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Academic Year 2017/2018

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course students: - they will know, understand and analyze the complexity of the assumptions that interact in a learning environment for adults; - they will know, understand and analyze the theoretical assumptions and debates on educational environments for lifelong learning and continuing education; - they will understand and analyze the approaches and teaching models for lifelong learning and continuing education; - they will know and be able to analyze best practices of educational interventions for the promotion of personal social and professional development; - they will understand the specific elements of teaching and Learning strategies for adults (objectives, methods, tools, resources, time, etc.., and their interdependence); - they will know how to activate synergies, for complex learning environments; - they will be able to design specific learning situation in presence and blended, related to particular educational and training contexts, in a cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary approach; - they will be able to define the necessary functionality to the learning environment in relation to the structure of communication (video conferencing, virtual classrooms, interactions with tutors, chat rooms, message boards, email, etc.); - they will be able to analyze the quality of formal learning situations and their connection with the non-formal and informal learning; - they will be able to analyze the quality of learning and teaching materials and of the educational relationships; - they will be able to recognize the characteristics of human resources appropriate for the development of a specific learning context; - they will know how to coordinate the learning and teaching activities of several trainers to achieve consistent educational processes; - they will be able to identify the training needs for their cultural and professional development.

Course contents

The course faces teaching and learning contents in the perspective of lifelong and lifewide learning. In this process, which involves individuals trough the course of their lives, it is necessary to activate appropriate strategies and tools to the goals toward which they are oriented, and the creation of conditions for the development of the real possibilities of learning as active subjects in the full exercise of responsibilities and potentialities.

The analysis of teaching and communication strategies for adults lies in a complex scenario, characterized by an increasing discontinuity in the paths of life; from the challenges of the knowledge society and the rapid dissemination of digital tools and connective and interactive forms of communication. The educational process can be considered, in fact, real "communication events" that need a new and specific communication and interpersonal skills.

Module 1 (Prof.ssa Federica Zanetti)

In the perspective of adults education, we will analyze the characteristics of the educational  formal, non-formal and informal processes, highlighting the goals due to the possibility:

- to faces the challenges of change,  mainly in economic and working contexts;
- to exercise a right of citizenship in the political, cultural and social contexts;
- to give meaning to the learning process, as innovative and creative process.

Module 2 (Prof. Luigi Guerra)

The educational challenge represented by the new tools for production and dissemination of culture will be analyzed, faced with the diffusion of new information and communication Technologies.

In particular, the course will deepen:

- the characteristics of formal, non-formal and informal formation in virtual environments;
- the design of e-learning training;
- the training issues related to the perspectives opened by MOOC and OER resources.

The course will be held in the 1st cycle, starting from September 25.


Module 1 with Prof. Zanetti

Compulsory textes for all students:

Alessandrini, G., Nuovo manuale per l'esperto dei processi formativi, Milano, Carocci, 2016

Saibene, A. (a cura di), Adriano Olivetti. Il mondo che nasce. Dieci scritti per la cultura, la politica, la societa', Roma, Comunità Editrice, 2013

Text at your choice:

De Biase, L., HOMO PLURALIS. Esseri umani nell'era tecnologica, Codice Edizioni, 2015 (acquistabile anche in formato Kindle su Amazon.it)

Priulla, G., C'è differenza. Identità di genere e linguaggi: storie, corpi, immagini e parole, Milano, Franco Angeli, 2013 (disponibile anche in E-book)

S. Rodotà, Il mondo nella rete. Quali diritti, quali vincoli?, Bari-Roma, Laterza, 2014

Module 2 with Prof. Guerra

For all students:

Ferrari, L. (2015). Costruire esperienze didattiche di online collaborative learning. Parma: edizioni junior.

Guerra L., L'elaborazione didattica di Learning Objects, «RICERCHE DI PEDAGOGIA E DIDATTICA», 2006, 1. Disponibile all'indirizzo: https://rpd.unibo.it/article/view/1473  

Sorrentino, F.; Pettenati, M. C., Digital collaboration: forme sociali in evoluzione. Form@re - Open Journal per la formazione in rete, [S.l.], v. 14, n. 1, p. 128-176, mar. 2014. ISSN 1825-7321. Disponibile all'indirizzo: http://www.fupress.net/index.php/formare/article/view/14762  

For non-attending students, add the following book:

Fini, A., Cicognini, M.E. (a cura di) (2009). Web 2.0 e social networking. Nuovi paradigmi per la formazione. Trento: Centro Studi Erickson.


Erasmus students are kindly request to contact Prof. Federica Zanetti to agree with her a specific programme.


Teaching methods

The course is based on a participatory and active teaching approach. The classroom becomes a place more and more focused on teaching methods and strategies able to encourage and facilitate the learning process in their link with the territory, with what's beyond the classroom. Lectures will be integrated by deepening classes and active role of the students in the analysis of the problems and innovative experiences. Students will be involved through discussions, case studies (also presented as privileged witnesses and experts), cooperative group-works.

Assessment methods

The exam will consist of an oral and individual examination (with a vote expressed in thirtieths).

Teaching tools

During the lectures, videos, PC video projectors and material for teamwork will be used. The lectures will be integrated with documentaries and films and deepening classes.

Office hours

See the website of Federica Zanetti

See the website of Luigi Guerra