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About this tool

Are you designing a (new) technology? Thinking about using a (new) technology? Planning to solve a problem with (new) technology? Or do you want to assess a (new) technology? Then this tool will help you to make better decisions and/or create a better technology.

The Technology Impact Cycle Tool helps you to estimate the impact of (new) technology! This tool does that by asking questions. By answering the questions you will gain insight into a lot of facets that are involved in determining the impact of technology. This tool will not tell you what is right or wrong or better. It will help you think about the impact of a (new) technology by asking the right questions so you can make better decisions.

To get the most out of the tool, check the manual or read our best practices. Or just dive in and start a new cycle.

Free online courses

We live in a digital world. We interact with digital technology all the time. We are shaped by our digital technology, so we really need to think about the impact of digital technology.

That is why we created ten one hour crash courses that inspire you to think about the impact of technology. The goal of these courses is to educate you! To inform you! To inspire you! To entertain you! To dazzle you! To make you think! These are not crash course for beginners. These are not basic courses with just boring theory. We do not aim to be complete, we cherrypicked our way through the topics with the aim to interest you, to inform you and to inspire you! 

And we designed the courses to be fun.

Every course consists of different sections, and if you make an account (only your name is required) we help you track your progress.

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Manual & Best Practices

The tool is really easy to use. The manual you will find in this section therefore is really short. If you still have questions or if you think we can improve contact us here.

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We also made a selection of best practices. If you have a best practice or if you think we can improve contact us here.

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What’s in the tool?

This tool offers three kind of scans. A Quick Scan with 10 questions to give a you a first impression. A Full Scan with questions in 10 categories and an Improvement Scan that helps you determine what you want to improve on a (new) technology. All answers are stored in the same database and you can print the results on a canvas or create a technology impact document.

start a new cycle now!

Use it offline

To create awareness or organize a short session, we made it possible to print a blank canvas of a Quick Scan (here) and a blank canvas of an Improvement Scan (here).

With these blank canvas you can easily organize a introduction workshop or a first assessment of technology.

Read more about it in our best practices

Community

The Technology Impact Cycle Tool is a Fontys University production. The tool was created with students, professors, companies and teachers. It is and will forever be a work in progress. Therefore we would love to hear what you think. Do you have remarks, improvements, things we can do better? Do you want to have a conversation with us? Ask us questions, invite us for a presentation? Please do not hesitate to contact us!

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