Perceptions of Digital Fabrication in Design Education: Skills, Confidence, Motivation, and Enjoyment

DS 118: Proceedings of NordDesign 2022, Copenhagen, Denmark, 16th - 18th August 2022

Year: 2022
Editor: Mortensen, N.H.; Hansen, C.T. and Deininger, M.
Author: Georgiev,  Georgi V.; Nanjappan, Vijayakumar; Casakin, Hernan; Soomro, Sohail Ahmed; Milara, Iván Sánchez
Series: NordDESIGN
Institution: University of Oulu, Ariel University, Sukkur IBA University
Section: Design Education
Page(s): 12
DOI number:
ISBN: 9781912254170


Education in digital fabrication design is characterized by a dynamic project-based learning environment, where ideas are materialized into prototypes. To gain insight in this learning experience, we investigated self-perceptions of students in a digital fabrication course. We found that while their skills and confidence to perform a variety of digital fabrication activities increase, motivation and enjoyment is unchanged or decrease. Moreover, a positive correlation between skills and performance, as well as between different self-reported effects was also observed.

Keywords: Design education, design cognition, prototyping, FabLab, digital fabrication


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