Curriculum Vitae Paolo Ferri

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Paolo Maria Ferri is Associate Professor the Faculty of Educational Sciences of University of Milano-Bicocca-Department of Epistemology and Hermeneutics of Education (Disciplinar sector M-PED/03- Eductional studies). From a.y. 2001/2002 is regular teacher of the Course in "Theory and application of New Media" in the Faculty of Educational Sciences, in the Degree in "Intercultural Communication" and "Primary Educational Sciences", of the Course in "Educational Methodologies and Technologies 2" (a.y 2004/2005) in the Second Level Degree in Adults' education and organizations' consulence and has tought (a.y.2003/2004) Sociology of Media, in the Second Level Degree in Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences. Among his appointments:
-member of Teaching Staff of international and interdisciplinary PHD about "Society of information" of University Milano-Bicocca ( Coordinator Professor Guido Martinotti);
-Member of the Academic Board for the Estabilishment of a Multimedial Design and Production Center ;
-From 2004, member of E-learning Board of University Milan-Bicocca, that coordinates e-learning activities of the University;
-From 2005, member of University Press Board of University Milan-Bicocca, that aims at creating a publishing house within the University;
-Professor at SILSIS ( Qualifying School for Secondary Teaching in Lombardia)- Milan Section ( 8 hours, subject: Teaching Technologies);
-member of Italian Society for E-learning(www.sie-1.it);
-member of Board of Directors of I.UL. pool (INDIRE, University of Florence , University of Macerata , University of Palermo , University of Rome-LUMSA );
-member of Coordination Board (responsible for technologic area) and professor in master's degree "Expert in education, researchand development of human resources. Methodologies and technologies in education and people's management."
Areas of research: As regards scientific activity, he's expert in didactical technologies and theory and practices of new media. He has analysed thoroughly multimedial and educational didactics, through off-line and on-line digital tools, and the difficoult relations among new digital technologies, educational and social sciences. He has gone into new hypermedial methods of transmission of knowledge, both from epistemologicl and techological point of view.
He has been interested in the following research spheres:
a. Technics and use of informatics in different didactical and educational contexts: school, university, teachers' and adults'
education, with special attention to didactical, technological and organizative design of web "sites" and "portals", thought for education, Computer Supplied Collaborative Learning (CSCL) and Computer Supplied Collaborative Working (CSCW).
b. E-learning and distance teaching, with special attention to didactical and learning design. He has been member of a research team who has developed an international research about "Life history of E-learning", coordinated by Professor Raoul C.D. Nacamulli, whose results have been presented in the book La formazione, il cemento e la rete. E-learning, management delle conoscenze e processi di sviluppo organizzativo (ETAS 2003). In collaboration with IULM University in Milan and University Humanities Lab has developed the projects: Virtual Classes and Web Academy .
c. the impact of digital revolution and new communication technologies on epistemological paradigms and on the practices of didactics and education.
d. Theories of hypertext and hypermedia and the analysis of epistemological changes that "written text" and the modalities of editing, use and critical interpretation can undergo moving from written to digital writing space;
e. Theoretical and practical problems in the shift from traditional to multimedial publishing: digital coding and filing, multimedial design and production, new professional figures in relation to the market.
Running research projects in Department of Educational Epistemology and Ermeneutics in Faculty of Educational sciences of University Milan-Bicocca:
-Coordinator of a research team, headed by Professor Susanna Mantovani, that is developing the research " Computer, children and adults: experiences and representations", with the funds of IBM ITALIA Foundation. It analyses from a qualitative point of view the approach and first usage of digital technologies by pre-school and school age children (2-6 years) and the changes they introduce in learning and cognitive schemes, finding also educational paths for operators and teachers in early childhood school. First results of this research have been presented during the international workshop "Bambini e Computer. Le nuove tecnologie a scuola e in famiglia" ( Children and computer. New technologies at school and in family), organized by Faculty of Educational Sciences of University Milan-Bicocca and IBM ITALIA Foundation, "Dal Verme" Teather ,Via San Giovanni sul Muro, 2 - Milan, March 4th
2005. Speakers: Augusto Chioccariello, Jane Healy, Giuseppe O. Longo, Tom�s Maldonado, Langdon Winner, Research Group of University Milan-Bicocca.
He coordinates, with Professor Mantovani and Professor Nacamulli, pilot e-learning project of Faculty of Educational Sciences of University Milan-Bicocca, financed by University in 2005 and 2006, "FORTECH. Ricerca e sperimentazione di metodologie e pratiche di integrazione tra didattica frontale e tecnologie digitali della formazione" (Research and sperimentation of methodologies
and practices of integration between frontal didactics and educational digital technologies". The project aims at developing and e-learning system based on open source technologies (adaptation of platform Docebo LMS),corresponding with cross-media standards of Ministerial Decree Moratti-Stanca, and oriented to a experimentation about the methods of integration between frontal and technological didactics, within some piolt courses in Degrees of Faculty of Educational Sciences.
From a.y. 2004/2005 he coordinates with Professor Anolli, the Laboratory of Pedagogical and Psychological Experimentation. This Laboratory, that has 12 pc and 3 servers and is integrated in University laboratory, is used for researches about digital technologies in learning and psychology of communication; it is thought for teachers, phd students and final year students who take part to research projects about these subjects.
He has been scientific coordinator of the research "Interattivit�: quale appeal? Una ricerca qualitativa sui modelli di e.content e "multicanalit�" (Interactivity: which appeal? A qualitative research on e-content and cross-media models) ordered by Assolombarda for Cenacolo Prize.

  

Paolo Maria Ferri's Curriculum

Scientific and Teaching activity

Paolo Maria Ferri was born in Milan December 1st, 1963. In the school year 1981-82 he was awarded his high school diploma (classical studies) with full marks (60/60) at the high school A. Manzoni in Milan. He graduated summa cum laude in Philosophical Studies March 22, 1988 from the Faculty of Humanities and Philosophy of the University of Milan (Thesis title: Money and Experience in the philosophy of money of Georg Simmel. Supervisor: Professor Laura Boella).

 

Academic and didactic activity

Academic year 2006-2007

Associate Professor at the Faculty of Educational Sciences of the University of Milan - Bicocca, Department of Human Sciences for Education �Riccardo Massa�. (http://www.formazione.unimib.it/persona.asp?idPersone=8)

Professor of the following courses:

a. Educational Technologies (64 hours), Undergraduate Degree Course in Educational Sciences. Course title: Digital training as mainspring of innovation for businesses and educational institutions.

c. New Media: Theories and Techniques (60 hours), Degree Course in Science of Primary Education. Course title: The digital school, myths and opportunities. Theories, methods and implementations of digital teaching.

d. Education Methodologies and Techniques II, Graduate Degree Course in Adults Education and Business Consulting. Course title: Blended learning as mainspring of change

All courses are part of the e-Learning Pilot Project (coordinated by Paolo Ferri) of the Faculty of Education on the platform http://docebo.unimib.it. The courses feature both face-to-face lectures and on‑line blended learning activities (see the Research Projects section).

e. Professor of the Computer Science Workshop and Training at the Telematic University IUL (Italia University Line - I.UL. Consortium composed of INDIRE, University of Florence, University of Macerata, University of Palermo, LUMSA University in Rome).

f. Professor of the Postgraduate Course The e-Tutor in on-line learning environments at the Telematic university IUL  (Italia University Line - I.UL. Consortium composed of INDIRE, University of Florence, University of Macerata, University of Palermo, LUMSA University in Rome, www.iuline.it).

g. Scientific Director and Professor of the For Tutor Training Course

The objective of the course is to give 200 professors and 100 ATA staff members (Administrative and Technical Assistants) the chance to receive an effective training in the dynamics of on-line tutoring and in the use of digital technologies in education.

The course aims at training tutors for each school involved, someone who is both an academic point of reference and an active staff member to be employed in the next on-line training courses which have already been scheduled by USR (Lombardy School Office), the Ministry of Education and INDIRE (National Agency for the Development of School Autonomy).

The USR has entrusted the task to the University of Milan - Bicocca and Universit� Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, both universities having been involved for two years in the tutor training project for on-line education  (for ATA staff members and professors) organized by USR Lombardy and having the specific expertise.

The three formative pathways or modules (basic, intermediate, advanced) will be held in sequential order and in blended form (classroom + tutored on-line platform). They will include two face-to-face lessons (8+8 hours), one at the beginning and one at the end of each module consisting of a total of 30 hours of on‑line tutoring on the platform provided by INDIRE. The University of Milan - Bicocca and Universit� Cattolica del Sacro Cuore will each cover the cost of 8 hours of face-to-face lessons and 15 hours of tutoring for each module.

Our University will therefore provide 24 hours of face-to-face lessons and 45 hours of tutoring.

At the University of Milan - Bicocca, face-to-face lessons will be held by Paolo Ferri and Andrea Garavaglia, on-line tutoring by Livia Petti and Francesca Bossi.

1.   Since 2007 he  has been an OCDE Expert (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) for the New Millennium Learners International Project. The aim of the project is to study a new approach to learning and knowledge management among young generations which is profoundly influenced by the interaction of children and teenagers with information technologies. The main research topics are:         

- understanding who the New Millennium Learners are and what their new learning styles are

- determining whether the NML case touches all OCSE countries and identifying those factors which can account for the differences among different countries and within single countries themselves

- identifying the challenges for education posed by NMLs and understanding how this new generation of pupils can affect school practices

- what educational policies must be developed at European and international level to meet NMLs� needs and what are the implications of such educational policies ?

http://www.oecd.org/document/10/0,2340,en_2649_201185_38358154_1_1_1_1,00.html  

2.      Professor of Digital Communication (20 hours) for the Integrated Course in Pedagogy, Psychology and General Sociology at the Postgraduate Course in Distance Teaching applied to Medicine of the University of Milan, in partnership with the Universities of Ancona, Catania, Catanzaro, Bari, Ferrara, Genoa, Milan, Naples II, Piemonte Orientale, Pisa and La Sapienza University in Rome.

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3.      Faculty member of the PhD in Information Society, PhD Course: Technologies for communication and information applied to the Knowledge Society and to educational processes of the University of Milan - Bicocca (Coordinator: Professor Guido Martinotti) www.quasi.unimib.it.

4.      Visiting Professor from August until September 2005 at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, at the CSI and the Department of Italian Studies.

5.      He is Vice-president of the University Center for Multimedia Production and Design.

6.      Since 2004 he has been member of the e-Learning Committee of the University of Milan - Bicocca which coordinates the University�s e-learning activities.

7.      Professor at the SILSIS (Lombard Postgraduate Inter-University School for Secondary Teaching) - Milan Section (8 hours � subject: Educational Technologies).

8.      Professor of the Postgraduate Course Design and Management of Training Facilities and Systems of the State�s Police at Universit� Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan.

9.      Member of the Association for Information Systems (www.aisnet.org) and of its Italian section ITAIS.

10.  Member of the Italian Society of e-Learning (www.sie-l.it) and of the editorial staff of its magazine.

11.  He has been one of the co-founders of the virtual community of files (www.elesociety.org) fostered by the Faculty of Educational Sciences of  the University of Milan - Bicocca and the IBM Foundation.

12.  He represents the University of Milan - Bicocca as member of the Boards of Directors of the I.UL. Consortium (INDIRE, University of Florence, University of Macerata, University of Palermo, LUMSA University in Rome), the Telematic University IUL (Italia University Line) and the Istituto Universitario IUL (www.iuline.it).

13.  In agreement with the Fondazione Scuole Civich eof Milan he held a course for the teachers and staff members of Scuole Civiche titled Teaching in the Web Era (20  hours), focusing on the fundamentals of technology use in teaching.

He is reviewer for the American magazine International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction (IJHCI) (http://ijhc.edmgr.com) and member of the editorial staff as well as reviewer of the Je-lks magazine (Journal of e-Learning and Knowledge Society) published by SIe-L (Italian Society of e-Learning, www.SieL.it).

