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Georgiev, G., Nanjappan, V., Casakin, H., & Soomro, S. (2023). COLLABORATIVE TEAMWORK PROTOTYPING AND CREATIVITY IN DIGITAL FABRICATION DESIGN EDUCATION. Proceedings of the Design Society, 3, 967-976. doi:10.1017/pds.2023.97

Collaborative teamwork prototyping and creativity in digital fabrication design education

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Author: Georgiev, Georgi V.1; Nanjappan, Vijayakumar1; Casakin, Hernan2;
Organizations: 1Center for Ubiquitous Computing, University of Oulu, Finland
2Ariel University, Israel
3Sukkur IBA University, Pakistan
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Cambridge University Press, 2023
Publish Date: 2023-10-31


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.

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Series: Proceedings of the Design Society
ISSN: 2732-527X
ISSN-E: 2732-527X
ISSN-L: 2732-527X
Volume: 3
Pages: 967 - 976
DOI: 10.1017/pds.2023.97
Host publication: Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED23), Bordeaux, France, 24-28 July 2023
Conference: Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Design
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
Funding: This research was funded by the Erasmus+ project “Bridging the creativity gap” (agreement number 2020-1-UK-01KA202-079124), and by the Academy of Finland 6Genesis Flagship (grant number 346208).
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 346208
Detailed Information: 346208 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © The Author(s), 2023. Published by Cambridge University Press. This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives licence (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is unaltered and is properly cited. The written permission of Cambridge University Press must be obtained for commercial re-use or in order to create a derivative work.