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CREMO – ERASMUS+ 2015 Project

 

Creativity E-Modules in Education

The project commenced on 1 September 2015.

The project will conclude on 1 September 2018. 

The University of Malta academics involved in this project are

Professor Sandra Dingli and Ms. Shirley Pulis Xerxen.

The project coordinators are:

University of Aalborg, Aalborg, Denmark.

 

The Creativity E-Modules in Education project (CREMO) is focused on the development of an e-module aimed at developing students’ understanding of creativity, but also help them become more creative in the process. With stronger capabilities in creativity and thinking skills, the students will be better prepared for the constantly evolving nature of today’s society, both in their working and private lives.

Once the e-module is developed, will be made available for use across European educational institutions. It will be designed to fit into any standard curriculum to complement the regular education framework.

 

The first kick off meeting and a workshop was held at the University of Malta from 11 - 16 October 2015.

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CREMO project partners at the University of Malta for the kick-off meeting.


The second meeting was held at the University of Aalborg, Denmark from 30 May – 2 June 2016.

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Ms. Shirley Pulis Xerxen (left) and Professor Sandra Dingli (right) at the Aalborg Universitet, Denmark. 

 

The third meeting was held at the Universidad Complutense, Madrid from  16 - 20 January 2017.

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Ms. Shirley Pulis Xerxen (left) and Professor Sandra Dingli (right) at the Universidad Complutense, Madrid.

 

 Excerpt from report from evaluators on the CREMO project:

'The CREMO project was highly successful in that it reached its main goal of developing an innovative and comprehensive online learning tool for teaching creativity to a range of students freely accessible via the professionally looking website for the Academy for Creativity. The gamification approach and the development of a large range of activities is particular noteworthy. More than 2000 pilot testers completed parts of the learning tool, and it was good to see that their participation not only led to improvements of the learning tools, but that data was also collected on how the software improved their learning. In an example of best practice this data will be analysed and written up for publication in several academic journals. The quality of the project team was generally very high. The project report has documented a good level of impact with more than 30,000 unique visitors to the website, but mainly from the European project partners.' 

CREATIVITY TRAINING ONLINE - IMPROVE YOUR CREATIVITY THROUGH THE RESULT OF THIS PROJECT 

 

Launch of Academy for Creativity e-Platform : 20 April 2018 

PRESS RELEASE

‘As a teacher an online creativity games platform will certainly be useful to foster my students’ creativity!’ This was some of the feedback received following the Academy for Creativity e-platform launch held in Malta on 20 April 2018. Around 50 participants attended the event. The online creativity platform consists of a number of simple games and it is the result of three years of hard work on the part of the partners involved in an ERASMUS+ project entitled CREMO. These are Aalborg University (project coordinator), Complutense University of Madrid and University of Malta (through The Edward de Bono Institute). The event was held as one of the activities that celebrates World Creativity and Innovation Week in which The Edward de Bono Institute actively participates.

The games were designed by the project partners and they are based on Torrance’s typology for creativity. This includes Originality, flexibility of thinking, fluency and elaboration. Various games with different levels may be easily accessed by students and educators. Educators have the option to control access for students, to monitor student activity and to delegate particular tasks. 

The key premise for the platform is that creativity is a skill which can be improved with practice over time. Regular use of the online games provided on the Academy for Creativity platform enables the fostering of the imagination, increased idea generation and improved creativity.

The event included papers presented by Professor Stefano Gualeni from Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) and the Institute of Digital Games at the University of Malta. Professor Gualeni discussed the use of digital platforms for exploring philosophical issues, including philosophical thought experiments. Kristian Brøndum from Aalborg University introduced the platform and he spoke about the visions behind the Academy of Creativity. Shirley Pulis Xerxen from The Edward de Bono Institute discussed the manner in which educators should facilitate the ‘unlearning’ of non-creative behavior, a process which needs to be urgently addressed. Professor Sandra Dingli spoke about creativity combined with digital literacy as key skills for the future.  According to Professor Dingli, ‘Today’s students are digital natives, born into the internet age with easy access to devices such as mobile phones and tablets on which they can access multiplayer online games and virtual worlds.’ She drew attention to the fact that ‘Games provide students with challenges and their use of educational games which are well designed makes them enjoy learning through play. This is precisely what CREMO aims to offer to students, well designed games that motivate and empower students, make learning enjoyable and foster creative thinking.’

To register and enjoy the online creativity games, visit http://academyforcreativity.com/

Contact Person: Professor Sandra M Dingli, The Edward de Bono Institute, University of Malta Tel: 99842422 Email: sandra.m.dingli@um.edu.mt 

 Launch of Academy for Creativity e-Platform : 20 April 2018 

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