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Title: Enhancing the creative learning experience through harnessing the creative potential of digital and social media platforms in art and design educational contexts

Authors: Sama'a Al Hashimi

Addresses: Department of Communication, Tourism, and Arts, University of Bahrain, P.O. Box 32038, Sakheer, Kingdom of Bahrain

Abstract: Despite the advancements in social media technologies, the effectiveness of repurposing them for pedagogical purposes is yet to be evaluated as an educational approach in the conventional art or design classroom. The research analyses the potential role of digital and social media applications in enhancing the creativity of art and design students, and explores the benefits they bring to the creative process both for students and educators. It involves two experimental studies; the first study explores the use of a digital painting technique by 23 fine arts students, while the second study investigates the use of social media apps by 42 graphic design students. The study is undertaken in an experimental educational setting and aims to determine how digital media can be employed by educators to expand student's creative thinking. The findings examine the students' and educators' attitudes, preferences, and the challenges they face while incorporating these technologies.

Keywords: creativity; social media; education; innovation; repurposing.

DOI: 10.1504/IJART.2020.107681

International Journal of Arts and Technology, 2020 Vol.12 No.1, pp.84 - 101

Received: 20 Feb 2019
Accepted: 01 Jul 2019

Published online: 02 Jun 2020 *

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