   Academic Year 2005-2006

1.      Since October 1st, 2005 he has been working as Associate Professor at the Faculty of Educational Sciences of  the University of Milan - Bicocca - Department of Human Sciences for Education �Riccardo Massa� (http://www.formazione.unimib.it/persona.asp?idPersone=8).

2.      Professor of the following courses: 

a. Educational Technologies (66 hours), Undergraduate Degree Course in Educational Sciences. Course title: Digital training as mainspring of innovation for businesses and educational institutions.

b. New Media: Theories and Techniques (72 hours), Undergraduate Degree Course in Science of Intercultural Communication. Course title: Cross-mediality and communication techniques in the Era of  Digital Revolution

c. New Media: Theories and Techniques (60 hours), Degree Course in Science of Primary Education. Course title: The digital school, myths and opportunities. Theories, methods and implementations of digital teaching.

d. Educational Methodologies and Techniques II, Graduate Degree Course in Adults Education and Business Consulting. Course title: Blended learning as mainspring of change.

All courses are part of the e-Learning Pilot Project of the Faculty of Educational Sciences (coordinated by Paolo Ferri) on the platform http://docebo.unimib.it. The courses feature both face-to-face lectures and on‑line blended learning activities (see the Research Projects Section).

g. Professor of Digital Communication (20 hours) for the Integrated Course in Pedagogy, Psychology and General Sociology at the Postgraduate Course in Distance Teaching applied to Medicine of the University of Milan, in partnership with the Universities of Ancona, Catania, Catanzaro, Bari, Ferrara, Genoa, Milan, Naples II, Piemonte Orientale, Pisa and La Sapienza University in Rome (hdttp://www.miur.it/0006Menu_C/0013Eventi/0016Comuni/04722001/1203PROGET.htm).

3.      Faculty Member of the PhD in Information Society, PhD Course Technologies for communication and information applied to the Knowledge Society and to educational processes of the University of Milan - Bicocca (Coordinator: Professor Guido Martinotti) www.quasi.unimib.it.

4.      He is Vice-president of the Commission for the Creation of a University Center for Multimedia Production and Design.

5.      Since 2004 he has been member of the e-Learning Committee of the University of Milan ‑ Bicocca which coordinates the University�s e-learning activities

6.      Since 2005 he has been member of the University Press Commission of the University of Milan ‑ Bicocca doing a feasibility study of a University�s Publishing House.

7.      Professor at the SILSIS (Lombard Postgraduate Inter-university School for Secondary Teaching) - Milan Section (8 hours � subject: Educational Technologies).

8.      Member of the Association for Information Systems (www.aisnet.org) and of its Italian section ITAIS.

9.      Member of the Italian Society of e-Learning (www.sie-l.it) and of the editorial staff of its magazine.

10.  He has been one of the co-founders of the virtual training community (www.elesociety.org) fostered b the Faculty of Educational Sciences of the University of Milan - Bicocca and the IBM Foundation.  

11.  As representative of the University of Milan - Bicocca University he is member of the Boards of Directors of the I.UL.  Consortium (INDIRE, University of Florence, University of Macerata, University of Palermo, LUMSA University in Rome), of the Telematic University IUL (Italia University Line) and of the Istituto Universitario IUL (www.iuline.it).

12.  In agreement with the Fondazione Scuole Civiche of Milan, he held a course for the teachers and  the staff members of Scuole Civiche titled Teaching in the Web Era (20  hours), focusing on the fundamentals of technology use in teaching.

13.  He is reviewer for the American magazine International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction (IJHCI) (http://ijhc.edmgr.com) and member of the editorial staff as well as reviewer of the Je-lks magazine (Journal of e-Learning and Knowledge Society) published by SIe-L (Italian Society of e-Learning, www.SieL.it).

Academic Year 2004-2005

1. Confirmed researcher at the Faculty of Educational Sciences of the University of Milan - Bicocca - Department of Epistemology and Educational Hermeneutics  (Disciplinary Sector SPS/08 - Sociology of Cultural and Communicative Processes).

2. Professor of �New Media: Theories and Techniques� at the Faculty of Educational Sciences of the University of Milan - Bicocca, Degree Course in Communication Sciences. Course title (36 hours): The End for Mass Media. Communication forms, tools, methods and markets in the Era of Digital Revolution. The course features a virtual complement on the platform http://docebo.unimib.it based on the Complex learning mode.

3. Professor of �New Media: Theories and Techniques� at the Faculty of Educational Sciences of the University of Milan - Bicocca, as part of the Course in Science of Primary Education. Course title (60 hours): Children and computers: methods and practices of e-Learning in kindergarten and primary school teaching. The course features a virtual complement on the platform http://docebo.unimib.it based on the Complex learning mode.

4. Professor of the Course in Methodologies and Technologies for Education at the Faculty of Educational Sciences of the University of Milan - Bicocca, Graduate Degree Course in Adults Education and Business Consulting (30 hours). Course title: Methodologies and Technologies for Education: designing business training using the new technologies. The course features a virtual complement on the platform http://docebo.unimib.it based on the Complex learning mode.

7. Faculty Member of the PhD in Information Society, PhD Course Technologies for communication and information applied to the Knowledge Society and to educational processes of the University of Milan - Bicocca (Coordinator: Professor Guido Martinotti) www.quasi.unimib.it.

7b. He is member of the Commission for the creation of a University Center for Multimedia Production and Design.

 

8. Since 2004 he has been member of the e-Learning Committee of the University of Milan - Bicocca which coordinates the University�s e-learning activities.

 

9. Since 2005 he has been member of the University Press Commission of the University of Milan - Bicocca doing a feasibility study of a University�s Publishing House.

9. Professor at the SILSIS (Lombard Postgraduate Inter-university School for Secondary Teaching) - Milan Section (8 hours � subject: Educational Technologies).

10. Member of the Italian Association of Sociology (www.ais.it).

11. Member of the Association for Information Systems (www.aisnet.org) and of its Italian section ITAIS.

12. Member of the Italian Society of e-Learning (www.sie-l.it).

13. He is one of the co-founders of the virtual training community (www.elesociety.org) fostered by the Faculty of Educational Sciences of the University of Milan - Bicocca and the IBM Foundation.

14. He represents the University of Milan - Bicocca as member of the Board of Directors of the I.UL. Consortium (INDIRE, University of Florence, University of Macerata, University of Palermo, LUMSA University in Rome). 

    Academic Year 2003-2004

1. Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Educational Sciences of the University of Milan - Bicocca, Department of Epistemology and Educational Hermeneutics (Disciplinary Sector SPS/08 - Sociology of Cultural and Communicative Processes).

2. Professor of the Course �New Media: Theories and Techniques� at the Faculty of Educational Sciences of the University of Milan - Bicocca, Degree Course in Communication Sciences. Course title (36 hours): Digital publishing and content management. Communication forms, tools, methods and markets in the Era of Digital Revolution.

3. Professor of �New Media: Theories and Techniques� at the Faculty of Educational Sciences of the University of Milan - Bicocca, as part of the Course in Science of Primary Education. Course title (30 hours): Digital learning: methods and practices of e-Learning.

4. Professor of Sociology of the Media at the Faculty of Educational Sciences of the University of Milan - Bicocca, Graduate Degree Course in Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences. Course title (36 hours): Subjectivity forms  in the Era of Digital Revolution. The course features a virtual complement on the web site http://ariel.ctu.unimi.it/corsi/socioMedia based on the Complex learning mode.

5. Member of the Coordinating Committee (in charge of the technological area) and Professor of the Postgraduate Course Expert in the training, search and development of human resources. Methodologies and technologies of education and human resources management (40 hours). As member of the Coordinating Committee, he did the following: Preparation: Preliminary market and requirements analysis, Determining user�s profile, Conceiving and designing the Intervention, Participants� selection and orientation; Implementation: teaching and co-teaching; Management and Evaluation: project coordinator

6. Professor of the Postgraduate Course MIU-PhD in Humanistic Computer Science of the Faculty of Science - Department of Computer Systems and Communications of the University of Milan - Bicocca - (10 hours - subject: Epistemology of Complex Systems).

7. Faculty Member of the PhD in Information Society, PhD Course Technologies for communication and information applied to the Knowledge Society and to educational processes of the University of Milan - Bicocca (Coordinator: Professor Guido Martinotti) www.quasi.unimib.it.

8. Professor at the SILSIS (Lombard Postgraduate Inter-university School for Secondary Teaching) - Milan Section (8 hours � subject: Educational Technologies).

9. Member of the Italian Association of Sociology (www.ais.it).

10. Member of the Association for Information Systems (www.aisnet.org) and of its Italian section ITAIS.

11. Member of the Italian Society of e-Learning (www.sie-l.it).

12. He is one of the co-founders of the virtual training community (www.elesociety.org) fostered by the Faculty of Educational Sciences of the University of Milan - Bicocca and the IBM Foundation.

 

 Academic Year  2002-2003

1. Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Educational Sciences of the University of Milan - Bicocca, Department of Epistemology and Educational Hermeneutics  (Disciplinary Sector SPS/08 - Sociology of Cultural and Communicative Processes).

2. Professor of the Course �New Media: Theories and Techniques� at the Faculty of Educational Sciences of the University of Milan - Bicocca, Degree Course in Communication Sciences. Course title (60 hours): Digital publishing and content management. Communication forms, tools, methods and markets in the Era of Digital Revolution.

3. Professor of �New Media: Theories and Techniques� at the Faculty of Educational Sciences of the University of Milan - Bicocca, as part of the Course in Science of Primary Education. Course title (60 hours): Theories, methodologies and applications of �digital teaching�: from distance learning to e‑Learning and blended-learning.

4. Professor of the Postgraduate Course MIU-PhD in Humanistic Computer Science of the Faculty of Science - Department of  Computer Systems and Communication of the University of Milan - Bicocca �  (10 hours - subject: Web Systems and Web Quality).

5. Professor at the SILSIS (Lombard Postgraduate Inter-university School for Secondary Teaching) - Milan Section (4 hours - subject: Educational Technologies)

And:

6. He held 4 seminars on the �Fundamentals of Digital Technology� and the �Description and Techniques of the New Media� at the Chair of English Language and Literature III of the Free University of Languages and Communication IULM in Milan (Professor Patrizia Nerozzi Bellman).

   Academic Year 2001-2002

 

1. Since Ottobre 1st, 2001 he has been assistant professor at the Faculty of Educational Sciences of the University of Milan - Bicocca, Department of Epistemology and Educational Hermeneutics  (Disciplinary Sector SPS/08 - Sociology of Cultural and Communicative Processes).

2. Professor of �New Media: Theories and Techniques� at the Faculty of Educational Sciences of the University of Milan - Bicocca, Degree Course in Communication Sciences. Course title: From atoms to bits. Languages and Epistemology of the new media.

3. Professor of the Postgraduate Course MIU-PhD in Humanistic Computer Science of the Faculty of Science - Department of Computer Systems and Communication of the University of Milan - Bicocca (40 hours - subject: Web Systems and Web Quality).

4. Professor at the SILSIS (Lombard Postgraduate Inter-university School for Secondary Teaching) - Milan Section (4 hours - subject: Educational Technologies).

 

Academic Year 2000-2001

1. Adjunct professor of �New Media: Theories and Techniques� at the University of Milan - Bicocca, Faculty of Educational Sciences (70 hours).

2. Assistant Professor of the Chair of Theoretical Philosophy (Professor Salvatore Natoli) of the University of Milan - Bicocca.

3. Adjunct Professor of the Chair of English Language and Literature III of the Free University of Languages and Communication IULM in Milan (Professor Patrizia Nerozzi Bellman), where he held the 200 hour integrative course Hypertext writing in English Literature.

