Published January 1, 2020 | Version Preprint
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The Assessment Scale for Creative Collaboration (ASCC) Validation and Reliability Study

  • 1. Cyprus Interaction Lab, Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts, Cyprus University of Technology, 30 Archbishop Kyprianou Str. 3036 Limassol, Cyprus
  • 2. School of Computer Science & Informatics, Cardiff University, Cardiff, CF24 3AA, UK


Creativity, a primary academic objective, is crucial in higher education, as economic, informational, societal and environmental advancements rely on people’s ability to innovate. Creativity is widely investigated in its individualistic form, yet there is a notable dearth in work that studies its collective dimension, from a learning perspective.
This study focuses on validating the psychometric properties of an existing instrument (ASCC), by measuring creative collaboration in blended learning settings. Two hundred and thirty six under and post-graduate students self-evaluated their creative collaboration experiences, using the ASCC instrument. The findings of exploratory factor analysis denote a three-factor (21-item) structure, measuring ‘Synergistic Social Collaboration’, ‘Distributed Creativity’, and ‘Time Regulation and Achievement’, with good internal consistency.
An instrument with valid psychometric properties for the assessment of creative collaboration is much-needed in the growing research and practitioners’ community. This is critical in the fields of Design, HCI and Engineering, that rely extensively on the creative collaboration (online and offline) of teams to develop innovative products that are suitable for real-world purposes.


This work has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No 739578 and the Government of the Republic of Cyprus through the Directorate General for European Programmes, Coordination and Development.


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RISE – Research Center on Interactive Media, Smart System and Emerging Technologies 739578
European Commission