European people are living in complex and dynamic environments. Previously used learning practices need to be adapted in order to cope with these rapid changes. Innovative solutions that promote problem-solving ( working life) are required and, in those situations, creativity plays a central role. Creativity can be applied to every domain of knowledge and must be seen as a fundamental competence to be developed in school and beyond (European Commission, 2009). However creativity is not a spontaneous process and it needs to be promoted with novel solutions. Evidence-based models and guidelines on how to promote creativity are strongly needed (Redecker, 2008).

CoCreat results in new solutions for promoting creative collaboration in terms of new and innovative learning models based on social media and mobile technology. Creative collaboration is a multidisciplinary process where various problems are explored from novel perspectives and the result of collaboration is not defined beforehand (Sternberg, 2006). The main idea is to develop and evaluate collaborative spaces for learners of different ages in order to promote creative collaboration. Collaborative spaces include the following ideas 1) scripting collaborative learning models (Fisher, 2007), 2) developing technology enhanced spaces to support creative collaboration and 3) modelling how learners of different ages collaborate in these spaces.

The project results are 1) models of how creative collaboration can be structured using notions of collaborative learning 2) promotion of creative collaboration with development of collaborative spaces using mobile technology and social media and 3 )practical and methodological guidelines to support the design and evaluation of creative collaboration.

Main impact will be to provide learners with the abilities to:1) act in dynamic learning situations, 2) exploit technological solutions to support creative collaboration and 3) solve real-life problems in creative and collaborative ways.

Project duration


Project funding

EU, LifeLong Learning program (LLP)

Project staff

Sanna Järvelä

Tommi Inkilä

Pirkko Hyvönen

Essi Vuopala

Niina Impiö

Project partners

  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway)
  • Linnæus University (Sweden)
  • Universitatea Valahia din Targoviste (Romania)
  • University of Bristol (UK)
  • Tallinn University (Estonia)
  • Fundació per a la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Spain)
  • KymenlaaksoUniversity of Applied Sciences (Finland)


Tommi Inkilä


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Last updated: 4.10.2013