Università degli Studi Guglielmo Marconi
Università degli Studi Guglielmo Marconi – USGM is the 1st Athenaeum in Italy, established in 2004 by the Ministry of University & Research, following the Open University model. USGM adopts an innovative learning methodology merging e-learning, m-learning and t-learning solutions to meet the different learning needs. 16.000 students are enrolled in 6 Schools: Business, Law, Political Sciences, Applied Sciences & Technologies, Arts, Education Science.
USGM adopts innovating learning modalities by developing suitable research strategies for most advanced technological solutions and by integrating non-residential communication means (e-learning, chat, forum, videoconference, etc.) with seminar activities (workshops, seminars, etc.). The Open University model represents a driving factor within the information society, able to have strategic functions in professional training, knowledge production and spreading of digital culture.
The main virtual environment for contents delivering is Virtual C@Mpus Platform, an Integrated Multimodal System which integrates the following tools: mobile/mp3 players, personal computer, e-book, television (web TV Marconi Channel). Marconi Studios http://www.marconistudios.it/ includes 2000 square metres, 5 TV studios, audio and post production rooms, voice and recording studios in order to create thousands of different virtual scenarios.
Marconi University founded in 2005, GUIDE Association http://www.guideassociation.org/ – Global Universities In Distance Education – with the aim to develop and support international cooperation and open and distance learning worldwide.
The Research & Development (R&D) Department of Marconi University has extensive experience as applicant and partner in various National and European projects in terms of coordinating, developing e-learning, m-learning and intelligent agent technology. Furthermore USGM has been involved for years in the field of OERs, STEM and interactive online educational resources. Following, some European Projects recently funded:
EMPLOY “Digital Skills for Employability and Social Inclusion”. Years: 2015-2017. EU Programme: Erasmus+, Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices (Strategic Partnership).
ACADEMICA “Accessibility and Harmonization of Higher Education through curriculums’ modernization and development in the Partner Countries from Central Asia”. Years: 2015-2018. EU Programme: Erasmus+, Capacity-building projects in the field of higher education (Joint Project).
ISE ”Large Scale Experimentation Scenarios to Mainstream eLearning in Science, Mathematics and Technology in Primary and Secondary Schools”. Years: 2013 – 2016. EU Programme: CIP – Competitive and Innovation Framework – ICT
eQTel “Enhancing Quality of Technology-Enhanced Learning at Jordanian Universities”. Years: 2013 – 2016. EU Programme: TEMPUS IV – Structural Measures – Governance Reform
UNIFHY “Unique Gasifier for Hydrogen Production”. Years: 2012 – 2016. EU Programme: Seventh Framework Programme (2007-2013) – FCH-JU
TALETE “Teaching mAths through innovative LEarning approach and contents” Years: 2011 -2013. EU Programme: Lifelong Learning Programme – Comenius Multilateral Project
OPORTUNIDAD “Open Educational Practices: a bottom-up approach in Latin America and Europe to develop a common Higher Education Area”. Years: 2010 -2014. EU Programme: ALFA III
UC-CROWD “Universities-Companies Crowdsourcing”. Year: 2013 – 2015. EU Programme: Lifelong Learning Programme (Erasmus Multilateral Project)
ARTURO LAVALLE Director of the Research & Development Department at the Università degli Studi Guglielmo Marconi. He obtained his degree in Modern Languages and Literatures in 2002. He also received two master degrees, one in Economy and Management of Cultural Heritage in 2005 and the other in Project Cycle Management in 2006. Currently works as director of the R&DDepartment and he is actively involved in the process of internationalization of the university as well as in the promotion and advance of the Association GUIDE – Global Universities in Distance Education. He is author of the USGMs European Language Portfolio accredited by the Council of Europe on 2 February 2011 and author and co-author of various publications concerning the application of ICT to education and the internationalization of industrial clusters.
SUSANNA CORRENTI Researcher and project coordinator at the Università degli Studi Guglielmo Marconi. She graduated in Psychology in 1996. From 1997 to 2004 she worked as psychologist (guidance counselling, individual interviews, inventory of skills, guidance training) and trainer in communication, team work, vocational guidance and HR development (evaluation of skills and potential). Since 2000 she has been working in the framework of EU projects. Currently, as senior project coordinator and researcher she is responsible for the project tasks undertaken and reporting, project financial accounting, budgeting and forecasting. She manages and participates to international meetings conferences holding presentation and speech. She is also authors of papers and scientific articles on several research areas such as problem based learning and cooperative learning, virtual learning environments, distance learning approaches and ICT tools, university- business cooperation models.