Up-Scaling Creative Classrooms in Europe (SCALE CCR)

Starting date: December 2011    Duration: 18 months  

Client: European Commission, Directorate General for Education and Culture, Unit A3 - Skills and Qualifications

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The main objectives of the SCALE CCR project as a whole were:

  • to define and classify "ICT-enabled innovation for learning" across a range of settings and participants, including groups of learners and teachers/instructors at system level, both within and outside formal education settings
  • to develop the concept of Creative Classrooms (CCR) and the related reference parameters for pilot initiatives in up-scaling CCR
  • to identify and analyse the implementation strategies of a number of effective ICT-enabled innovations for learning at system level in order to bring to the surface commonalities of purpose, scope and conditions for sustained impact
  • to propose concrete policy recommendations for the further development and sustainable mainstreaming of CCR in Education and Training (E&T) across Europe

SCALE CCR is expected to contribute to several actions under the Europe 2020 Flagship "Digital Agenda for Europe", in particular Objective 4 on "Creativity and Innovation", as well as the Flagships "Innovation Agenda", and "Youth on the move".
The project has relevant links with the JRC-IPTS projects on Digital Competence (DIGCOMP) and Open Educational Resources in Europe (OEREU).

Main Outcomes:

A mapping framework of ICT-enabled innovation for learning:

In the context of SCALE CCR project, the term ICT-enabled innovation for learning refers to profoundly new ways of using and creating information and knowledge made possible by the use of ICT, dealing with both formal and informal learning in school settings and in adult education. Elaborating on existing classifications and models of innovation, we have come to adhere to a mapping framework of five components that address key perspectives that are relevant for the purpose of the SCALE CCR project.

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The Creative Classrooms concept and reference parameters:

The CCR multi-dimensional concept (8 key dimensions and 28 reference parameters) intends to capture the essential elements of Creative Classrooms which can be seen as 'live ecosystems' that constantly evolve over the time, mainly depending on the context and the culture to which they pertain. Focus is on the innovative pedagogical practices and on the systemic approach that is needed for the sustainable implementation and progressively scaling up of ICT-enabled innovative learning environments. See more at the related journal paper and report


A set of policy recommendations for mainstreaming of systemic, ICT-enabled innovations in Education and Training (E&T)


A set of policy recommendations clustered into seven dimensions was developed during the project lifetime advocating a holistic agenda for education reform. The seven dimensions (referring to the SCALE CCR multi-dimensional concept) and the number of related recommendations are the following:

The recommendations were collected throughout the whole SCALE CCR project and were based on several consultations with educational stakeholders. See more at the JRC Scientific and Policy Report. 



Project Leader 
Yves Punie - Yves.Punie@ec.europa.eu

Project team
Panagiotis Kampylis - Panagiotis.Kampylis@ec.europa.eu
Barbara Brečko - Barbara.Brecko@ec.europa.eu
(with initial contributions from Stefania Bocconi, now at the Italian Institute for Educational Technology, bocconi@itd.cnr.it)