4. Professor, Member of the Steering and Executive Committee of the Postgraduate Course Basic Methodologies of Computer Science and Communication for Humanities, organized by the Faculty of Humanities in partnership with the Department of Information Sciences of the University of Milan. Course title: Multimedia Publishing.

5. Professor at the Training Course for Primary School Teachers organized by the ITIS, at the Cannizzaro Technical Institute in Rho (8 hours).

   Academic Year 1999-2000

 

1. Adjunct Professor of the Chair of English Language and Literature III of the Free University of Languages and Communication IULM in Milan (Professor Patrizia Nerozzi Bellman), where he held the 200 hour integrative course Hypertext writing.

 

2. Adjunct Professor of the Theoretical Philosophy Course at the Faculty of Educational Sciences of the University of Milan � Bicocca, where he held an integrative course focusing on Plato�s Theaetetus and Nietzsche�s philosophy (60 hours).

3. Professor, Member of the Steering and Executive Committee of the Postgraduate Course Basic Methodologies of Computer Science and Communication for Humanities, organized by the Faculty of Humanities and Philosophy in partnership with the Department of Educational Sciences of the University of Milan, where he held a course in Multimedia Publishing.

4. Researcher of  Aesthetics at Universit� Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Professor Roberto Diodato).

5. Professor of Multimedia Teaching at the Pietro Verri Technical Institute in Milan (Coordinator Professor Nizzi), December-April 1999-2000 (22 hours).

Academic Year 1998-1999

1. Adjunct Professor of the Chair of Multimedia Publishing of Libera Universit� di Lingue e Comunicazione IULM (Professor Alberto Cadioli) where he held the 100 hour integrative course New publishing technologies and knowledge transfer.

2. Researcher of the Moral Philosophy IV Course (Professor Amedeo Vigorelli) at the University of Milan.

 

3. Researcher of Aesthetics (Professor Roberto Diodato) at Universit� Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.

 

4. Researcher at the Chair of Theoretical Philosophy (Professor Salvatore Natoli) of the University of Milan - Bicocca where he held a seminar focusing on Plato�s Philebus and on Epicurus� philosophy.

 

 

Academic Year 1997-1998

 

1. Adjunct Professor of the Chair of English Language and Literature III of Libera Universit� di Lingue e Comunicazione IULM (Professor Patrizia Nerozzi Bellman) where he held the 100 hour integrative course Relationship between computer science and literary criticism.

 

2. Researcher of the Moral Philosophy IV Course (Professor Amedeo Vigorelli) at the University of Milan where he held a seminar (20 hours) focusing on Georg Simmel�s philosophy.

 

3. Researcher of Aesthetics (Professor Roberto Diodato) at Universit� Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.

 

4. He held a seminar (8 hours) at the Chair of Aesthetics (Professor Elio Franzini) at the University of Milan focusing on the Eschatological Philosophy of Georg Simmel.

 

5. Assistant Professor of the Chair of Theories and Techniques of Mass Communication of the Polytechnic of Milan (Professor Giovanni Cesareo) where he held the 20 hour Seminar New technologies and publishing.

   Academic Year 1996-1997

1. Researcher of the Moral Philosophy IV Course (Professor  Amedeo Vigorelli) at the University of Milan where he held a 30 hour seminar focusing on Kant�s philosophy.

2. Researcher of Aesthetics (Professor Francesco Piselli) at Universit� Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan.

3. He held the 12 hour seminar Humanities and new technologies at the Linguistic Center of Libera Universit� di Lingue e Comunicazione IULM in Milan. In June 1996 at the same University he also held the conference Working as editor.

4. He held a 12 hour seminar on Creative Evolution by Henri Bergson for final-year students, at the Chair of Aesthetics III of the University of Milan (Professor  Elio Franzini).

5. Assistant Professor of the Chair of Theories and Techniques of Mass Communication, Degree Course in Industrial Design of the Polytechnic of Milan (Professor Giovanni Cesareo). He held a 16 hour seminar focusing on New Technologies and Publishing.

Academic Year 1995-96

1. Researcher in Aesthetics (Professor Francesco Piselli) at Universit� Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan.

Research fields

 

His scientific activity revolves around educational technologies and the theories and techniques of the new digital media. More specifically, he researched into the issues of multimedia teaching and training at school and elsewhere through the use of off-line and on-line digital tools, and the issues related to the relationship between the new digital technologies, educational sciences and social sciences. He also examined closely the new ipermedia modes of knowledge transfer from both an epistemological and a technological point of view. More specifically, he investigated the following research fields:

 

a. Techniques and applications of Computer Science to different educational and training environments: primary and secondary education, higher education, professors and adults training, focusing in particular 1) on the educational, technological and organizational design of integrative training courses, and 2) on the design and production of CD-ROMs, web sites and internet portals for education, Computer Supplied Collaborative Learning (CSCL) and Computer Supplied Collaborative Working (CSCW).

 

b. e-Learning and distance teaching, focusing in particular on the issues of educational and learning design. Within the scope of this field:

- he has been member of the research team who designed and lead the international research The life cycle of e-Learning coordinated by Professor Raoul C.D. Nacamulli. The research findings have been published in the volume La formazione,  il  cemento e la rete. E-learning, management delle conoscenze e processi di sviluppo organizzativo (ETAS 2003);

- he is member of the research team coordinated by Professor Susanna Mantovani designing the research Computer, children and adults: experiences and representations in agreement with and with the financial support of the IBM Foundation Italy. The research objective is to analyze, from a qualitative standpoint, the first approach of children in school and pre-school age (2 to 6 years old) to digital technologies and how the these transform their cognitive and learning frameworks. The research also aims at designing training courses for pre-school professionals;

- in the past, within the scope of his activity, he developed the projects Virtual Classes and Web Academy with Libera Universit� di Lingue e Comunicazione IULM and its Language Center.

 

c. the impact of the Digital Revolution and of new communication technologies on epistemological paradigms, on education and training practices as well as on the practices of the sociology of cultural processes, studying in depth, from an anthropological and sociological standpoint, the issues related to the spreading of  �informational� and cultural capitalism and the issue of  digital divide.

 

d. critical study and interpretation of the new modalities of knowledge transfer and reception, focusing in particular on the applications of Computer Science to research in the fields of Humanities, education and business training;

 

e. the theories of hypertextuality, hypermediality and the study of the epistemological changes undergone by the �text� and its modes of writing, fruition e critical interpretation as they shift from paper to digital;

 

f. the theoretical and practical problems of shifting from traditional publishing to multimedia publishing: digital encoding and storing, multimedia design and production, the new professional figures, the relationship with the market.

 

He has also dealt with contemporary philosophy, focusing in particular on Aesthetics and on Moral and Theoretical Philosophy.

As far as this field is concerned, he focused on the following areas of interest: a) German Historicism and especially Georg Simmel�s philosophy, b) The Philosophy of Life, focusing in particular on Henri Bergson�s philosophy, c) Critical Marxism, focusing in particular on Ernst Bloch, d) Paul Ricoeur�s Hermeneutic Phenomenology and the issues of contemporary Aethics.

 

 

Research projects and activities

 

As for his research activities at the Department of Human Sciences for Education of the University of Milan - Bicocca he started the following research projects:

 

Project Title: New Millennium Learner 

               

Research Leader: Paolo Ferri 

 

The aim of the project is to research into the new approach to learning and knowledge management of young generations which is profoundly influenced by the interaction of children and teenagers with information technologies. The main research topics are:           

- understanding who the New Millennium Learners are and what their new learning styles are

- determining whether the NML case touches all OCSE countries and identifying those factors which can account for the differences among different countries and within single countries themselves

- the challenges for education posed by NMLs and the way in which this new generation of pupils can affect school practices

- what education policies must be developed at European and international level to meet NMLs� needs? What are the implications of such educational policies ?

http://www.oecd.org/document/10/0,2340,en_2649_201185_38358154_1_1_1_1,00.html  

 

 

 

Project Title: Knowledge and digital learning environments: field research and methodologies for the cooperative building of a local e-learning ontology in kindergarten and primary school (PRIN 2006/2007).

 

Leader of Research and of the research unit of the University of Milan - Bicocca: Paolo Ferri  (Professor Luciano Galliani, PRIN National Coordinator).

 

The research program�s objective is to put forward concrete solutions and at the same time to explore some of the topical issues of e-Learning and Semantic Web using integrated tools. Due to the complexity of the issues, it is necessary that the analysis and the different subjects be shared among different research groups, in order for them to be able to handle the experimental problems and the final content integration in a homogenous way. The present methodological and technological e-learning tools are not appropriate for the innovative applications which might actually solve the problems connected with the formalization, recovery and sharing of knowledge. The theoretical basis of the research unit of the University of Milan - Bicocca is made up of a series of elements, studies and experiences on four levels:

1) The analysis of the technological models required for the different e‑Learning software platforms. This line of research was developed at the Faculty of Educational Sciences of the University of Milan - Bicocca and within the framework of the international PhD in Information Society coordinated by Professor Guido Martinotti. Different functions were analyzed: database management, virtual classroom, asynchronous interaction, tracking, proof, etc. of different open source platforms (php. ecc.) based on the XML protocol. The research objective was to test the platforms compatibility with the following requirements: self‑consistency (the function does not interact with the database of the organization directly); ID reading capability (XML document).

2) The analysis of e-Learning and integrated training models aimed at teachers in active service and experts of professional and continuous training. One line of research was developed to identify and classify the pedagogical models for on-line blended teaching (Ferri, 2002; Ferri, 2003). More specifically, this part of the research was lead on field on the Docebo Platform (docebo.lib.unimib.it). This research falls within the framework of the pilot projects financially supported by the University of Milan - Bicocca for the testing of integrated teaching models in blended learning applied to seven modules of the degree courses of the Faculty of Educational Sciences.

3) The analysis of future prospects for e-Learning provided by Semantic Web, Blog and Learning Object. The aim of the research was to examine if the two basic problems of "knowledge objects", namely the educational dimension and the consensus on the required terminology for their indexation, could be solved through the development and the consensual use of domain ontologies typical of Semantic Web. The EduOnto project has also been taken into consideration: its first objective is the development of an ontology which can be used to describe the actors, processes and technologies of Educational Sciences, and its final result the development of a Learning Object Repository which makes use of the ontological base for their �intelligent� consultation. Today L.O. researches are going to great lengths more to develop common and shared standards, than to tackle the teaching issues of the construction, putting together and fruition of the objects in a shared knowledge environment. Correctly tagging L.O. with metadata it�s still not sufficient to assure a real progress in the processing and shared building of knowledge: in fact, each metadata adding semantically relevant information (for example about the target, the contents or the references used to describe its "pedagogical properties") bears with it the burdensome problem inherent to all classification processes: different people will classify objects in different ways, using different reference terminologies. The classifying effort thus ends up very often being useless.

4) More specifically, the research line followed by the research unit of the University of Milan - Bicocca revolves around the development, experimentation and implementation of an integrated learning environment for primary school teachers. Such an environment will have to be supported by ontological structures based on the training community agreement and by social networks in the field of the Science of Primary Education implemented with the Semantic Web methodology. As for this point, the research unit rests on a) the experience built up by the team of researchers carrying on the studies of Professor Susanna Mantovani (Mantovani, S. 1995) in the field of primary education environments analysis, and b) the method of inquiry based on the observation of primary education environments developed during a series of international researches relying on the visual method in ethnographic research (Tobin, Wo, Davidson 2000). The development of a specific ontology for primary education requires of course an active consent of a training community. Such ontologies would also have an important side-effect on all actors involved: first of all the development of a common vocabulary (Wenger, 1998), then a strong drive to the explicitation of tacit knowledge, and finally the sharing of a meta-model for the integration of processes, knowledge and relationships. A primary education ontology has a great asset, namely that of providing a medium to foster knowledge sharing (through Learning Objects) in a sort of semantic interoperability between different e-learning applications which also encompass learning pedagogical strategies. The aim is to giv value tot the empirical evidance and the conclusions which can be obtained a) by a direct observation of the teaching environments with the visual method in ethnographic research, and b) by a shared social building of the agreement or falsification of the research hypothesis regarding the proposed primary education regional onthology.

