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.
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:
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).
Details to follow
Bjoern Stockleben, University of Applied Sciences Magdeburg-Stendal, bjoern.stockleben (at) hs-magdeburg.de
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:
Students and staff from all OnCreate partner universities are invited.
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.
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.
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/
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.
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
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.
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.”
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:
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: