Call for eLearning Papers on the European Year of Creativity and Innovation 2009


In order to contribute to the European Year of Creativity and Innovation 2009 eLearning Papers launches a call for papers on innovation and creativity in learning. The papers may address themes such as open innovation and learning, innovative learning concepts and empowering peer networks. The deadline for article submission is 12 January 2009.

There are numerous definitions of innovation. It is understood in many different ways in scientific and professional discourses, not to mention the colloquial use and over-use of the term in business, media and politics. Similar exploitation applies to the term creativity. Globalization of knowledge, and the subsequent dissemination of concepts and best practices, are turning the working and learning cultures more innovative. On a European scale, competitiveness cannot be reached without competence development throughout the educational systems and working life. This requires a committed change towards passionate learning. We need and welcome a continuous debate over the concepts and the phenomena which link learning, ICT development and innovation.

To encourage creativity, the concept of innovation should be traced back to economy, technology and sociology, from where it has spread across other fields of research and professional practice. A common criterion for calling any phenomenon "innovation" is that it has to have some novelty and economic exploitability. Creativity stemming from psychology has a clear humanistic not-for-profit connotation.

There is, however, a double bind between these concepts. There is no innovation without creativity and creativity will not be fully benefited unless the fruits of creative activities can also be spread and exploited through business and other societal interaction mechanisms. Therefore, putting these concepts together under the loop could create fertile juxtapositions and clashes which we would like to solicit in this special issue of eLearning Papers dedicated to "Creativity and Innovation". Particularly when addressing such an exciting polarity, we would not want to be restrictive in defining subthemes. Nevertheless the following might help to narrow down your foci:

  1. Open innovation and learning
  2. Creative coalitions redefining innovation systems in higher education and working life
  3. Empowering peer networks in knowledge creation, sharing and exploitation
  4. Towards true knowledge economies and increased productivity through networking and innovative working life practices
  5. Different innovative learning concepts and practices
  6. Sustainable innovation supported by conceptualized learning
  7. Global value networks and technology enhanced learning

Article guidelines
Please consult the eLearning Papers website for the full guidelines:

  • Language: English
  • Length: Full texts of 2,000 – 6,000 words
  • Executive summary of 250-320 words
  • Keywords (3-6 descriptive keywords)
  • Tables, pictures and figures if necessary
  • References according to the guidelines
  • Author’s short bio, contact information and picture must be provided

The deadline for article submissions is January 12, 2009.
Provisional publishing date is April 28, 2009.
For further information and to submit your article, please contact:

Guest Editor: Markku Markkula, Director of the Lifelong Learning Institute Dipoli at the Helsinki University of Technology

Supported by the Learnovation Project Consortium



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