All posts by Dr. Arturo Lavalle

About Dr. Arturo Lavalle

GUIDE Association, GLobal Universities in Distance Education Rome Italy

Workshop Eurasia 2016

The third edition of the Workshop Eurasia, which aims to analyze the leading drivers of the economic development in Asia and the opportunities for Italian companies in that region, has been held in Rome 9-10 June 2016. The event has been organized by Unindustria and AGI under the patronage of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Within this event, Guglielmo Marconi University was called to organize a thematic seminar on the opportunities given by Horizon 2020 targeting China, especially in the light of the co-funding mechanism agreed by the EU and the Chinese Government to support joint projects between European and Chinese universities, research institutions and companies.

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Collaborative learning and 3D virtual worlds: two experiences in a new didactic perspective

Nowadays teachers and trainers pay attention to the research and the experimentation of innovative pedagogical tools and approaches, such as simulation and 3D virtual world in order to improve the learning capacity of their students. Sometimes they invest time and financial resources to manage their updating courses, especially about how new technological potentialities can be exploited and integrated into their mainstream teaching methods. Also the use of different learning environments apart from the traditional class can stimulate the learning processes creating more educational opportunities and favoring the development of other approaches, such as collaborative learning.

This type of learning approach is represented by a situation where two or more individuals learn or try to learn something together aimed to the building of a common knowledge. Unlike the individual learning, people engage themselves in a collaborative learning process in order to capitalize on each other’s resources and competences. More specifically, the collaborative learning model is based on knowledge that can be constructed within a community in which members interact actively through sharing experiences and assuming asymmetric roles. In other terms, the collaborative learning refers to methodologies and specific environments where the students engage in a common task in which each individual depends on each other and is responsible for the others.

This article intends to describe two different practical experiences derived from TALETE and AVATAR projects on the use of 3D virtual worlds as learning environments to facilitate the collaborative learning among students.

Received: 6 May 2015
Revised: 15 May 2015

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GUIDE Association drives the change with new initiatives

The Association GUIDE – Global Universities in Distance Learning continues to be at the forefront of higher education modernization by implementing new initiatives for supporting innovation in all of its aspects. Thanks to its huge network made up of more than 120 members coming from all over the world, GUIDE stays up to date on international issues, new ideas and potential problems especially related to the future of open and distance learning.

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United Excellence: the new GUIDE’s platform to develop high quality university programs for advanced careers

Universities are seen as the repositories of valuable human capital and higher education as a key sector for promoting social and economic development. The accelerating shift to high-technology and information economy forces the higher education system to prepare a competent workforce to meet changing demands for labour. (…)

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GUIDE International Conference 2011: E-learning innovative models for the integration of education, technology and research

Rome, 18 – 19 November 2011

Arturo Lavalle, Università degli Studi “Guglielmo Marconi”, Rome, Italy

A brief overview

The shift from a traditional teaching model to an innovative way of providing education implies the modernization of the organizational structures within institutions and the development of ICT-mediated training processes able to efficiently merge pedagogy, technology and research.

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ICDE 23 RD World Conference. Flexible education for all: open, global, innovative

‘Educaton for all’ is one of the priorities to meet in next years, as indicated by the United Nations in the framework of the Millennium Development Goals. For achieving this particular goal, a rapid modernisation of the educational system supported by new information and communication technologies and by an increasing flexibility in the acquisition of new competencies is requested by the society, the labour market and individuals.

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