Creativity is best described as the human capacity regularly to solve problems in a way that is initially novel but ultimately acceptable in a culture . Creativity process is an intense collaborative process of generating and exploring ideas meant to contribute to innovative solution of particular problems. During this process, team members go through cycles of divergence, in which new ideas are generated and explored, and convergence, in which new ideas are valued and detailed. Innovators need appropriate methods and supportive tools to generate ideas, reuse them, take them apart, criticise them, or even reject them. Empowering team members to personalise their creativity process in a supportive computer-based collaborative environment of peer assistance, reflection and critique and in interaction with experts and domain specialists can lead also to effective informal learning activities.
Networked technologies, and especially social software systems, provide new affordances that facilitate collaboration, innovation and creativity for organizations. The scope of this workshop will be to exchange ideas and know-how about the various methods and tools that efficiently and effectively support the computer-based collaborative creativity process and offer informal learning opportunities. There will be only few presentations (outcome of a review process). The main emphasis will be given to plenary discussion about the maturity of the processes, the tools as well as about what is needed for supporting such processes in industrial environments.
List of topics
The aim of this workshop is to bring together experts from R&D groups that work in the area of computer supported collaborative creativity process, and want to contribute to the discussion, validation, and dissemination of useful methods and tools in this area.
Papers should address one or more of the following relevant topics:
· Design of collaborative creativity support tools that are based on methods and strategies that help distributed group members collaborate for developing innovative products (e.g. SCAMPER, Six Hats, Jigsaw)
· Research methods to evaluate the usability of collaborative creativity support tools
· Computer supported creativity processes in specific domains
· Assessment framework of collaborative creativity processes.
All submissions will be reviewed by members of the international program committee in order to decide on acceptance. Acceptance of a paper is also contingent upon the author's willingness to present his or her paper at workshop in person in order to guarantee a fruitful and challenging discussion.
Accepted papers will be published in a special volume of the workshop proceedings. The workshop organizers are in contact with international publishing houses to create an edited book based on the workshop outcomes (soon to be announced).
This workshop will try to identify the relation between sound theoretical foundations for collaborative creativity process and the collaborative creativity support tools. Thus, researchers from various related disciplines such as psychology, cognitive science, linguistics, human computer interaction or communication sciences are potential workshop participants.
· Submission Deadline: June 22, 2009
· Papers should be submitted to <email@example.com>.
· Papers should be maximum 6 pages long and formatted according to LNCS format (templates can be found at Springer-Verlag LNCS Authors' Instructions).
· Notification of acceptance: July 2, 2009
· Final camera ready versions due: July 16, 2009
· Workshops: September 29th or 30th, 2009
The event will take place from September 29th or October 2nd, 2009 in Nice, France at the the Acropolis, Acropolis, Palais de congres. To lean more about the event and the venue please consult ECTEL website [http://www.ectel09.org]
· Dr. Symeon Retalis, Assistant professor at the University of Piraeus, Greece
· Prof. dr. Peter B. Sloep, Programme Director Research & Development Technology Enhanced Learning at the Centre for Learning Sciences and Technologies of the Open University of the Netherlands.
The workshop is organised as part of the idSpace project on Tooling and Training for collaborative product innovation [http://idspace-project.org]. It is funded in part by the European Commission FP7-IST-2007-1-41, project number 216799. The idSpace project designs, builds and pilots a web-based environment which, ultimately, will offer an integrated suite of knowledge eliciting and sharing tools, and create a collective, sharable memory of the entire design process. It should form the substrate for the emergence of a productive and lasting community of practice and learning that will maximally foster innovation.
Program Committee (tbc)
· Dr. M.E. Bitter-Rijpkema, Open University of the Netherlands, Netherlands
· Dr. Peter Dolog, Aalborg University, Denmark
· Dr. Petros Georgiakakis, University of Piraeus, Greece
· Dr. Wolfgang Greller, Open University of the Netherlands, Netherlands
· Prof. Dr. Klaus Schmid, University of Hildesheim, Germany
· Dr. Aimilia Tzanavari, University of Cyprus, Cyprus