OnCreate

EU Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership in Higher Education

Call for Papers

OnCreate Workshop on Creative Processes in Online Collaboration In conjunction with Think Cross – Change Media 2016

The trend towards digitally facilitated collaboration is irreversible. Basic tasks comprise communication, sharing of documents and documentation of the working process and it can be stated that mature solutions exist. The Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership OnCreate intends to go one step further in exploring the emerging socio-technological platforms for creative collaboration. Online collaborative creative processes comprise all such activities which aim to solve problems in a group that do not have standard solutions, mediated through web-based tools. Typically, such problems require interdisciplinary, lateral thinking, social empathy and extensive ideation with the aim of mutual inspiration. The processes applied are often nonlinear and rely on multimodal means of synchronous and asynchronous communication, with a special focus on visual tools.

The OnCreate project invites all researchers and practitioners in the domains of digital work, online collaboration, e-learning and creative disciplines to submit position papers to our international workshop in conjunction with the Think Cross–Change Media 2016 conference in Magdeburg, Germany. The workshop will take place on 19/20 February 2016.

Timeline

November 30th, 2015: Deadline for submission of abstracts (500 words excluding author biography / literature list)
December 20th, 2015: Results of peer-review and notification of acceptance
January 31st, 2016: Deadline for submission of position paper (max. 3000 words excluding author bio / literature list)

The workshop comprises, but is not restricted to, the following themes:

  • User experience of online collaboration tools
  • Creative online collaboration in university education
  • Creative collaboration in blended learning settings
  • User needs in collaborative learning
  • Tools for collaborative design
  • Collaborative design processes
  • Socio-technological systems for collaborative design
  • Management of interdisciplinary teams online
  • Teaching online collaboration
  • Change management for digital work
  • Collaborative creativity on MOOC platforms
  • Intercultural factors in online collaboration
  • Online collaboration in Journalism

The workshop position papers will be published in the TCCM 2016 conference proceedings. Good workshop papers will be invited to submit an extended version of their paper to a special issue of the Springer Journal „Education & Information Technology“ (acceptance of journal is subject to a separate review process).

How to Submit

Details to follow

Workshop Chair & Contact

Bjoern Stockleben, University of Applied Sciences Magdeburg-Stendal, bjoern.stockleben (at) hs-magdeburg.de

News

​Opprotunity for Participation - Branding Design Workshop

10th April 2015

We are piloting the OnCreate Branding Design Course! It will be a two-week online course with intense day meetings on 17.4. and 24.4.

You will learn:

  • Research and respond to a design brief
  • Dafting a moodboard
  • Creating a logo
  • Compiling a styleguide

Students and staff from all OnCreate partner universities are invited.

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​Concepting Reality Television Course

25th June 2015

We are starting a few online courses this summer in TAMK Media. One of them is ​Concepting Reality Television, ​designed and administered by myself. The course uses the Eliademy platform, and it starts on 7th June 2015 and ends 10th August 2015. There are online group tasks every two weeks, and the course is worth 3 study credits. The course is in English.

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Vilnius Conference

7th July 2015

At IFIP TC3 Conference in Vilnius we presented our first joint paper (and people liked it :-). You find it in the proceedings, which are free to download.

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Online Crowdsourcing Symposium

17th July 2015

The OnCreate folks at HS Magdeburg have joined HS Anhalt to organize a small symposium on Online Crowdsourcing. In German, unfortunately, but we'll be gathering interview partners for OnCreate. Link: http://ok-symposium.de/

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ICT Course Opportunity

24th August 2015

University of Tampere will be offering a online-based course on "ICT for Development" starting from October. Students from OnCreate partners are welcome. Click here for further information.

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Branding Design Course

1st September 2015

The OnCreate Branding Design Course will run again in October. Lapland UAS, Lincoln University and HS Magdeburg-Stendal have already joined with students, more are welcome. Contact bjoern.stockleben (at) hs-magdeburg.de

About

OnCreate is about the exchange, implementation and evaluation of processual and contextual knowledge of online collaborative courses with focus on creation and innovation. The OnCreate project will provide comprehensive guidelines and tutorials on how to integrate creative online collaboration into existing and new university courses, categorised by subjects and phases in the design process. Apart from questions of choice of tools and platforms, the project will especially investigate on how to create the social and other “soft” contextual factors that foster creative collaboration in online learning spaces.

