Prototyping: The collaborative mediator
2012 (English)In: Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: Design Education for Future Wellbeing, EPDE 2012, 2012, 648-653 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Given the potential to deliver 'future wellbeing products', learning mechanisms behind the establishment of such efforts is vital. In this scenario, early efforts are manifested in prototypes that concern ergonomic and innovative product features. Prototypes are made, presented and interpreted differently by people according to their understanding and frame of reference. Newness could interchangeably be used for prototyping as it unlocks cognitive mechanisms where embedded modes, e.g. visualization and communication, enable iterative learning loop in-between peers. The freedom of its use, which depends on contextual relevance and appropriate levels, is therefore important to be aware of. Looking at an ideal, prototypes should be equally strong knowledge disseminators in education as they acted upon in industry, but are they, and how could we expand our perspective on prototyping as a mechanism for creation? This paper investigates how prototyping allows new knowledge to emerge in its implicit role as collaborative mediator. The paper conceptualizes views on prototyping based on student's perceived learning experiences and lecturer experiences from engineering design projects. In contrast to past prototyping research, this paper establishes a link between knowledge embedded perspectives relevant for prototyping and its consequences for learning.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. 648-653 p.
Collaboration, Knowledge, Learning, Prototyping, Cognitive mechanisms, Engineering design projects, Innovative product, Iterative learning, Perceived learning
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-131337ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84879680534ISBN: 978-190467036-0OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-131337DiVA: diva2:656529
14th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: Design Education for Future Wellbeing, EPDE 2012; Antwerp; Belgium; 6 September 2012 through 7 September 2012
QC 201310162013-10-162013-10-142013-11-12Bibliographically approved