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How to implement and teach responsible design : the development of a framework of responsible design practice

Mai, Y. (2021) How to implement and teach responsible design : the development of a framework of responsible design practice.

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Abstract:Responsible Design is a design approach to tackling pressing societal and environmental challenges that dwindle sustainable development. Currently to our knowledge, frameworks of Responsible Design mainly just support developers to generate ideas of design, but they do not explain how to do responsible design in practice. Responsible designers need a guide to better align their practice with the philosophy of Responsible Design. Moreover, in light of the profound influence designers bring in societal transformation, educational institutions should seek ways to incorporate Responsible Design in their programmes to nurture social responsibility and abilities of future innovators. A methodological framework of design practice should also support such an educational transformation. The present research aims to explore how the concept of Responsible Design could be operationalized with regard to the methods, skills and tools. Thus, we first conducted a systematic literature review through which we built an initial model of Responsible Design practice. Then we applied this model to a case study on a new digital service for shared mobility, and we used the lessons learned thereof to refine the model. Furthermore, we reviewed two bachelor programs at the University of Twente to map where and how Responsible design is embedded in education. Finally, in line with the refined model, we proposed opportunities and recommendations to enhance Responsible Design education in the University.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 77 psychology, 80 pedagogy, 81 education, teaching
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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