 

 

 

Project Title: Learning Communities and Blended Learning Communities: The Fortech Pilot Project of the Faculty of Educational Sciences of the University of Milan - Bicocca

 

Scientific project leader: Professor Paolo Ferri

 

The project�s strategic objectives may be summed up as follows:

- test new teaching modalities, especially constructivist in nature, which, thanks to technology, are able to enhance the quality of the University�s educational opportunities and meet the needs of the actors involved;

- tackle some of the problems of the Faculty of Educational Sciences, where a large number  of working students cannot attend lessons and have no direct contact with their professors during their educational journey at the University;

- design a successful model of on-line education by testing and co-designing more effective teaching modalities for teachers and students which facilitate the blending of Educational Technologies and face‑to‑face lessons.

- adapt and co-design a Learning Management System which features different levels of interaction design in line with educational models and which meets the following criteria: usability, scalability depending on the transmission band, accessibility and usability by the actors involved.

- find formats for the creation of digital learning objects which a) can be integrated in blended educational pathways, b) can be easily managed by teachers, c) meet efficient learning needs, and d) allow for an appropriate implementation and supply of net contents.

The coexistence of different objectives highlights the complexity of the whole system made up of the main actors and contexts. The approach to the problem thus requires a synthesis process between the different elements of the project. More specifically this can be seen as the search for the best possible �fitting� between teaching and the context where its technological network dimension comes to life, that is the Learning Management System.

 

More specifically the objectives are:

- create from scratch, at the Faculty of Educational Sciences, a blended techno-pedagogical educational system for the qualification of an ever increasing number of teachers over time.

- buy the infrastructures (labs, servers, etc.) and increase the number of skilled professionals who are qualified to hold (professors and tutors), design and manage (technicians, researchers, administrative staff) blended courses;

- identify the net and blended educational models which meet the need for educational innovation and the new educational needs of teachers and students, and evaluate their effectiveness levels;

- co-design and keep running a Learning Management System which suits the identified educational models and features different levels of interaction design in line with following criteria: usability, scalability depending on the transmission band, accessibility and usability by the actors involved.

 

 

 

Project Title: The Child Author: knowledge building in the classroom  and through a network. Monitoring and developing an on-going project in a network of schools in the South of Milan.

 

 

Scientific project leader: Professor Paolo Ferri

 

Research Team: Professor Paolo Ferri, Valentina Garzia (University of Milan � Bicocca), Stefano Merlo (Coordinator of the Child Author Network)

 

The Child Author project was conceived and developed during the Academic Year 1998-1999 by a group of schools which eventually joined in a network. The project serves as a tool to establish a relationship between students from different schools based on the shared building of multimedia products by communicating and exchanging materials through a computer network. The network-based cooperative teaching featured in the project enables teachers and students to develop new relational skills typical of distance communication which require a deeper reflection on linguistic codes, as opposed to those of face-to-face communication which are based primarily on body language.

The teaching activity itself enables students to become more aware of their own cognitive skills, which they have to spread and exchange in order for them to gain new and qualitatively better ones.

This way, the development of multimedia products through the distant cooperation between classes proves to be a tool which a) promotes the overcoming of a teaching system based on the transmission/reception of often scrappy and sketchy content, and thus b) favors a challenging and successful learning since it is grounded on the ideas of:

- acting ability

- metacognition

- cooperation

The Teaching Institutions of the Child Author Project prepare the budget for the scheduled activities by common agreement. All member schools must comply with the rules stated in the agreement. The following 35 schools, including more than 200 teachers, joined the Child Author Network Agreement (see attachment):


 

IC di Assago (MI);

IC di Basiglio (MI);

DD 1� Circolo di Buccinasco (MI);

DD 2� Circolo di Buccinasco (MI);

IC Copernico di Corsico

IC Buonarroti di Corsico;

IC Verdi di Corsico,

Scuola dell�Infanzia Comunale Dante di Corsico,

DD 1� Circolo di Cesano Boscone

DD 2� Circolo di Cesano Boscone

IC di Lacchiarella

DD De Nicola di Milan;

DD  Arcadia di Milan,

DD 1� Circolo di Rozzano (MI);

DD 2� Circolo di Rozzano (MI);

DD 3� Circolo di Rozzano (MI);

DD 1� Circolo di Trezzano (MI);

DD 2� Circolo di Trezzano (MI);

DD 2� Circolo di Pavia;

DD 4� Circolo di Pavia;

IC di Verdello (BG);

IC di Rovellasca (CO),

IC di Vermezzo,

DD 1� Circolo di Pieve Emanuele,

DD di Bressana Bottarone

 

 

In 2005, an agreement protocol was signed between Child Author and the following municipalities:

 

Corsico

Buccinasco

Cesano Boscone

Trezzano SN

Basiglio

Lachiarella

Zibido San Giacomo

Rozzano

Pieve Emanuele

Vermezzo

Milan � Zona ???

Rovellasca (CO)

Rovello (CO)

Pavia

Pinarolo Po (PV)


 

At the beginning in the Academic Year 2004-2005, the Child Author School Network and the Faculty of Educational Sciences of the University of Milan - Bicocca started a cooperative research which was further developed the following year. The cooperation features are:

- scientific and pedagogical supervision of the Project and comparison with similar cases found in the scientific literature on the subject;

- bring in of some trainee students of the Degree Course in Primary Education to monitor and analyze the Project�s activities;

- assistant for face-to-face and distance communication activities for Cooperative Learning;

- develope quantitative/qualitative tools (in depth interviews, focus groups, questionnaire, video recordings and observations) for real-time monitoring and for the final test of the project activities;

- technological and teaching consulting to fit the software platform to the teaching environment in kindergarten and primary school.

 

The research program is coordinated by Stefano Merlo (Istituto Comprensivo Copernico, Coordinator of the Child Author Project), Paolo Ferri and Valentina Garzia (University of Milan - Bicocca)

 

Objectives

The project�s strategic objectives may be summed up as follows:

- test new teaching modalities, especially constructivist in nature, which, through technology, are able to enhance the quality of the School Network�s educational opportunities and provide trainee students with valuable models of face-to-face and distance teaching;

- develop a successful educational model for network-based teachers by analyzing the teaching modalities used in the Child Author Project;

- adapt and co-design a Learning Management System featuring different levels of interaction design in line with educational models and with the following criteria: usability, scalability depending on the transmission band, accessibility and usability by the actors involved.

 

 

More specifically the project objectives are:

- co-design and test a Learning Management System which suits the identified educational models such as the distance cooperation between the Network preschools and primary schools;

- create a cooperation with the Child Author School Network at the Faculty of Educational Sciences, the Network being a techno-pedagogical system realizing a teaching cooperation between schools through he above-mentioned LMS;

- identify the blended and network-based educational models which meet the need for educational innovation and the new educational needs of teachers and students, and evaluate their effectiveness levels;

 

 

 

Project Title: Children and computers: experiences and representations.

 

Scientific Project Leaders: Professor Mantovani Susanna and Professor Paolo Ferri

 

The aim of the research is to explore the ways in which preschool children (3-6 years old) approach the use of new technologies in educational environments, both at home and at school, by observing their first spontaneous approaches to computers, the changes in their constant use of this tool, their cognitive strategies and relational modalities.

The debate over the effectiveness of introducing computers and network technologies in teaching is a very topical one and one of great interest for Pedagogy (Papert, 1998, 1999; Varisco, 2002). However, it is not clear yet how to support those parents and teachers who work with children and use those tools every day. Our research aims at finding some answers to this question by examining what happens in educational environments. In this field it is interesting to study the way preschool children approach those tools, the reason why they do it and the types of interaction they develop with the adult in front of the computer. It is also interesting to try to extrapolate some methodological guidelines for those teachers and educators who follow these children in their socio-cognitive exploration every day. Our research aims at giving some clues to discuss how these tools will change cognitive structures, relational modalities and the teaching and learning processes.

Here are our research�s objectives:

1.      observe the ways in which preschool children (3-6 years old) approach computers both at home and at school. We will focus in particular on the spontaneous ways in which children approach the tool as well as on those mediated by adults/other children;

2.      identify childrens� behavior while they interact with new technologies in different educational environments such as:

(a)    at home, where the computer is both a working tool for adults and an everyday tool for the family;

(b)   educational environments outside of the home, where the computer will be introduced as the teacher�s working tool and, if necessary, as exploring tool for the child or group of children (individual or shared exploration);

(c)    educational environments outside of the home, where computers are already used as pedagogical tools (observations will be targeted at the identification of children�s behavior when they use both computers and the Young Explorer multimedia workstations);

3.      learn the knowing, exploring and learning strategies activated during the childrens� interaction with these tools (for example, by recording a dialogue between a child and an adult or between different children in front of a computer, and introducing challenges which alter the interaction and thus prompt reactions in the single child, in the interaction between children, etc.);

4.      call in parents and teachers to discuss the observational data (video recordings and observations) regarding both the environments where the observation took place and many others in order to prompt comparisons, comments and interpretations;

5.develop support pathways for parents and educators.

 

Research Group: Chiara Bove, Donata Ripamonti, Anna Poli, Valentina Garcia.

 

He is also coordinator of the following research and educational activities:

1. For the University of Milan - Bicocca he is coordinator of the European SOCRATES GRUNDTVIG  Project, a Community Program addressing  the issue of adult education. Second phase: 2000‑2006 Cooperation Project �Memory line: an intergenerational course of learning and communication� Agreement n. 230212-CP-1-2006-1-IT-GRUNDTVIG-G1 2006-2514/001-001 SO2 31PRO.

2. Since Academic Year 2005-2006 he has been Scientific Coordinator of the Didactic Project "The right to work" of the Roberto Franceschi ONLUS Foundation in partnership with Carialo Foundation, the Municipality of Milan, the University of Milan - Bicocca, the University of Milan, Universit� Commerciale Luigi Bocconi. The project is addressed at students of the last and second-to-last years in high school. The aim is to provide young people with useful cultural information and tools to find their way in the job market in a conscious and critical way. The modules, aim at offering a vast field of knowledge as a complement to regular courses, on the following issues: the right to work, sociology of work, economy of work. Such issues will be accompanied by readily usable instructions to choose the educational pathway after high school (university or entrance into the job market).

3. Since Academic Year 2004-2005 he has been Scientific Coordinator and person in charge of the e‑Tutor Project, in an agreement between the University of Milan - Bicocca and INDIRE. This project aims at doing research in the field of innovation in teaching, resting on the Punto.edu platform experience, and at training on-line tutors on the same platform. Indeed it aims at training more the 6000 tutors who will have to support and follow all the different training activities provided by INDIRE through the Punto.edu platform (www.bdp.it.). The project has been developed in the Academic Year 2006-2007 in agreement with USR Lombardia and Universit� Cattolica del Sacro Cuore with the implementation of the For Tutor Training Course, which counts more than 300 teachers from Lombardy.

