T-CREPE: Textile Engineering for Co-creation Paradigms in Education

Erasmus+ Knowledge Alliance funded by the European Union

The core of T-CREPE is the development of an innovative web-based platform to support co-creation-based learning (a design based learning methodology), with a particular focus on entrepreneurship. In T-CREPE co-creation cases diverse student teams, together with stakeholders, develop solutions for real life problems from society or industry.

The aim of the Erasmus+ ‘T-CREPE’ project (November 2019 – April 2023) is to develop an innovative web-based, open-source platform to support co-creation-based learning and coaching in remote teaching environments with a focus on entrepreneurship (in textile design engineering). The platform is based on the constructionist learning theory and the principle of game-based learning.

The project strives to address two problems that limit the impact of design projects at the university:

  • the huge effort needed for adequate coaching between teachers and students, and
  • the commercial under-exploitation of students’ ideas for innovative products and/or services.

By utilising the Design Thinking methodology, student teams together with stakeholders co-develop solutions for real life problems from within society and/or industry through play. The project sets out to make coaching and learning for university students and educators more effective, playful and time-efficient.

The platform uses the metaphor of an imaginary planet to represent the journey students take to understand, experiment, define, develop and deliver solutions for a design project. Student teams are invited to engage in a co-creative process through the semantics of Continents (phases), Countries (concepts), and Cities (tools) on an e-learning environment.

The project has created concrete results that have been and can continue to be used, such as the Planet Platform with all the educational games, altogether 102, created on it. During the project, 15 courses have used the Planet platform, and they can continue to use it after the project.

Ghent University (CTSE + Design.nexus) is coordinating the project. The other project partners are: University of West-Attica (UNIWA, GR), Lappeenranta University (LUT, FI), University of Athens (NKUA, GR), EuraMaterials (FR), Richter and Partners (R+P, DE), TexMind (DE), Knitronix (IT).

Further information

Visit the Planet platform via www.cocreationplanet.eu

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Co-funded by the erasmus+ programme of the european union

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Prof. dr. ir Lieva Van Langenhove (Lieva.VanLangenhove@ugent.be)