Extending Design Thinking with Digital Technologies

Mavrikis, Manolis; Milrad, Marcelo; Kynigos, Chronis; Grizioti, Marianthi; Herodotou, Christothea; Van Langenhove, Lieva; Strubbe, Katrien; Papavlasopoulou, Sofia; Girvan, Carina; Chalvatza, Filothei and Nikolaou, Maria-Stella (2023). Extending Design Thinking with Digital Technologies. In: 20th Biennial EARLI Conference for Research on Learning and Instruction, 22-26 Aug 2023, Thessaloniki, Greece.

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The use of emerging technologies (ET), such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality (AR), 3D printing and Virtual Robotics (VR) are amongst the EU targeted actions for supporting the digital transformation of education (Digital Education Action Plan, 2021-2027). Yet, despite these technologies being accessible to education stakeholders, there is a lack of concrete pedagogy and teachers' professional development for their meaningful infusion into the current educational context. Extending Design Thinking with Emerging Digital Technologies (Exten (D.T.)2 ) is a [name of funder removed] project aiming to use: AI, AR, VR and 3D printing technologies, to enhance the pedagogical value, sustainable digitization and potential for wide deployment of Design Thinking (DT). DT (Brown, 2008) is a promising pedagogical innovation, based on interdisciplinary co-creation, that can lead to sustainable and feasible product solutions, which has yet to be tested widely in education. Through Design-Based Research (DBR) and a co-production approach with teachers, Exten (D.T.)2 will use emerging technologies and design thinking to design, pilot and scale up a sustainable learning implementation that can foster students' 21st century skills.

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