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Collaborative Creativity with eCiC

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Marco Bettoni, Willi Bernhard, Nicole Bittel, Collaborative Creativity with eCiC, Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences, Volume 174, 12 February 2015, Pages 3925-3932, ISSN 1877-0428, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.sbspro.2015.01.1135.


Students are often attentive highly motivated individuals who have good ideas which can provide successful solutions for all parties concerned, but mostly they have no way of bringing in and developing new ideas with other students in order to improve learning and educational processes. To enable collaborative creativity, the eCollaboration-Research Team at the Swiss Distance University of Applied Sciences has developed a solution whereby students or teachers can collaborate and nurture new creative ideas in a structured and guided way. In our solution, this nurturing takes place by means of a collaborative online process in which the “idea seed” will be “cultivated” during various interactive phases as defined by the eCIC method and supported by the eCIC online tool (eCiC = electronic Collaborative idea Cultivation). Together the method and tool constitute the eCIC system. The eCiC interaction method is a procedure which defines a creative collaboration session in three stages: 1) the setting up of a creative collaboration session, 2) ideas processing according to the “Stockalper model” as well as applying the Solution Finder Model (SFM) and 3) closing the creative collaboration session. Stage 2 contains the use of two relevant models, the “Stockalper Model” which guides the user through three different questions, symbolised by the moon (illuminate your way in the darkness), stars (search for new ideas) and sun (deploy your solution) as well as the Solution Finder Model, a problem-solving method which is based on the principle that in order to find a high quality solution, the 3 elements of need, objective and solution should always be identified and explicitly connected to build a coherent triad (the unity). This paper describes the eCiC approach, the method and models, the online tool as well as some applications in educational situations. As the eCiC system has already been used in distributed research teams, worldwide business companies and distant driven educational courses, a summary of experiences, possible applications and future developments will be made. Keywords: Creative collaboration; CSCL; Community of Practice; Continuous Improvement of Learning (CIL)


Author: Marco Bettoni

From 1977 to 2005 I have been researcher, engineer and lecturer with industrial and academic organisations in machine design, engineering education, IT development, knowledge engineering and knowledge management. Since 2005 my research focuses on E-Collaboration, Communities of Practice and Knowledge Cooperation (www.weknow.ch). I like to share knowledge with everyone and I am interested in pretty much everything. Hobby since 1981: research in Knowledge Theory from a Radical Constructivist point of view, especially Kantian Criticism. I enjoy reading ancient Greek philosophy, sailing, walking, cooking (italian, greek) and dinner with friends, especially in Greek restaurants. Motto: We need to be the change we wish to see in the world (Mahatma Gandhi)

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