Designing Engaging Educational Materials

Published in: The Journal of Digital Media Arts and Practice

Volume/Edition: 2015 | Issue: 1 | Pages: 14-25

Link to paper on publisher's site: Designing Engaging Educational Materials

Download PDF


This paper argues that, in order to effectively engage the current cohort of undergraduate students, educational materials need to accommodate those students’ cultural, neurophysiological, and psychological needs. It offers design thinking as a tool educators can use to meet these needs. After explaining the origins of design thinking and outlining its various stages, this paper demonstrates the process of using design thinking in the form of a pilot study, in which a suite of integrated educational materials were created.