TU Delft
print this page print this page     
2018/2019 Universiteitsdienst MOOCs for Credits
Responsible Innovation (MOOC)
Responsible Instructor
Name E-mail
Prof.dr. M.J. van den Hoven    M.J.vandenHoven@tudelft.nl
Prof.dr.ir. I.R. van de Poel    I.R.vandePoel@tudelft.nl
Course Coordinator
Name E-mail
Ir. J.B.J. Groot Kormelink    J.B.J.GrootKormelink@tudelft.nl
Responsible for assignments
Name E-mail
Ir. J.B.J. Groot Kormelink    J.B.J.GrootKormelink@tudelft.nl
Co-responsible for assignments
Name E-mail
E. Yaghmaei    E.Yaghmaei@tudelft.nl
Contact Hours / Week x/x/x/x
NA (self-paced MOOC). Required study period: October-November 2018
Education Period
Different, to be announced
Start Education
Exam Period
Different, to be announced
Course Language
Course Contents
There is no doubt that technological innovation is one of the key elements driving human progress. However, new technologies raise ethical questions, have serious implications for society and the environment and pose new risks, often unknown and unknowable before the new technologies reach maturity.

The first part of the course focuses on ethical questions, frameworks, and concerns with respect to new technologies.

The second part deals with (unknown) risks and safety of new technologies including a number of qualitative and quantitative risk assessment methods.

The last part of the course (weeks 5, 6 and 7) is about value sensitive design process which take into account social and moral concerns, and conflicting values.

Case studies during the course include nanotechnology, self-driving vehicles, smart meters for electricity, autonomous weapons, nuclear energy and CO2capture and storage. Affordable innovations for low-income groups and emerging markets are also covered in the course.

The course is for all engineering students who are looking for a methodical approach to judge responsible innovations from a broader societal- perspective.

Study Goals
- Understand the need to include ethical questions with respect to (new) technology.
- Know various ways and approaches to analyze risks of new technologies, both forward looking as backward looking (causes of accidents)
- Understand various types of innovation (like radical, niche, incremental, frugal ) and the conditions for success
- Know how to deal with unknown risks (deep uncertainty) when it comes to new technologies
- Are able to critically reflect on new technologies from an ethical and risk perspective
- Understand the concept of responsible innovation and Value Sensitive Design (VSD) and the implications for the design process
Education Method
Self-paced MOOC, required study period: October- January 2017.
Note: 1 ECTS equals 28 hours
Literature and Study Materials
All study material - including an ebook- is available through the EdX site.
Paper (+Skype) interview if needed).

Paper assignment: assess and discuss the ethical issues, societal implications and risks of a new technology on the basis of the concept of responsible innovation. Further requirements for the paper will be detailed on edX. Deadline for submission will be announced. Interviews will be planned after submission of your paper.

In addition, you grade for the MOOC Responsible Innovation (mainly quizzes) has to be 70% or more.
Enrolment / Application
This course is open for 40 students from TU Delft and partner universities who are participating in the Virtual Exchange project.
TU Delft students: For more information and the application procedure see: http://www.tudelft.nl/virtualexchange
Other interested students: Please contact your home university for more information. TU Delft will not accept applications from individual students.

Special Information
To enrich the portfolio of students the TU Delft and other leading universities started the Virtual Exchange project. Students should be able to benefit from the available MOOCs offered by experts in the field by incorporating these MOOCs in their study programme.
TU Delft now offers ca 10 MOOCS in this project.