Innovative Technologies for Multidisciplinary Design Teaching and Learning in Higher Education


This research delves into the innovative integration of two emergent digital collaborative platforms, Miro and Padlet, within higher education pedagogy, concentrating on their application in design-centric courses at Sunway University, Malaysia. The study encompasses two distinct student cohorts: one, a collective of seventy-three students from the Design Enterprise module, engaging with Miro and enrolled in either BA (Hons) in Design Communication or BA (Hons) in Interior Architecture; the other, a group of thirty-eight Design Communication pupils utilizing Padlet in a Design and Typography course. The purpose of this research is to explore how these technologies influence student engagement, communication, and the acquisition of multidisciplinary skills within a social constructivist framework. Utilizing methodological triangulation encompassing student surveys, interviews, and observations, the study assesses the platforms' effectiveness through various collaborative activities. Principal results indicate that while both platforms enhance engagement and skill acquisition, students' initial reception differs due to the perceived complexity of the tools; Padlet's user-friendly nature facilitates immediate utilization, whereas Miro's sophisticated functionality sometimes initiates reluctance, emphasizing the importance of formal orientation sessions. The integration of such digital tools represents a transformative potential for pedagogical strategies in design-related fields in higher education. However, the research underscores the necessity of proper guidance and support in their implementation to ensure optimal student experience and learning outcomes, thereby influencing curriculum evolution both within Sunway University and globally. This study's findings are pertinent not only for curriculum enhancement but also for broader pedagogical innovation in higher education sectors worldwide.

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

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Conference: BCE2023
Stream: Design

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Zainuddin M., & Anuar M. (2023) Innovative Technologies for Multidisciplinary Design Teaching and Learning in Higher Education ISSN: 2435-9467 – The Barcelona Conference on Education 2023: Official Conference Proceedings
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