engineering students. To adhere to the practical perspective, the approach uses a focus on the impact of technology as a way toward ethical deliberation. The idea is that engineering students should actively take the probable, desirable ánd possibly unwanted effects of their designs into account during the development of their projects. To foster this process we have the desire to build an ethics lab, analogous to an engineering lab or a design studio. As part of this ethics lab two students of the bachelor Creative Technology have designed an interactive installation to let the visitors of our lab experience classical ethical dilemmas in a contemporary manner. This paper will present the installations -representing Plato’s cave and the Panopticon- as well as our first experiences with “teaching ethics through interactive installations”.

Keywords: ethics of technology, reflective skills, ethics lab, interactive installations


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