Collaborative teamwork prototyping and creativity in digital fabrication design education

DS 122: Proceedings of the Design Society: 24th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED23)

Year: 2023
Editor: Kevin Otto, Boris Eisenbart, Claudia Eckert, Benoit Eynard, Dieter Krause, Josef Oehmen, Nad
Author: Georgiev, Georgi V. (1); Nanjappan, Vijayakumar (1); Casakin, Hernan (2); Soomro, Sohail (1,3)
Series: ICED
Institution: 1: Center for Ubiquitous Computing, University of Oulu, Finland; 2: Ariel University, Israel; 3: Sukkur IBA University, Pakistan
Section: Design Methods
Page(s): 0967-0976
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Digital fabrication laboratories play a role as an educational environment in which different learning activities incorporate advanced technological developments. Digital fabrication design education often involves exploratory and scaffolded processes of materialising ideas into products. However, FabLabs poses multiple challenges for pedagogy and design learning. Based on a large-scale digital fabrication course in a higher education institution, we examine whether teamwork carried out in a digital fabrication environment improves creativity. Furthermore, we analyse if teamwork affects self-assessment of learning activities involving building tangible artefacts. Finally, we examine whether the type of produced prototype affects the team's overall performance. The results allow for digital fabrication design education recommendations, including interventions intended for improving the creativity of the outcomes, team performance, and learning of different digital fabrication issues.

Keywords: Creativity, Design education, Teamwork, Digital fabrication, Prototyping

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