Using the creative arts as a means to engage underrepresented audiences with digital learning

We propose more opportunities for technologists and artists to work together to make creative, digital learning experiences, that challenge what people think about technology and the arts. Reaching underrepresented audience who may normally be ‘turned off’ by computers or formal education.

Why the contribution is important

Scotland should take new approaches to developing digital skills, and consider the different ways that learners might be included in our digital world. We should consider how we can use coding and technology to develop creative skills, not just digital skills. 

The key idea of this approach to digital inclusion is leading with a hobby, passion, or an interest people care about. Then using digital as the tool to express that and create something.  

 In summer 2016, Glasgow Science Centre worked with Centrestage Communities to deliver digital creativity workshops. These sessions were with a group of young people aged between 12 and 14 involved in Centerstage’s “Connect” program.  The group were all having difficulties engaging with mainstream schooling.  Some were excluded from school or were at risk of exclusion. However, after taking part in the sessions the group were more confident about their digital skills, and both Centrestage staff and young people expressed a desire for more sessions. By creating new music using code, this project a great example of young people expressing themselves while developing digital skills.

by craigsteele on December 06, 2016 at 01:37PM

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  • Posted by ScotGovDigitalFraser December 07, 2016 at 10:15

    This idea has Digital as the enabler to a new innovative way to learning. It suggests that building confidence in a creative digital skill may also lead to building social confidence.
  • Posted by MartinCoderDojo December 08, 2016 at 15:15

    I've found this a great way to get more people interested in computing. By running sessions which apply coding to creative writing and music I have had interest from people who previously had no interest in computing.
  • Posted by PaulCameron December 14, 2016 at 22:49

    Very much agree with this approach. Creative arts can humanise digital and help make it engaging and exciting to a wider audience.
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