Using Artificial Intelligence Tools in Product Design Course


The utilization of artificial intelligence (AI) tools in product design courses has gained significant prominence in recent years. A preliminary survey conducted at the onset of the design course revealed that 70% of students expressed their disagreement with the idea of banning AI tools from the curriculum, and 27.5% remained neutral. Subsequently, a follow-up survey indicated that 66% of students extensively adopted ChatGPT or equivalent tools, while 34% extensively utilized Midjourney or equivalent tools in their design projects. These findings highlight the undeniable importance of AI tools in the course, focusing instead on effective adoption strategies. This approach harnesses AI algorithms and techniques to enhance the design process, optimize product performance, and facilitate innovative solutions. This paper explores the integration of AI tools in product design education and investigates their impact on student learning outcomes. It discusses the numerous benefits associated with incorporating AI into the curriculum, such as enabling advanced simulations, automating design processes, and fostering creativity. Additionally, the paper addresses the challenges that arise when implementing AI tools in the classroom, emphasizing the need for specialized resources and technical expertise. Moreover, the paper presents a range of instructional strategies and case studies that illustrate successful applications of AI in product design courses. By incorporating AI tools, educators can provide students with invaluable hands-on experience, equipping them to meet the demands of the ever-evolving design industry. This abstract underscores the significance of AI in product design education and offers insights into its potential to revolutionize the field.

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Tee Hui Teo, Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), Singapore
Maoyang Xiang, Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), Singapore
Fan Ouyang, Zhejiang University, China

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Conference: ACE2023
Stream: Teaching Experiences

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