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IdeaGarden

Project reference: 318552
Funded under

An Interactive Learning Environment Fostering Creativity

From 2012-10-01 to 2015-09-30, closed project

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 3 101 682

EU contribution:

EUR 2 398 571

Coordinated in:

Austria

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2011-8See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

A creative learning environment, capitalizing on the notion of visual information mash-ups as catalysts for creative working and learning.

Innovation and creativity are predictors of success in a knowledge-based society. Yet the “fuzziness” and unpredictability of the creative workflow remains an obstacle for effective ICT support. Tools that require users to formalize and structure their ideas and working processes to a degree at odds with creative practice are frequently rejected. The IdeaGarden project therefore starts from an understanding of creative problem solving as a complex and situated knowledge practice rather than as a set of well-defined methods and techniques.

The project will develop a creative learning environment, capitalizing on the notion of visual information mash-ups as catalysts for creative working and learning. Adopting a practice-oriented approach will further the understanding of creativity in different settings and open up new perspectives for ICT support. This perspective will also give rise to new methods for seeding and cultivating creative knowledge practices in workplace and educational settings. To leverage the capabilities of current ICT systems, new interactions techniques will be devised that enable users to stay in control and collaboratively navigate the creative process, handling multiple types of resources.

Based on the careful analysis of creative practices, we will envision and implement working demonstrators. Formative evaluation combined with a two-round development process will ensure that the IdeaGarden system fits its users’ needs while summative evaluation will validate the overall utility of the approach to promote nonlinear, non-standard thinking and problem solving among experts and novices.

Objective

Innovation and creativity are predictors of success in a knowledge-based. Yet the "fuzziness" and unpredictability of the creative workflow remains an obstacle for effective ICT support. Tools that require users to formalize and structure their ideas and working processes to a degree at odds with creative practice are frequently rejected. The IdeaGarden project therefore starts from an understanding of creative problem solving as a complex and situated knowledge practice rather than as a set of well-defined methods and techniques.<br/>The project will develop a creative learning environment, capitalizing on the notion of visual information mash-ups as catalysts for creative working and learning. Adopting a practice-oriented approach will further the understanding of creativity in different settings and open up new perspectives for ICT support. This perspective will also give rise to new methods for seeding and cultivating creative knowledge practices in workplace and educational settings. To leverage the capabilities of current ICT systems, new interactions techniques will be devised that enable users to stay in control and collaboratively navigate the creative process, handling multiple types of resources. In addition, taking benefit of the "Linked Data" paradigm will provide new possibilities for creative search, the construction of knowledge as well as the reflection of the collaborative process.<br/>The R&D work starts with research into creative knowledge work in industry (at LEGO and EOOS) and education (at the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design). Based on the careful analysis of creative practices, we will envision and implement working demonstrators. Formative evaluation combined with a two-round development process will ensure that the IdeaGarden system fits its users' needs while summative evaluation will validate the overall utility of the approach to promote nonlinear, non-standard thinking and problem solving among experts and novices.

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Coordinator

FH OO FORSCHUNGS & ENTWICKLUNGS GMBH
Austria

EU contribution: EUR 529 593


Softwarepark 11
4232 Hagenberg
Austria
Administrative contact: Michael Haller
Tel.: +43723638882127
Fax: +43723638882199
E-mail

Participants

EOOS DESIGN GMBH
Austria

EU contribution: EUR 82 125


ZELINKAGASSE
1030 WIEN
Austria
Administrative contact: Harald Gruendl
Tel.: +43 1 4053987
E-mail
EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZURICH
Switzerland

EU contribution: EUR 455 585


Raemistrasse
8092 ZUERICH
Switzerland
Administrative contact: Moira Norrie
Tel.: +41 44 632 7242
E-mail
CHRISTIAN-ALBRECHTS-UNIVERSITAET ZU KIEL
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 430 100


OLSHAUSENSTRASSE
24118 KIEL
Germany
Administrative contact: Susanne Neufeldt
Tel.: +494318807246
Fax: +494318801560
E-mail
MUTHESIUS KUNSTHOCHSCHULE
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 97 150


LORENTZENDAMM
24103 KIEL
Germany
Administrative contact: Tom Duscher
Tel.: +4917623155676
E-mail
LEGO SYSTEM AS
Denmark

EU contribution: EUR 144 150


AASTVEJ
7190 BILLUND
Denmark
Administrative contact: Daniel Mathiasen
Tel.: +4579506070
E-mail
AALBORG UNIVERSITET
Denmark

EU contribution: EUR 298 377


FREDRIK BAJERS VEJ
9220 AALBORG
Denmark
Administrative contact: Eva Petersson Brooks
Tel.: +4599407730
Fax: +4598159757
E-mail
FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS
Greece

EU contribution: EUR 263 211


N PLASTIRA STR
70013 HERAKLION
Greece
Administrative contact: Zinovia Papatheodorou
Tel.: +30 2810 391522
Fax: +30 2810 391555
E-mail
FH OO STUDIENBETRIEBS GMBH
Austria

EU contribution: EUR 98 280


FRANZ FRITSCH STRASSE
4600 WELS
Austria
Administrative contact: Michael Haller
Tel.: +43 7236 3888 2127
E-mail
Record Number: 105772 / Last updated on: 2016-04-09