OnCreate meeting – Tampere

The first offline meeting for OnCreate took place at TAMK, Tampere, Finland where Graham and Richard attended 2 days of intensive discussions along with representatives from the other 9 partner institutions. For the majority of the attendees this was the first time we had meet each other in real life and having worked together for a number of weeks online prior to this it was great to finally put names to faces and connect on a more social level.

Led by Bjorn Stockleben from Magdeburg, Germany, we spent the 2 days discussing the project as a whole, and forming small breakout groups who each took a key area to discuss and then report back during regular plenaries.

True European collaboration and the start of a great project.


Mindtrek Academic Conference 2014

In November we attended the 3 day International Mindtrek Academic Conference in Tampere, Finland. Graham delivered a speed paper and presented a poster focusing on co_LAB Project 1, and discussed our work with fellow academics and international conference attendants from across the media spectrum.

The long paper entitled – Social media and collaborative learning: hello Scholr co-Authored by the whole co_LAB team, was delivered by Richard, with Graham present to lead the Q&A afterwards.

The purpose of  ‘Academic MindTrek conference’ is to provide a platform for academicians, researchers and professionals from the industry to put forward ideas and interpretations regarding the development of Internet, interactive media, and the information society.

The conference is hosted annually since 1997 & consists of unique events like competitions, plenary sessions, media festivals, and workshops. It is a meeting place for experts and thinkers to present results from their latest work regarding the development of Internet, interactive media & the information society.


We also had the pleasure of catching up with some members of our strategic partnerships, and were invited to the Old City Hall for an evening reception hosted by the mayor of Tampere.



EU Erasmus Meeting at Academy of Pop Culture

During the Minerva Academy of Popular Culture’s annual iWeek, at which Graham and Martyn delivered a workshop, representatives from the participating Universities had a meeting to discuss a joint bid for a large scale multinational research project, ‘Connected Neighbourhoods’, and took the first steps in developing a potential EU Erasmus Strategic Partnership between the following institutions:

– Tampere University of Applied Sciences, TAMK (Finland)

– Liepaja University, MP-LAB (Latvia)

– Budapest University of Applied Sciences BKF (Hungary)

– UVic (Catalonia)

– Hanze (Academy of Pop Culture)

– University of Lincoln, co_LAB (UK)

Leeuwarden partners

The strategic partnership will be used to exchange best practices in teaching and learning, to design and implement international collaborative courses, and to research issues of pedagogy for future publications. The project will be linked by projects between  the partner Universities and through student/teaching exchanges, whilst information will be disseminated during existing iWeeks and conferences at these institutions.

The dialogue and shared values between this international network of universities appears to be very strong, and has been formed out of previous collaborations between the Universities and their representatives. We will  find out in November whether the funding bid has been successful.

(Fingers crossed!)