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CO.Create 2016- CO.Design education and training for creative professionals
Start date: Oct 1, 2016, End date: Mar 31, 2019 PROJECT  FINISHED 

CO. Design is an approach to design attempting to actively involve all stakeholders (e.g. employees, partners, customers, citizens, end users) in the design process to help ensure the result meets their needs and is usable. CO. Design is focused on processes and procedures of design and not a design style. As more creative professionals use Co. Design, the need for students and graduates to be educated in the CO.Design process increases. According to the Eurokleis online survey (2010) there is a lack of teaching skills in that field. 69% of CCI professionals agree that entrepreneurial skills like CO.Design are not acquired during the period of education. The purpose of this project is to understand the current state of pracitic methods through a indepth SWOT analysis of best practice. Based on the findings a Co.Design Curriculum will be developed, implemented in a hands-on work based Co-Design training, which is tested in Austria, Denmark, Slovakia and Spain by trained CO-Design trainers under various socio-economic and socio-cultural context in order to make it broadly transferable to design universities and other design teaching providers. The Co-Design curriculum will take the learning outcome approach into account and will be adapted to EQF´s criteria for validation to guarantee high quality and transferability. The work based CO.Design training will be based on the following principles: learning from each other, learning from best practice, learning together and implementing the learned skills and competences into the production of real products or services co.designed by the trained designer and the user. This work based learning approach will especially assist in teaching, learning and practicing very relevant transversal skills in the CO. Design process: creativity, innovation, communication, cooperation, team work and problem solving. Produced learning materials are made available as Open educational repository. Through the application of an open common license the open learning materials are allowed to be sustainably reused, permanently reviewed and further developed through the target group of designers itself. The consortium consists of: Creative Region Linz&Upper Austria, a qualification, service and networking hub for creative professionals, Development Centre UMT, a creative industries consulting company in Denmark, Kunstuniversität Linz, a University for Art and Design in Austria, Universidade de La Iglesia de Deutsto, a University involved in the candidacy of Bilbao as a World Design Capital, Creative Industries Kosice, a creativity center in Slovakia and the European Creative and Business Network in Holland, who will link the project results to a network of 20000 creative entrepreneurs all over Europe. The working consortium is supported by 4 universities in Spain, Denmark and Slovakia to build a bridge between academia and labor market in order to produce highly labor market education and training. Needs and requirements of the target groups are implemented to the vibrant involvement of national stakeholder focus groups. CO.Create 2016 aims to produce a landscape of CO.Design best practice in participating countries and Europe, to link higher Education and labor market needs of designers and creative entrepreneurs, to produce high quality CO. Design entrepreneurial education for designers to offer them new job opportunities and economic development with a training material made available as permanently peer reviewed open educational resource and a broadly transferable CO.Design curriculum. The outputs of CO.Create 2016 will empower designers with new entrepreneurial skills in CO.Design, new competences, skills and approaches to do better business, offers them new job opportunities through work based learning and Online learning. UFG and supporting universities plan integrate the CO-Design curriculum in their master studies, creativity centers will offer new trainings on Co.Design, open educational CO.Design training material will be used on the long run.
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