OnCreate is an EU Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership in Higher Education. A consortium of 10 universities from across Europe were awarded €450,000 and will present an opportunity to develop a European network of teachers & researchers exploring forms of digital scholarship.

Focus & Definitions

Within this project, we shall investigate the role of online collaborative processes in interaction & visual design, factual & fictional storytelling and strategic & organisational change management. Although there will be a focus on the media business, the concepts and workflows developed in the project will be applicable to a wide range of application areas for creative problem solving.

“Creative online collaborative processes comprise all such activities which aim to solve in a group problems that do not have standard solutions, mediated through web-based tools. Typically, such problems require interdisciplinary, lateral thinking, social empathy and extensive ideation with the aim of mutual inspiration. The processes applied are often non-linear and rely on multi-modal means of synchronous and asynchronous communication, with a special focus on visual tools.”

Partner Institutions

    Hochschule Magdeburg
    Aalborg University
    TAMK
    Suleyman Demirel University
    University of Lincoln
    University of Ljubljana
    Lapland University of Applied Sciences (Finland)
    Fachhochshule Potsdam University of Applied Sciences
    University of Tampere
    International University of Applied Sciences, CVJM-Hochschule (Germany)

Project Summary

OnCreate, is focussed on the exchange, implementation and evaluation of processual and contextual knowledge of online collaborative courses, with focus on creation and innovation. By the term “Creative Online Collaboration Processes” we refer to those activities which aim to solve in a group problems that do not have standard solutions, mediated through web-based tools. Typically, such problems require interdisciplinary, lateral thinking, social empathy and extensive ideation with the aim of mutual inspiration. The processes applied are often non-linear and rely on multi-modal means of synchronous and asynchronous communication, with a special focus on visual tools. The highly interdisciplinary “Design Thinking” (as defined by Stanford University’s d.school) will serve as a common design process reference throughout the project.

Study programmes following ‘blended-learning’ or even pure online approaches are becoming increasingly popular in higher education. Two main drivers for this development are increasing international cooperation’s among universities and with industry partners and the special requirements of students in continuing education programmes. But even regular courses use online platforms to establish a permanent point of exchange beyond the weekly course meetings. Yet in a time, where the use of eLearning platforms, Google Drive and Skype feels commonplace, the abundance of available tools conceals the scarcity of processual knowledge to use them, especially compared to the richness of methods we use to apply in physical teaching and collaboration. In physical rooms, we are used to create spaces and processes to ideally support ideation and creation processes (e.g. Doorley & Witthoft (2012) Make Space – How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration, Wiley).

This project seeks to create virtual spaces for creative learning in a similar manner, addressing frequent problems we encounter in online collaboration:

  • How do we increase the frequency and intensity of synchronous and asynchronous collaboration?
  • How can we utter constructive reviews openly in an emotionally restricted environment without risking serious and discouraging misunderstandings?
  • How do we communicate ideas visually and in real-time?
  • How can we communicate visual, auditive and haptic qualities through a remote digital interface?
  • How can we improve the perception of presence and the feeling of sociability to increase student commitment?

The project is divided in three main phases. The partners will spend the first six months to compile best practises from both within and outside the consortium, to agree on a common course schedule for the following project phase and to define initial approaches for prospective evaluation of courses. The second phase will last about two years, implementing, evaluating and improving online collaborative courses in at least four iterations. In the final six months of the project, the courses will continue, but the project resources will be concentrated mainly on documentation and dissemination activities. In particular, the project will follow these objectives:

  • Collect best-practice examples among partners and outside the consortium.
  • Compile, apply and continuously improve a common evaluation framework for quality assurance (QA) and quality enhancement (QE) of creative online collaboration courses and environments. Reflecting the consortium’s core expertises, the partners will develop a unique interdisciplinary approach between higher education didactics and user experience research.
  • Compile a common course schedule with at least 4 cooperatively offered online collaborative courses between project partners per year. Additionally partners will apply the results of OnCreate to a number of their internal courses. These courses will be subject to continuous evaluation and improvement in at least 4 iterations. The conducting/teaching of the courses as such will not be funded by the project.
  • Create layouts/guidelines of virtual collaboration environments and respective implementation guidelines targeted at different problem areas and stages in the creation process.
  • Hold two public one-day workshops attached to existing conferences.
  • Contribute project results to existing open educational repositories and cross-link these repositories on the OnCreate project web-page.
  • Hold web-based seminars and workshops to pilot the consortium’s research into online collaboration spaces and methods.