 

 

4. He represents the University of Milan - Bicocca, Faculty of Educational Sciences, at the 8th Office - Training and Refresher Courses for School Staff - for which he works as advisor and  trainer of the teaching and non-teaching staff. The USR Lombardy Office provides support for the training and professional development of school staff - teachers and ATA staff members - through the implementation of services aimed at the management, knowledge, and monitoring of the educational activities stated in the Annual Directive on Education issued by MIUR (#45, dated April 4, 2005). Within the scope of this activity he held the following training seminars: a) Report Educational communication in virtual cooperational learning environments at the first Regional Training Seminar for Tutor e-Learning � Puntoedu platform, ATA staff, School Center in Lampugnano, in via Natta 13, Milan, July 7 2005, b) Report The e‑tutor�s role in the training of the school�s  administrative staff at the Second Regional Training Seminar for Tutor e-Learning - Puntoedu platform, ATA staff, Desenzano del Garda, September 20, 2005, c) Report Theoretical Framework of the tutor�s function in education and e-Learning at the Second Regional Training Seminar for Tutor e-Learning - Puntoedu platform, ATA staff, Desenzano del Garda, November 8, 2005, d) Report Insights into the role of technology in the training of the school�s technical and administrative staff at the Second Regional Training Seminar for Tutor e-Learning - Puntoedu platform, ATA staff, Desenzano del Garda, November 29, 2005.

 

 

5. From Academic Year 2004 and 2005 he has been project leader together with Duccio Demetrio of the FILOGRAFIA Project, supported by the European Socrates-Grundtvig Program. By using the Greek word ΦΙΛΟΓΡΑΦΙΑ - PHILOGRAPHY - we want to evoke the �love for writing�. The FILOGRAFIA Project intends to combine, at international level, creative writing and multimedia tools with teaching and orientation functions, to create conditions which favor learning, the enhancement of one�s own resources and the evolution of communicative and planning skills. It is an important program for the European strategy on permanent education which focuses on adult education in particular and on informal and extra-scholastic educational environments in general, bearing in mind that �each learning activity in each moment in life helps expand our knowledge base and improve our skills and our competences at a personal, civic, social and/or working level�. Partners of the For Italy Project: The Municipality of Milan, Department of Education Services, Civic School for Social Workers, the Department of Human Sciences for Education �Riccardo Massa� (Faculty of Educational Sciences of the University of Milan - Bicocca), the ERRE EFFE Srl in Pistoia, a society specialized in the promotion and management of European projects and leader of the project. For Germany: the Faculty of Social Pedagogy of the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg. For Greece: the Institute for On-Going Adult Education (IDEKE) of the Greek Ministry of Education. For France: the Groupement d�Int�r�t Public de l�Acad�mie de Lyon (GIPAL).

 

6. Since the Academic Year 2004-2005 he has been scientific coordinator together with Roberto Didoni (IRRE) of the research titled Projects for the integration of real classes with virtual classes, developed in partnership with Universit� Cattolica in Milan and the Regional Institute for Educational Research (IRRE) in Lombardy. The project is carried on with an experimentation in 16 schools in Milan and Lombardy and features 16 teachers as �system specialists�, each responsible for technology in their own Institute. The project aims at implementing pilot projects for the integration of traditional teaching with technology-based teaching in the institutes involved which can be later adopted by the Institute.

 

 

7. Since Academic Year 2004-05 he has been coordinator together with Professor Anolli of the Computer Workshop on Pedagogical and Psychological Experimentation. The workshop, featuring 12 workstations and 3 servers, is integrated in the University�s workshop system and aims at doing research in the fields of digital technologies applied to learning and the psychology of communication. It is addressed at teachers, PhD students and senior year students taking part in research projects implemented by the Faculty and the Department in these subjects areas.

 

 

 

8. In 2004 he has been scientific coordinator of the research Interactivity: What appeal? A qualitative research on models of e-content and �Multichannel Access� ordered by Assolombarda within the framework of the Cenacolo Award. The Cenacolo Award for Publishing and Innovation, now at its 5th edition, has become an important meeting dedicated to the promotion of the communication campaigns and of the best and most innovative editorial products and projects made in Italy.  The Award is part of the Publishing and Communication Project, which features an Observatory to monitor the issues and emerging features of the publishing business. The 2004 research, focusing on the issue Interactivity: What appeal?, aims at answering the questions raised by an editorial production which is increasingly multi‑channel in nature, and which foreshadows new scenarios and formats thanks to new innovative technologies (UMTS mobile phones, digital radio and TV). More specifically the focus will be on the dynamics linking the content industry to the emergence of new �active� users: authors of weblogs, to smart phone users and users of peer‑to‑peer music networks. By giving examples of formats and of case histories of the most important companies specialized in the designing of multimedia products, our research aims at outlining a scenario which illustrates the potentials and opportunities of the interactive communicative paradigm: for instance, from the first mobile-based soap opera, Jong Zuid, produced by the Dutch company Media Republic, to the videogame In Memoriam, produced by the French company Ubisoft. The jury of the Cenacolo Award is made up of: Giulio Ballio (Polytechnic of Milan), Antonio Calabr� (Journalist), Salvatore Carrubba (Department for Culture and Museums of the Municipality of Milan), Francesco Casetti (Universit� Cattolica, Milan), Paolo Del Debbio (IULM, Milan), Giulio Giorello (University of Milan), Linus (Radio Deejay), Guido Martinotti (University of Milan - Bicocca), Enrico Montangero (Assocomunicazione, Association of Communication Companies), Andrea Pezzi (television author), Severino Salvemini (Bocconi University, Milan).

 

9. He has been and still is member of the research team, coordinated by Professor Raoul C.D. Nacamulli, which developed an international research on the life cycle of e-Learning in partnership with and with the financial support of the IBM Foundation Italy. The results of this research can be found in the volume La formazione,  il  cemento e la rete. E-learning, management delle conoscenze e processi di sviluppo organizzativo, (edited by R. C. D. Nacamulli), Chapter 2 L�e-learning, i suoi antenati e il complex learning and Chapter 3 Click, si impara?, Etas-IBM Foundation, Milan 2003, pp. 20-72.

 

10. Since 2004 he has been member of the Inter-university Research Center for the Communication and Informal Learning of Mathematics.

 

11. Together with F. Carmagnola, T. Pievani, M. Senaldi he founded and organized the Interdisciplinary Research Center on Complexity G.R.I.C.O. The Center is active at the Faculty of Educational Sciences, organizing meetings and periodical workshops on the following issues: Workshop on the �Cargo-Cult� media images, Workshop on Evolution and Knowledge: the frontiers of the Epistemology of Complexity, Workshop on the evolutionary Models of the Mind in cyberspace, Workshop on Cognition Interfaces. At the G.R.I.C.O he coordinates the Workshop on Cognition Interfaces.

     

12. Member of the COFIN 2003 Research Project coordinated by Professor Salvatore Natoli Philosophy as a way of life: historical and contemporary models.

 

13. He took part in the Research Project �Images as an opportunity for the expression of philosophy and philosophical practice: the Aethics of communication in image use� coordinated by Professor Romeno Madera.

 

 

 

Within the scope of his research activity at the University of Milan - Bicocca and at Libera Universit� di Lingue e Comunicazione IULM he also developed the following research projects:

 

14.  Virtual Classes: the Virtual Classes Project for the on-line integration of face-to-face teaching was developed during the Academic Years 1998-1999, 1999-2000, 2000-2001, 2001-2002, 2002-2003, 2003‑2004. It became a reality with the implementation of two virtual classes fostering information exchange between students and teachers and between students themselves, the monitoring of teaching activities through tests, the on-line publication of �multimedia lessons� and the net upload of the students� papers. You can find the documentation on the project on the following web sites:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/teoriaetecnicacomunicazione2003/

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/teoriaetecnicaprimaria2003/

http://ariel.ctu.unimi.it/corsi/socioMedia/

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/teoriaetecnica2002/

www.egroups.com/list/Teoria e tecnica 2001

www.egroups.com/list/studenti ferri2000-2001

www.egroups.com/list/studentiferri1999-2000

www.egroups.com/list/informaticaumanistica

 

15. Web Academy: the Web Academy Project (web.tiscalinet.it/WebAcademy/index.htm) aims at creating an ever growing �Virtual University� to gather and store the teaching materials and the multimedia quiz of teachers as well as the students� projects by integrating them in a small �portal� dedicated to the issues of new technologies applied to human social sciences and educational sciences. The portal looks like a virtual building with different rooms containing the materials used by teachers and students: hypertexts, hypermedia, theses, links, and useful resources for teaching and research.

        

16.  As Adjunct Professor at  the Free University IULM he took part in the COTEPRA European Project, which is part of the European Socrates Program (duration 9-1-2000/8-31-2001). He has dealt more specifically with the issues regarding the new media in the �Teaching Module Literature, Literary Theory and New Technologies�.

 

17. As Adjunct Professor at the Free University IULM he took part in the project Literature learning through Information Technology (Coordinator: Professor Dante Liano) coordinated by CNR. Universities involved: Universit� Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Professor Dante Liano), Free University IULM (Scientific Head: Paola Carbone), University of Turin (Scientific Head: Professor Franca Bruera).

 

18. From Academic Year 1996-97 to Academic Year 2000-2001 he has been member and participant of the permanent seminar Humanities and new technologies at the Linguistic Center of the Free University IULM (www.nerozzi.com/home.html) which focused on the relationship between Humanities and new technologies resting on the following three issues: a) analysis of network cultures; b) analysis of network languages, focusing in particular on the issues of knowledge hypertextualization, coding problems, translation and the birth of new literary genres; c) analysis of the virtual community, focusing in particular on data availability in a network, access levels and virtual democracy.

 

 

 

Organized Congresses

 

1. The job market in Milan and its surrounding areas, Friday, February 16, 2007, Franceschi Foundation, Municipality of Milan, Carialo Foundation, FLC-CGLI, USR Lombardy, SAN DONATO School Center, Via Martiri di Cefalonia, 46 � S. Donato M.se.

 

2. Sharing and managing knowledge: technology at education�s service. The experience of Brown University (USA), Aula Rodolfi, University of Milan - Bicocca, January 18-19, 2007.

 

3. Finding a job, between flexibility and making jobs less secure. Final conference of the Right to Work Project which was developed during the academic year and was organized by the Roberto Franceschi ONLUS Foundation, with the support of the Municipality of Milan, the Ministry of Education - School Department of Lombardy, the Bicocca University and the Carialo Foundation, Milan, May 9, 2006.

 

4. E-book and beyond: scenarios  and technologies of digital publishing in the Information Society quasi e-Book Conference. Qua_si Doctorate, in partnership with the Department of Epistemology and Educational Hermeneutics , Milan, May 25, 2005, University of Milan - Bicocca.

 

5. Real and/or virtual school? Training technologies and scenarios in the Knowledge Society. In partnership with the Department of Epistemology and Hermeneutics of Training, Milan, May 12, 2005, University of Milan - Bicocca.

 

6. Iternational Congress. Children and Computers. New technologies at school and at home, organized by the Faculty of Educational Sciences of the University of Milan - Bicocca and the IBM Foundation, Teatro Dal Verme, Via San Giovanni sul Muro, 2 � Milan, March 4, 2005. Among the speakers: Augusto Chioccariello, Jane Healy, Giuseppe O. Longo, Tom�s Maldonado, Langdon Winner and the research group of the University of Milan - Bicocca.

 

7.  Digital culture. Redefining the notion of Intellectual Property Right for a Shared Knowledge Society, a meeting with Joy Ito, March 16, 2005, University of Milan - Bicocca.

8. Beyond the classroom, expanded Education. Educational strategies in the Knowledge Society, February 1st , 2005, Assolombarda - via Pantano 9 - Milan.

9.  Together with the other members of GRICO and with Roberto Moscati,  Nino Salamone and Marina Calloni of the Faculty of Sociology of the University of Milan - Bicocca, he organized the conferences: Between Terror and Control. Symbolic forms and imaginary existences in contemporary societies, University of Milan - Bicocca, November 12-13, 2002.

 

10.  Arts and Literature in e-Publishing � Teaching, New Technologies, University publishing, Milan -Pavia, October 19-20, 1999. Within the scope of this activity he helped to organize the following conferences:

 

12. Internet and the Muses. Doing research in and teaching Humanities while dealing with new technologies, IULM University, Milan, November 14-15, 1996.

