Innovative Technologies for Multidisciplinary Design Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (74259)

Session Information: Curriculum Design & Learning Experiences
Session Chair: Alexander Reid

Saturday, 23 September 2023 12:55
Session: Session 3
Room: Room D (Live Stream)
Presentation Type:Live-Stream Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 2 (Europe/Madrid)

In this study, researchers explored the inventive application of Miro and Padlet, two cutting-edge online collaborative platforms, in the context of higher education at Sunway University in Malaysia. It focuses on two groups of students: a Design Enterprise class of over 73 students using Miro, pursuing BA (Hons) in Design Communication and BA (Hons) in Interior Architecture, and a Design and Typography class of 38 Design Communication students using Padlet.

The researchers examined Miro activities like group brainstorming, idea mapping, virtual presentations, and Padlet tasks that encourage student interaction, all through the lens of social constructivist teaching. These activities highlight the core tenets of social constructivism: collaborative learning, open dialogue, and the appreciation of diverse viewpoints.

Data was gathered through student feedback surveys, interviews, and observational studies. The results indicated that the use of these tools enhanced student engagement and promoted meaningful peer interactions, which in turn helped students develop a range of multidisciplinary skills.

According to the survey, students found Padlet relatively easy to grasp. However, students’ initial encounters with Miro were seen as daunting. These experiences emphasized the need for structured training or activities to ensure the effective use of these tools in future courses.

The findings of this study have far-reaching implications not just for future curriculum design at Sunway University, but also provide valuable insights for educators worldwide. Essentially, the integration of these platforms could revolutionize the higher education landscape, particularly in the fields of design and entrepreneurship, thereby pushing the boundaries of teaching practices.

Maslisa Zainuddin, Sunway University, Malaysia
Mohd Firdaus Mohd Anuar, Sunway University, Malaysia

About the Presenter(s)
Ms MASLISA ZAINUDDIN is a University Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer at Sunway University in Malaysia

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Posted by Clive Staples Lewis

Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00