ITHEPHY: Innovative Team-Teaching For Physics

Scientific Coordinator: Angelo Carbone




Sector: Higher Education

Unibo structure involved: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Unibo Team: Maximiliano Sioli, Eleonora Ciccone, Silvana Chiarini, Francesco Girotti, Barbara Vetturini.


Project Duration in months: 30
Start Date: 1/11/2017 
End Date: 30/04/2020

Budget: 368.990 euro
Unibo Budget: 82.900 euro

Coordinator: Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna (IT)

  • Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (IT),
  • Université Clermont Auvergne (FR),
  • Centre National de la recherche scientifique (FR),
  • Technische Universität Dortmund (DE),
  • Desy (DE)

Associated Partners: Institut d'Études Scientifiques de Cargèse (FR)

After the master degree in Physics the career of a graduates normally evolves in an international research context: universities, international research institutes and laboratories, and also in private industries. However, the number of students in Science, Mathematics and Computing participating to the Erasmus mobility programme is still too low considering the overall number of students enrolled in higher education on this subjects. The students therefore lack of international mind-set and experiences and indeed once graduated they find themselves introduced in international projects and research institutions without the right preparation and skills. Relevant Stakeholders such as CERN - European Organization for Nuclear Research, in which all iTHEPHY Partners daily collaborate in international research projects, suffer from this lack of internationalization of the young researchers recently graduated. The main goal of the iTHEPHY project is to provide master Physics students in Europe with the skills needed to deal with the complex nature of an international research environment. The project aims at developing innovative student-centered, Deeper Learning Approaches (DPA) and international Project-Based teaching and learning methodologies for HE students. The innovative DPA and International Project-Based learning and teaching methodologies will be produced and then tested and evaluated during simulations of real research projects in Physics, carried out by groups of students from different EU countries. Teams of high qualified European professors and researchers experienced in international research projects will drive the process, in which both students and teachers will improve their collaboration skills. The project foresees also two intensive teaching and learning activities (Summer Schools) where the pedagogical methodologies will be tested. The development of ICT-based educational tools in a customized moodle platform will support the groups of students and the teams of teachers during their DPA- and Project-Based learning and teaching, providing a productive collaborative virtual environment for an efficient learning and teaching. An additional Output is the handbook of Dynamic guided problems for a Deep Learning in Physics, consisting in a set of e-learning problems and exercises with dynamic solutions, which will help the students to develop problem-solving and critical thinking. Finally a methodological handbook Output for DPA- and Project-Based learning and teaching will be published with the aim of outlining the methodology of the project and of promoting repeatability in other master degree courses. The impact of iTHEPHY will be notable both on European and worldwide Physics communities, as iTHEPHY will give to all the persons directly or indirectly connected with the project the opportunity to increase internationalization, collaborative attitudes and HE teaching and learning quality. In addition, this project will have a great impact on the attractiveness of other partners, such relevant stakeholders like CERN, for future collaboration in strengthening the link between teaching and research in Physics.

Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union