 

13.  Virtual communities and Humanities: a culture for the new millennium, IULM University, Milan, November 26-27-28, 1997.

 

 

 

Publications

 

Monographs:

1. P. Ferri, E-Learning. Didattica e comunicazione e tecnologie digitali, Le Monnier, Milan, December 2005

2. P. Ferri, Fine dei Mass Media. Le nuove tecnologie della comunicazione e le trasformazioni dell�industria culturale, Guerini & Associati, Milan 2004.

3. P. Ferri, Teoria e tecniche dei nuovi media. Pensare, formare, lavorare nell�epoca della rivoluzione digitale, Guerini & Associati, Milan, 2002.

4. P. Ferri, La rivoluzione digitale. Comunit�, individuo, testo nell�era di Internet, Mimesis, Milan 1999.

5. P. Ferri, Storicismo tedesco, Editrice Bibliografica, Milan 1997.

 

 

Collective Books

F. Corbetta, E. Baldaccini, S. Consigliere, P. Ferri, T. Pievani, I mille volti della comunicazione. Colori, profumi, suoni, gesti, rete, (edited by L. Capocaccia Orsini, S. Fiorentini Angelini), Erga Edizioni, 2005, Il valore della multimedialit� e della comunicazione digitale: libri, computer e formazione, pp. 88‑100.

2. P. Ferri, G. Cacciola, P. Carbone, A. Solidoro, Editoria Multimediale. Scenari, metodologie, contenuti, Guerini, Milan, 2004.

 

Edited Works:

1. P. Ferri, S. Mantovani (edited by) Bambini e computer. alla scoperta delle nuove tecnologie a scuola e in famiglia , Etas, Milan, 2006.

2. S. Papert, Connected family. Come aiutare genitori e bambini a comprendersi nell�era di Internet, (edited by P. Ferri) Mimesi Edizioni, 2006.

3. P. Carbone, P. Ferri (edited by), Le comunit� virtuali, Mimesis, Milan 1999.

4. George P. Landow, L�ipertesto. Tecnologie digitali e critica letteraria, Bruno Mondadori (edited by P. Ferri), Milan, 1998.

 

Contributions in books and collective volumes:

1. P. Ferri, Bambini e computer. Alcuni elementi per affrontare un tema complesso, in Dei diritti dell�infanzia e dell�adolescenza, Roberto Franceschi Foundation, Milan 2006, pp. 141-152.

2. Ferri, Introduzione a Garavaglia, A., Ambienti per ľ apprendimento in rete: gli spazi delľ e-learning, Junior, Bergamo, 2006.

2. P. Ferri, Le teorie e le epistemologie della formazione digitale, P. Ferri, S. Mantovani (edited by) Bambini e computer, Etas-IBM Foundation, Milan, 2006, pp. 53-77.

3. P. Ferri, Tra teoria e pratica: computer, bambini e insegnanti in P. Ferri, S. Mantovani (edited by) Bambini e computer, Etas, Milan, 2006.

4. P. Ferri, Preface to the Italian Edition of S. Papert� book Connected family. Come aiutare genitori e bambini a comprendersi nell�era di Internet, (edited by P. Ferri) Mimesi Edizioni, 2006, pp. 7-21;

5. P. Ferri, Il digital divide: i sommersi e i salvati. L�ICT, la globalizzazione e la necessit� di uno sviluppo interconnesso, in P. Foradori e R. Scartezzini (edited by) Globalizzazione e processi di integrazione sopranazionale: l�Europa, il mondo, Rubettino, Genoa, 2006, pp. 259-281.

6. P. Ferri, S. Merlo, Presentazione a S. Merlo (edited by), Il Bambino autore. Comunicare e cooperare in Internet, Junior, Bergamo, 2006.

7. P.Ferri, Bambini e computer. Alcuni elementi per affrontare un tema complesso, in Dei diritti dell�infanzia e dell�adolescenza, Roberto Franceschi Foundation, Milan 2006, pp. 141-152.

8. P. Ferri, Comunicazione e formazione (paragraphs 1-4) in R. C.D. Nacamulli Oltre l�aula, Strategie di formazione nella "knowledge economy�, Apogeo, Milan, 2004, pp. 171-200.

9. P. Ferri, L�e-learning i suoi antenati e il complex learning (Chapter 2) and Click, si impara? (Chapter 3), P. Ferri, La formazione, il  cemento e la rete. E-learning, management delle conoscenze e processi di sviluppo organizzativo, (edited by R. Nacamulli), Etas-Fondazione IBM, Milan 2003, pp. 20-72.

10. P. Ferri, The Narration of Hypertext and Hypermedia. Notes on the problem of mimesis in the Digital Era. in eLiterature in ePubblishing, (edited by P. Carbone), Mimesis, Milan 2003, pp. 179-200.

11. P. Ferri, Tempo e spazio nell�ipertesto e nell�ipermedia, in Internet e la filosofia. Complementary CD‑ROM: Laboratorio teoretico multimediale (edited by Paolo D�Alessandro), Led, Milan, 2001, pp. 117‑129.

12. P. Ferri, Il virtuale non uccide il reale. Nuove mappe cognitive per un nuovo concetto in AA.VV. Il bambino tra reale e virtuale, La Scuola, Brescia 2000, pp. 55-84.

13. P. Ferri, Comunit� e comunit� virtuale: due concetti a confronto, pp. 79-103, in P. Carbone, P. Ferri (edited by), Le comunit� virtuali, Mimesis, Milan 1999, pp. 79-103.

14. P. Ferri, Ipertesto, un nuovo spazio della scrittura, in George P. Landow, L�ipertesto. Tecnologie digitali e critica letteraria, Bruno Mondadori (edited by P. Ferri) Milan 1998,  pp. 1-16.

15.  P. Ferri, Lo stile, la vita, il denaro: note sulla Filosofia del denaro by G. Simmel, in Stile (edited by E. Franzini e V. Ugo), Guerini & Associati, Milan, 1997, pp. 55-73.

16. P. Ferri, Apocalittici o integrati. Per una filosofia della rivoluzione digitale, in Internet e le muse. La rivoluzione digitale nella cultura umanistica (edited by P. Nerozzi Bellman, Mimesis), Milan 1997, pp. 99-111.

 

 

Textbooks:

1. Together with Guido Boffi, Clotilde Calabi, Elisabetta Cattaneo, Eugenio De Caro, Lucia Demartis, Paolo Demolli, Roberto Diodato, Ettore Fagiuoli and Michele Nicoletti he is author of the Undergraduate Philosophy textbook Alla scoperta della filosofia (Vol.1a/1b/1c, 2a/2b/2c, 3a/3b/3c), Sansoni per la Scuola,  Florence 2004.

2. Together with Guido Boffi, Clotilde Calabi, Elisabetta Cattaneo, Eugenio De Caro, Lucia Demartis, Paolo Demolli, Roberto Diodato, Ettore Fagiuoli and Michele Nicoletti he is author of the Undergraduate Philosophy textbook Dal Senso comune alla filosofia, Profili; Dal Senso comune alla filosofia, Domande e Testi (Vol.1a/1b, 2a/2b, 3a/3b), Sansoni per la Scuola,  Florence 2001.

 

 

Approved papers presented at national and international congresses:

1. P. Ferri, S. Merlo, Il Bambino Autore � Comunicare e Cooperare in Internet  La Rete di Scuole Il Bambino Autore, Didamatica 2007 (Annual Congress promoted by AICA, the Italian Association of Computer Science and Automatic Calculus), Cesena, May 10-12, 2007.

2.Valentina Grazia, Paolo Ferri, Donata Ripamonti, Susanna Mantovani, Anna Poli, Children and computer what they know what they do, proceedings of MIT5, creativity, ownership and collaboration in the digital age, International Conference, April 27-29, 2007, MIT.

3. Paolo Ferri (editor), Children and computers: what they know, what they do, INDIRE -OECD Expert Meeting On The New Millennium Learners (Florence, Italy - March, 5-6, 2007).

4. Happy to Connect, C. Bove, P. Ferri, D. Ripamonti, Susanna Mantovani, in the proceedings of Capabilities and Happiness, International Conference, Milan, June 16-18, 2005.

5. Open university Vs. Consorzio Nettuno. An institutional Analysis of two technology-enabled Higher Educational Systems in the proceedings of ECIS, 2004. The 12th European Conference on Information Systems June 14-16, 2004. Turku, Finland.

 

6. New and alternative educational methodologies for product design in the digital age, G. Bonsiepe, P. Ferri, A. Poli and C. Pratesi in the proceedings of the International Engineering and Product Design Education Conference September 2-3, 2004, Delft, Netherlands.

 

 

Magazine essays and articles:

1. P. Ferri, L�e-learning, una rivoluzione inavvertita, in Sviluppo & Organizzazione, 214, March/April 2006, pp. 70-72.

2. Artificializzazione metamorfosi digitale della formazione, Le sfide dell�educazione Quaderni della segreteria generale CEI IX, June 13, 2005.

3. Oltre l�aula: le comunit� virtuali come fattore di sostenibilit� sociale ed economica della formazione, Io Lavoro. Forum. Monthly magazine of the Liguria Region on job advice, training and jobs, December, 2004, Year III, pp. 20-24.

4. Codice Aperto? Dall�utopia del free software alla realt� delle piattaforme di servizi integrate, in �Sviluppo e organizzazione�, 205, September-October 2004, pp. 44-36.

5. La fine dei mass media? Res. Cose d�oggi a scuola (Edumond-Le Monnier), Year XIV, #27, 2004,  pp. 42-44.

6. Nuove tecnologie della comunicazione digitale, tempo dell�esperienza e tempo della formazione, Adultit�, October 2003, 18, pp. 39-51.

7. Riforma dei programmi della scuola: un�altra occasione mancata. Pedagogika, VII - #5, September‑October 2003, pp. 13-18.

8.  Scuola, ICT e innovazione: un�altra occasione mancata, in �Sviluppo e organizzazione�, 194, November-December 2002, pp. 30-33.

9. E-learning: le teorie e le pratiche, �Rassegna dell�istruzione�, #5/6, 2001, pp. 29-39.

10. L�e-learning nelle imprese. Opportunit� e criticit�, Adultit�, Guerini e Associati, October 2002, 16, pp. 190-201.

11. L�e-learning e l�idraulica in �Sviluppo e organizzazione�, 190, March-April 2002, pp. 76-79.

12. Il B2B, i Corporate portal nell�era dell�accesso, in �Sviluppo e organizzazione�, 185, May‑June 2001, pp. 46-47.

13. Il racconto dell�ipertesto e dell�ipermedia  in �Pluriverso�, 1, 2001, pp. 33-43.

14. Una macchina per pensare? L�informatica nella scuola: le nuove tecnologie nella didattica, in �Pedagogika�, 21, May-June, 2001, pp. 20-26.

15. La rivoluzione digitale e le nuove modalit� di trasmissione del sapere, in La citt� dell�editoria. Dal libro all�opera digitale (1880-2020), Skir� 2001, pp. 149-154.

16. La multimedialit� nella scuola del futuro, in �Didattica delle scienze e informatica nella scuola�, 212, February 2001, pp. 52-56.

17. La convergenza digitale e la new economy, in �Sistemi & Impresa�, 2, March 2000, pp. 75-80.

18. Il concetto di comunit� virtuale in L�Europa multiculturale, in the proceedings of the 8th International Congress on Italo-German Studies, (Merano, May 11-13, 1998), Academy of Italo-German Studies, Merano 1998, pp. 425-431 (written together with Roberto Diodato).

19. La filosofia nella rete. I problemi dell�individuo e della comunit� nell�et� della rivoluzione digitale, in �Vita e pensiero�, Year LXXXI,  February 1998, pp. 114-123.

