FabLab@School: From Digital Literacy to Design Bildung

Mikkel Hjorth, Ole Sejer Iversen

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Digital fabrication is becoming commonplace in the educational systems. As has often been stated, it offers opportunities for strengthening the digital literacy for future generations. In this paper we take the argument further - claiming the need for a design bildung perspective on digital fabrication. In doing so, we emphasize the designerly thinking inherent in digital fabrication. Seeing this in a bildung perspective emphasizes the need for such knowledge, skills and competences for all citizens of the near future. The implications of taking a design bildung perspective on digital fabrication are stated here as an increased focus on solving real-world problems, on technology as a material, on the ability and motivation to act designerly and on integrating the entire process of design (e.g. early ideation, co-design activities and prototyping) into the scope of digital fabrication in education.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Fablearn Europe
Number of pages5
Publication date16 Jun 2014
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jun 2014
EventFabLearn.eu - Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
Duration: 16 Jun 201416 Jun 2014


LocationAarhus University

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