Co-Creation in the Design, Development and Implementation of Technology-Enhanced Learning

Guest Editors


• Tamsin Treasure-Jones, University of Leeds, UK

• Sebastian Dennerlein, Know Center, Austria

• Panagiotis Antoniou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

• István Koren, RWTH Aachen University, Germany



Important dates


• Deadline: September 2, 2019 (extended deadline)
• Notification to the authors:  October 15, 2019
• Camera ready paper: November 10, 2019
• Publication of the special issue: end of November, 2019




Co-creation is a term encompassing various forms of active stakeholder engagement and collaboration aiming at (i) innovation and research results that are more relevant and responsive to society, (ii) wider and more efficient adoption of research and innovation, (iii) integration of society in innovation, and (iv) stronger ties of innovation with the individual end user/consumer. A multitude of approaches has emerged to support this aim including co-design, co-production, participatory design, Design-based Research, Research-based Design, Living Labs and DevOps, which we subsume under the term co-creation All of them have a strong ethos of equally valuing and involving the experience, expertise and creativity of all members of a user community and wider society (Sanders & Stappers, 2008). Co-creation is also an important means to adhere to the EU’s Responsible Research and Innovation agenda and part of the ‘Science with and for the Society’ objective (Horizon 2020, 2018). 

Within the TEL domain, co-creation plays a particularly important role as design and development move from relatively well understood school-based or formal learning contexts into less structured and less well understood areas such as informal learning, workplace learning, and continuing professional development. Crucially, the use, effectiveness, and impact of these co-creation approaches in the TEL community needs to be better understood, allowing for the implementation of replicable studies as well as valid research insights meeting the standards of the TEL community at the same time.  

Some key questions have still not been sufficiently addressed:

-          What co-creation approaches are used in the TEL community? 

-          What are the issues facing co-creation in TEL?

-          What is the impact of using co-creation in TEL?

-          How to scale up co-creation activities in TEL?

These simple questions tap into some foundational issues regarding co-creation in Technology Enhanced Learning. The approaches for integrating co-creation in TEL address interesting topics like taxonomies of co-creative approaches, TEL workflow support and, specifically, interfacing existing pipelines of TEL (AGILE development, Problem Based Learning, etc.) with the principles and practicalities of co-creation. The issues challenging co-creative TEL mainly focus on maintaining the open ended volatile creativity of co-creation, while at the same time adhering to definitive, well-structured pedagogical, technological and academic good practices. The impactof co-creative TEL, while self-evident at the high level of discourse, touches into challenging topics like removing cross-disciplinary barriers, integrating diverse best practices and transforming simple topical collaboration into a true impact multiplier. As well, we invite critical reflectionson co-creation addressing restrictive issues and barriers such as the need for extensive research resources, compromises between stakeholders or adoption of conservative technologies, for example, as well as strategies to cope with them. Finally, the activities that scale upco-creative TEL, provide the most fertile, but also challenging, ground for tapping into the methodological strengths of co-creation as a concept and method. Crowdsourcing, open code and design, emergent ad-hoc creative commons, all are tools in the co-creative arsenal that need to be utilized appropriately so as to allow for the graceful and swift growth of all TEL aspects, from content creation all the way to dissemination and wider accessibility. Given this outline the following Topics of Interest for submissions in this Special Issue emerged. 


Topics of Interest


Submissions are invited addressing any of the topics listed below. Submissions should clearly relate their topic to the use of co-creation in Technology Enhanced Learning.

• Co-creation case study in a particular domain and a particular design problem

• Co-creation workflows

• Co-creation tools, systems, functionalities

• Co-creation in digital educational content development

• Co-creation approaches - commonalities and differences

• Workflows for digital content co-creation

• Engaging different types of stakeholders

• Activities used in co-creation approaches

• Co-creation as part of the design and development process

• Recruitment and motivation of participants and related organizations

• Managing expectations

• Prioritisation/managing of feedback diversity in co-creation

• Ethical issues around co-creation

• Impact of using co-creation (individual and/or institutional)

• Educational impact of co-designing and co-creating TEL resources

• Analysing data gathered through co-creation activities

• Evaluation of co-creation approaches

• Institutional perspective on co-creation

• Sustainability and scalability of co-creation 


Submission procedure 


All submissions must be original and may not be under review by another publication.

The manuscripts should be submitted anonymized either in .doc or in .rtf format. 
All papers will be blindly peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers. Perspective participants are invited to submit a 8-20 pages paper (including authors' information, abstract, all tables, figures, references, etc.). 
The paper should be written according to the IxD&A authors' guidelines .

Submission page -> link
(when submitting the paper please choose the section: 'SI: Co-Creation in the Design, Development and Implementation of  TEL')

For scientific advices and for any query please contact the guest-editor:


• t [dot] treasure-jones [at]  leeds [at] ac [at] uk

• sebastian [dot] dennerlein [at] know-center [dot] at

• pantonio [at] otenet [dot] gr
• koren [at] dbis [dot] rwth-aachen [dot] de


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