20. La volont� di virtualit� e l'illusione del mondo, in "Arte ed Estetica", #5, October 1997, pp. 52-58.

21.  Reale/Virtuale, in "Informazioni filosofica", VII, 33-34, October 1997, pp. 29-30.

22. Dall'individuo virtuale alla comunit� personale. Individuo e comunit� alle soglie dell�era cyber, in Individuo e rapporto comunitario nell�Europa alle soglie del terzo millennio, in the proceedings of the 23rd International Congress on Italo-German Studies (Merano, May 6-8, 1996), Academy of Italo-German Studies, Merano 1997, pp. 511-530 (written together with Roberto Diodato).

23. La rivoluzione digitale e i saperi umanistici: alcune approssimazioni, in the proceedings of the Congress Umanesimo & informatica. Le nuove frontiere della ricerca e della didattica nel campo degli studi letterari (University of Trento, May 24-25, 1996), Metauro Edizioni, July 1997, pp. 95-107.

24. La rivoluzione digitale e la filosofia, in "Informazione filosofica", VI, 29, September 1996, pp. 40‑41.

25. La filosofia nella rete in "Alfazeta", VI, 6, June-July 1996, pp. 53-58.

26. Coscienza e vita. La filosofia francese dal tradizionalismo a Bergson, in Il testo filosofico, Vol. III, Tome 1, Bruno Mondadori, Milan 1998 (1st  Edition 1993), pp. 918-949.

27. La non-contemporaneit� di Bloch. A proposito di Eredit� del nostro tempo di Ernst Bloch, in "Itinerari filosofici", 6/7, May-December 1993, pp. 142-148.

28. Etiche a confronto, in "I viaggi di Erodoto", 13, April 1991, pp. 54-65. Non contemporaneit� e filosofia della storia nel Bloch di Erbschaft dieser Zeit,  in "Marx 101", I, January 1990, pp. 119-128.

29. L'eredit� di Marx nella Filosofia del denaro di Georg Simmel. Elementi per un confronto, in "Marx 101", I, 1989, pp. 111-126.

30. Esperienza, valore e denaro. Note sull'attualit� del pensiero di Simmel, in "Bollettino della societ� filosofica italiana", January-April 1989, pp. 59-65.

31 Il tempo della storia. Analisi trasversale di �Temps et r�cit�, Tome III "Le temps racont�" di Paul Ricoeur, in AA. VV. Seminario. Letture e discussioni intorno a L�vinas, Jank�l�vitch, Ricoeur,  edited by Laura Boella, Unicopli, Milan1988, pp. 143-157.

 

 

Awards

 

1. In 1999 he was awarded the Premio filosofico Castiglioncello in the �Antonella Muso� Youth Section for his volume La Rivoluzione digitale. Comunit�, individuo e testo nell�era di Internet (The Digital Revolution. Community, Individual and text in the Internet Era), Mimesis, Milan 1999. Jury presided over by Professor Paolo Rossi.

 

 

Contributions at conferences and seminars of international interest:

1. P. Ferri, S. Merlo, The Child Author -  Communicating and Cooperating on the Internet.  The Child Author School Network, Didamatica 2007 (Annual Congress promoted by AICA, the Italian Association of Computer Science and Automatic Calculus), Cesena, May 10-12, 2007.

2. Paolo Ferri (editor), Children and computers: what they know, what they do, INDIRE - OECD Expert Meeting On The New Millennium Learners (Florence, Italy - March, 5-6, 2007).

3. International Congress Communicating and learning using new technologies: methods of analysis, organized by the Department of Psychology, Center and Workshop of Communication Psychology, the Collaborative Knowledge Building Group, the "Qwerty� Magazine, Universit� Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, October 28, 2006, Milan, Largo Gemelli 1, Aula Pio XI.

4. Report The Fortech Project of the University of Milan - Bicocca, at the International Congress Designing e-Learning: processes, materials, connectivity, interoperability and strategies, promoted by the Faculty of Educational Sciences of the University of Macerata in partnership with the Center for e‑Learning and Integrated Education. Macerata June 7-9 2006.

5. Report The Internet Revolution and the revolution of the new media at the International Congress Technological invasions, How new technologies change mind, communication and science, organized by Telecom Progetto Italia, viaggio Telecom - Pisa, May 19-21, 2006, conceived and organized by Codice. Ideas for Cultures.

6. Report Finding a job, between flexibility and making jobs less secure. Final conference of the Right to Work Project which was developed during the academic year and was organized by the Roberto Franceschi ONLUS Foundation, with the support of the Municipality of Milan, the Ministry of Education - School Department of Lombardy, the Bicocca University and the Carialo Foundation, Milan, May 9, 2006.

7. Report Old and new Media at the International Congress Educating the media in a European perspective, organized by the University of Pavia, Degree Course in Communication. (CIM / ECM) CSA in Pavia, the Province of Pavia, Convegno Pavia, May 12, 2006, University of Pavia.

8. Report How to put the family back together around the new... hearth, with Susanna Mantovani at the presentation of the Italian edition of the book Connected family (ed. Mimesis, Milan) by Seymour Papert, March 29, 2006, as part of the Conference Cycle, The computer is among us, Auditorium of the Aquarium of Genoa, March 2006.

9. Report, Teachers, a new creative class at the Seminar �Monieffe � Lombardi@� � Monitoring activities of the school staff training in Lombardy, Academic Year 2005/2006, February 28, 2006.

10. Report Love for writing and multimediality at the Seminar Love for writing in adults education and other educational pathways, public seminar for the presentation of the European Socrates‑Grundtvig Project �ΦΙΛΟΓΡΑΦΙΑ − FILOGRAFIA, creative writing and multimediality�, organized by the Municipality of Milan, January 24, 2006, Milan.

11. Report Children and computers. Elements to tackle a complex issue at the Congress on Children and Teenagers Rights, January 23, 2006, Main Hall, Bocconi University, Milan.

12 Report How to improve school�s quality and efficiency through digital technologies at the Congress Where is school going? Teachers training, learning environments, innovation processes, Friday, November 25, Genoa Trade Fair - TED, Sala Riviera - Fiera Congressi - Genoa.

13. Report Insights into the role of technology in the training of the school�s technical and administrative staff, at the Regional Training Seminar for Tutor e-Learning  - Puntoedu platform, ATA staff, Desenzano del Garda, November 29, 2005 organized by USR Lombardia (www.spazi.org).

 

14. Report Theoretical Framework on the tutor�s function in education and e-Learning, at the Second Regional Training Seminar for Tutor e-Learning - Puntoedu platform, ATA staff, Desenzano del Garda, November 8, 2005 organized by USR Lombardia (www.spazi.org).

 

15. Opening report at the Conference Didactic Project Right to Work, organized by the Roberto Franceschi ONLUS Foundation, with the support of the Municipality of Milan, Ministry of Education - School Department of Lombardy, of the Bicocca University and the support of the Carialo Foundation, University of Milan - Bicocca, October 14, 2005.

 

16. Contribution How to make the use of on-line materials easier for teachers and students. Knowledge management and cross-mediality, at the Congress Digital Disconnect, communication, education, new languages: the Puntoedu case�, Florence, September 21, 2005. Gerini Building - Indire Hall.

 

17. Report The e-tutor�s role in the training of the school�s administrative staff at the Second Regional Training Seminar for Tutor e-Learning - Puntoedu platform, ATA staff, Desenzano del Garda, September 20, 2005, organized by USR-Lombardia, (www.spazi.org).

 

18. Report Educational communication in virtual cooperational learning environments at the first Regional Training Seminar for Tutor e-Learning � Puntoedu platform, ATA staff, School Center in Lampugnano, in via Natta 13, Milan, July 7, 2005, organized by USR-Lombardia, (www.spazi.org).

 

19. Contribution at the Congress The Child Author Project from kindergarten to University, Municipality of Corsico � Department of Education, Corsico, June 11, 2005.

 

20. Contribution �Molar and  Molecular Media� at the Congress �E-book and beyond: scenarios and technologies of digital publishing in the Information Society quasi e-Book Conference. Qua_si Doctorate, in partnership with the Department of Epistemology and Educational Hermeneutics, Milan, May 25, 2005 University of Milan�Bicocca.

 

21. Contribution Media education: how to �link� school, family and society at the First Conference on Media as Education to Democracy and Social Perticipation, organized by the Municipality of Cinisello Balsamo in partnership with the Megachip Association, Villa Ghirlanda, May 23, 2005.

 

22. Contribution Integration models between  virtual and real classrooms: a university pilot project at the Congress Real and/or virtual school? Educational technologies and scenarios in the Knowledge Society, in partnership with the Department of Epistemology and Education Hermeneutics, Milan, May 12, 2005 University of Milan�Bicocca.

 

23. Report Communication and culture in the Globalization Era, Aquarium of Genoa, March 30, 2005, as part of the cycle The thousand faces of communication. Colors, perfumes, gestures, words, net: the thousand faces of communication.

 

24. Speaker and Coordinator at the Congress Digital culture. Redefining the notion of the Intellectual Property Right for a Shared Knowledge Society, a meeting with Joy Ito, March 16, 2005, University of Milan - Bicocca.

 

25. Chairman at the International Congress Children and Computers. New technologies at school and at home, organized at the Teatro Dal Verme by the Faculty of Educational Sciences of the University of Milan - Bicocca and by the IBM Foundation, Via San Giovanni sul Muro, 2 � Milan, March 4, 2005. Among the speakers: Augusto Chioccariello, Jane Healy, Giuseppe O. Longo, Tom�s Maldonado, Langdon Winner and the research group of the University of Milan - Bicocca.

 

26. Chairman at the Workshop Handimatica: Kindergartens: computers and integration, ASPHI  ONLUS Foundation, Bologna, November 25,  2004.

27. Presentation of the research Interactivity, what appeal? ordered by Assolombarda within the framework of the Publishing and Communication Project , which features an Observatory to monitor the issues and emerging  features of the publishing business. The research has been presented together with Adriano Solidoro and Barbara Quacquarelli on the occasion of the Cenacolo Award Ceremony at the Auditorium of Assolombarda, November 15, 2004, Milan.

28.  Report, �The e-Tutor as a factor of social and organizational sustainability of the school system, Tutor Senior Seminar�, Regional School Office of Lombardy, INDIRE,  Desenzano del Garda, November 8‑9‑10, 2004.

29. Report, �Theories, practice, programs and considerations on the Italian normative framework� at the Seminar Conversations on primary schools: school and university exchange opinions on the new programs of Primary School. Let�s read together the national guidelines, Field: �Technology and Computer Science�, Friday, October 15, 2004, University of Milan - Bicocca.

30. Report  Two international examples of  blended learning: complements to regular courses at the University of Amsterdam and Lund University, IRRE - Training Meetings on Integration, IMPARONLINE Project, IRRE Lombardy, Cepad, Universit� Cattolica, October 7, 2004.

31. Report �Virtual communities as factor of social and organizational sustainability of the school system�, at the inter-regional Seminar Telematic Networks, Planning skills and on-line Training - Main Hall, Faculty of Economy, organized by IRRE Marche, Universit� Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona, Piazzale Martelli, September 8 - 4, 2004.

32. Report �Analysis of the identity and image of CGIL Lombardy through its communication experiences on the WEB�, at the Seminar: Successful communication Identity and Image of CGIL Lombardy through its communication experience, Salsomagiore, July 9, 2004.

33. Report at the Seminar Education and experience economy: edutainment, organized by the IBM Foundation Italy - Elesociety and by the University of Milan - Bicocca,  July 6, 2004, Piazza dell'Ateneo Nuovo, 1 Milan, Palazzo U6, 4th Floor, Classroom Riccardo Massa.

 
34. Participation at the European Symposium The challenges of education. Recoveries, Promises, Commitments organized by the Italian Episcopal Conference - Episcopal Commission for Catholic Education, School and University - National Office for Education, School and University. National Service for the Cultural  Project
in partnership with
the Council of the European Episcopal Conference - Commission of Episcopates of the European Union, Rome, Jolly Hotel Midas, July 1-4, 2004.

