INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY, NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF ITALY (cnr), italy
The Institute of Educational Technology, National Research Council of Italy is an interdisciplinary research institute whose focus covers educational sciences and psychology, computing, as well as disciplinary subjects like computer science, maths and physics.
The main research areas the institute addresses are educational technologies for educational innovation and inclusive education (both special needs and social inclusion); social media research; game-based learning; learning design; ICT & disciplinary content (STEM, language and literacy, cultural heritage); tools, methods and innovative infrastructures for teacher education and training; new competencies for the knowledge society; models and methods for online learning; knowledge management and professional training.
Stefania Manca is Research Director at the Institute of Educational Technology of the National Research Council of Italy. She has a Master’s Degree in Education and is a PhD student in Education and ICT (e-learning). She has been active in the field of educational technology, technology-based learning, distance education and e-learning since 1995. Her research interests are social media and social network sites in formal and informal learning, teacher education, professional development, digital scholarship, and Student Voice-supported participatory practices in schools. She is currently working on a three-year research project about the use of social media for teaching and learning about the Holocaust through a learning ecologies perspective.
Donatella Persico is Research Director at CNR-ITD. She has been active in the field of educational technology since 1981. Her major research interests include learning design, e-learning, self-regulated learning, teacher training, game-based learning, learning analytics. She has been involved in several teacher training programmes as a lecturer in educational technology. She is author of educational material and scientific publications of various kinds, including books, educational software, multimedia material and research papers concerning various aspects of educational technology. She is editor of the Italian Journal of Educational Technology (formerly TD Tecnologie Didattiche).
Institute for Educational Consulting, University of Education of Weingarten, Weingarten (Germany)
Martin Rehm obtained his PhD at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. He is currently the transfer manager at the Institute for Educational Consulting at the University of Education in Weingarten, Germany. His research interests include informal learning in social media, social opportunity spaces, and applying mixed methods to assess the educational value of social media. His recent work includes a contribution to the American Journal of Education entitled “Drinking From the Firehose—The Structural and Cognitive Dimensions of Sharing Information on Twitter?”.
Susanne Haake is a postdoctoral research assistant in the Media Education and Visualization Group (MEVIS, University of Education Weingarten, Germany), an interdisciplinary research team focusing on research at Technology enhanced learning, Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and Games-based learning. She holds a doctorate in media studies from the University of Trier (Germany) on narratives and audio visual media history. She also worked for over 10 years as a media pedagogue in the context of holocaust education. Her current research focuses on analysing best practices in digital heritage context. Her interest is based on experience in using storytelling and digital media in the context of education and digital heritage.
Department of Education and Psychology, University of Florence, Florence (Italy)
The Department of Education and Psychology at the University of Florence is devoted to producing research and divulging knowledge in the sectors of schools, teaching, educational and social relations, and training. Particular interest is placed on the assessment and development of human resources in public and private organizations; on individual, relational, social and environmental wellbeing; on the development of innovation and entrepreneurship in work contexts; on organizational change analysis and development services; on building social, health and educational services based on cultural, legal and scientific evidence, and the emerging needs of civil society. The department has signed an agreement with the Tuscany Regional Education Authority on Research, Training and Development of Holocaust Education and has adhered to the memorandum signed between the University of Florence and Yad Vashem. With this commitment, it supports exchange proposals on Holocaust Education with Israeli students and researchers. In recent years, the department has hosted several international and local training courses for teaching on Holocaust Education.