35. Report a the Seminar "Training and Experience Economy: edutainment", organized by the IBM Foundation Italy - Elesociety and by the University of Milan - Bicocca,  July 6, 2004, Piazza dell'Ateneo Nuovo, 1 Milan, Palazzo U6, 4th Floor, Riccardo Massa Classroom.


36.  Presentation of the paper Blumetti, F., Ferri, P., Ghiringhelli, C., Paoletti, F., Quacquarelli, B.,
Open university Vs. Consorzio Nettuno.
An institutional Analysis of two technology-enabled Higher Educational Systems, at the International ECIS Congress, 2004. The 12th European Conference on Information Systems, June 14-16, 2004. Turku, Finland.

37. Report Beyond the classroom: the digital cooperative learning as factor a of social and economic sustainability of education, at the Congress e-Learning and Sustainability, Enrico Mattei Eni Foundation, Tuesday, June 8, 2004 , CARIGE Foundation, Via D'Annunzio, 105.

 

38. Report: �The value of multicodality in education and digital teaching�, Study Congress: �Enhancing of audio and video archives: from Centers of Excellence to the network� organized by the Civic School Foundation of Milan, TTV Festival, 2004, Riccione, May 26-30.

 

39. Report The post-human self: for an anthropology of Homo digitalis, Psychology of Culture: from the Toumai man to the Web man, on the occasion of the publication of the volumes L�evoluzione della cultura by Luigi Luca Cavalli Sforza (Codice Edizioni, Torino) and Psicologia della cultura by Luigi Anolli (Il Mulino, Bologna). University of Milan - Bicocca, Wednesday, May 12, 2004 � Classroom U7‑01.

 

40. Report Paradoxes of technological training in Italy, at the Education and Work Fair, first exhibition on education and training, university and research, job services and human capital, organized by Ge. Fi., Milan Trade Fair, April 30, 2004.

 

41. The conference cycle organized by the Town Library Fra' Cristoforo, Milan, via Fra' Cristoforo, 6, with the title: �New technologies, between narrative imagery and reality. From Blade Runner to wearable computers�. The conference cycle included three conferences: Thursday, April 22, 2004, Report: The Net and the invention of cyberspace: from the origins of the Internet to the digital revolution; Thursday, May 6, 2004 Report: The cyborg and the post-human being; Thursday, May 20, 2004 Report: Globalization: big brother or digital democracy.

 

42. Report Teachers and technologies � The 2004 Report by the AIE Observatory on digital publishing/ Franco Brambilla IARD Institute at the International Congress �Educational publishing and ICT at school: winning strategies� (an initiative within the DOCET framework), Book for Kids Trade Fair, Bologna, April 14-17, 2004.

 

43. Report The life cycle of e-Learning at the Congress �The vanished frontier. Libraries, cultural services, territory� Town Library of Vimercate, with the support of the Municipality of Milan and Lombardy�s Regional Government, Vimercate, November 27, 2003.

 

44. Report Computer science in primary school at the Congress �The digital school of Lombardy. The gradual start of school reform: references, communication, technological supports� IBTS-Crossmedia Marketplace International Audio, Video, Broadcasting, Motion Picture and Telecommunications Show, Saturday, November 29, 2003, Milan Trade Fair.

 

45. Speaker at the Congress organized by the Italian Association of Educators �e‑Tutor: research and Action. The small worlds of e‑Learning�, Milan, November 7, 2003, Assolombarda, Falck Room, Via Chiaravalle 8.

 

46. Speaker at the Workshop "The relationship between e-Learning and Knowledge Management", October 7, 2003, University of Milan - Bicocca.

 

47. Report Autobiography and on-line communities, at the Congress: �Talking about effort. Social Knowledge, in written and oral form�, national Congress, Free University of Autobiography of Anghiari � University of Milan - Bicocca � Municipality of Anghiari �  Municipality of Arezzo, Anghiari, May 9‑10, 2003.

 

48. Presence at the International Congress, Click, steady, learn ? IBM Foundation � University of Milan - Bicocca, May 13, 2003, Sala Convegni Banca Intesa, Milan Piazzetta Bossi, 2.

 

49. Report The artificialization and digital manipulation of education at the national Seminar From the challenges to education to the challenges of education. For a recovery of the culture of education within the Framework of the Cultural Project in a Christian perspective, organized by the Episcopal Commission for Education, School and University of the Italian Episcopal Conference, Rome, Collegio degli Scolopi, March 28-29.

 

50. Report: The life cycle of e-Learning,  at the Collegio Foundation in Milan, Milan, March 27, 2003.

 

51. Report: Old and new communication tools: analysis of the relationship media-message-public, at the Congress �Words, images and bits. Study Seminar on information and communication, organized by the Franceschi Foundation, 2-26-2003, Main Hall of Universit� Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, February 26, 2003.

 

52. Contribution Introduction to the sociology of communication, Carducci High School, Orientation Seminar on Humanities for students - Sociology of Communication, February 8, 2003.

 

53. Report Poetics and the theories of Cyber Culture at the PhD Seminar �Cyber culture� at the University of Urbino - Department of Sociology, 12-11-2002.

 

54. Report: From centralized communication to affinity networks at the Congress Kontatto. Young people & Communication. Innovation and social work strategies, Cavenago, November 30, 2002.

 

55. Report at the opening Seminar �Scenarios in cyberspace� of the Postgraduate Course �@ Academy ‑ Content and Knowledge Management� organized by the Sto� School of Management, Telecom Italia, Ministry of Work and Welfare, Ercolano (NA), Villa Campolieto, 11-18-2002.

 

56. Report: A model of the development stages of e-Learning systems at the Seminar �Educational Leadership�, IBM Foundation Italy - Regional School Office of Lombardy, Noverate (MI),  Novembre 2002.

 

57. Contribution at the International Congress �Between Terror and Control Symbolic Forms and Imaginary Instances in Contemporary Societies� University of Milan - Bicocca, Piazza dell�Ateneo Nuovo, November 12-13, 2002.

 

58. Report: The digital divide: the drowned and the saved. The Information Communication Technology, globalization and the need for an interconnected development, at the Triennial Congress of the Italian Association of Sociology, Political Sociology Section, �Political power and globalization, University of  Calabria, Arcavacata di Rende (Cosenza), Thursday 26  and Friday 27, September 2002.

 

59. Report: Security and Globalization. Risks and opportunities, at the International Seminar, �Connective revolution and security. Internet and the transformations of the international political system, March 18, 2002, Castle of San Martino, Priverno- Latina.

 

60.  Report: Multimedia teaching in Italian Schools at the Congress All in Network  2000-2001, at the ITCS Parco Nord in Cinisello Balsamo, June 2001.

 

61. Report:  E-volution: Challenges to the integration of ICT in traditional business sectors � publishing, communication, show business at the Seminar �Click and mortar. The organizational technological innovation between New and Old Economy� � May 11, 2001 University of Milan - Bicocca.

 

62. Contribution: Time and space in hypertexts and hypermedia, at the Congress, �The Philosophy of the Web�, University of Milan, October 2000.

 

63. Contribution: Virtual communities: ancient history of a brand new concept at the Congress organized by A.R.E.A.: �Culture, communication, networks: the Internet Revolution�, Sondrio, June 16, 2000.

 

64. Contribution: From virtual communities to corporate portals at the Congress Taking up knowledge?�, Milan, Spazio di Brera, April 19, 2000.

 

65. Contribution From books to hypermedia at the Congress Ariadne�s thread. Congress on reading, Town Library in Rho, April 8,  2000.

 

66. Contribution: The digital city: social transformation and new media at the Congress �Net Libraries. Designing and managing the multimedia services of a library: the experience of  Vimercate�, Vimercate Library, November 25, 1999.

 

67. Contribution: Scenarios of the new work, within the framework of the �Netday 1992�, Proxima Center, Sesto San Giovanni, November 15, 1999.

 

68. Conference Hypertext: a new space for writing, Archivi �900, Milan, October 26, 1999.

 

69. Contribution: The narration of hypertext at the Congress �Arts and Literature in e-Publishing � Teaching, New Technologies, University publishing�, Milan-Pavia, October 19-20, 1999.

 

70. Speaker at the Seminar �Virtual communities. Aggregation as a favorable starting point for one�s on‑line business�, in partnership with Lycos, Smau 1999, Milan, October 2, 1999.

 

71. Contribution: New technologies and cultural transformations at the meeting �School and multimediality� as part of the �Internet Fiesta 1999�, Sesto San Giovanni, March 20, 1999.

 

72. Contribution: Social, relational and cultural transformation caused by the Net and its political use at the �Seminar on the regional project of a school for political training - Democratici di Sinistra Political Party�, Milan, January 9, 1999.

 

73.  Contribution: Actors, models, educational opportunities at the Congress Educational processes and new technologies, Provincial Education Office of Arezzo, on the occasion of the �School Day 1998�, May 30, 1998.

 

74. Contribution: The virtual community at the �International Congress of the Academy of  Italo‑German Studies�, Merano, May 11-13, 1998.

 

75. Contribution: Hypertext in teaching at the Informa scuola 1998�, Palazzo delle Stelline, Milan, Thursday, April 1, 1998.  

 

76. Contribution: Individual, text and community at the CongressMulti-what? Mathematics and new multimedia languages, Milan, Universit� Bocconi, March 30-31, 1998.

 

77. Contribution: Communities and virtual communities: comparing two concepts at the Congress �Virtual communities and Humanities: a culture for the new millennium�, IULM University,  Milan, November 26‑27-28, 1997.

 

78. Contribution: Style, life, money: notes on the Philosophy of money by Georg Simmel at the Seminar �Styleedited by Elio Franzini e Vittorio Ugo, University of Milan, Thursday, April 17, 1997.

 

79. Contribution: Apocalyptic and integrated, for a philosophy of digital revolution at the International Congress Researching and teaching Humanities while dealing with new technologies�, IULM University,  Milan, November 14-15, 1996.

 

80. Seminar �Archives of memory and new resources for research�, Center for Literary and Historical Studies Natalino Sapegno, Aosta, June 24-28, 1996.

 

81. Contribution: From the personal community to the virtual community at the International Congress �Individual and Community in Europe on the brink of the new Millennium�, Academy of Italo‑German Studies, Merano, May 6-8, 1996.

 

82. Contribution: Philosophy and the digital revolution. Instructions for use, at the Congress �Humanism & Computer Science�, May 24-25, 1996, University of Trento.

 

83. Contribution at the Study Days, The contribution of Computer Science in teaching philosophy, Perugia, March 18-19-20 ,1996.

 

 

 

Professional activities

 

    

   1. Since March 2000 he has been collaborating as scientific supervisor with Weaver Ltd., a society dealing with designing and counselling in the sector of new digital technologies, especially content providing and e-Publishing. Here are some of the society�s activities: designing and management of portals, thematic portals, business portals, dynamic web sites and interactive services with high added value for the user; designing and management of off-line multimedia products and integrated products for the  publishing business (paper + digital); providing consulting on Technology transfert and on the impact of new media on management; designing and managing digital archives of corporate or business types or for public administration (Intranet networks and/or Internet); human resources training. Companies involved: RCS, Mondadori, Le Monnier.

2. Until January 2000 he worked as editorial designer (editor) of the textbook series published by Bruno Mondadori Editore in Milan (topics: History, Human Sciences, Economy and Law, Multimedia). Paravia Bruno Mondadori is the #3 Italian publishing house of textbooks for schools and universities. Over the course of his editorial career, he also had the following positions: junior editor (6 months), senior editor (1 year), editorial designer (editor) of university textbook series (4 years, in this position he developed a project for the entrance of the publishing house in the university sector and developed a catalogue now counting more than 200 books), editorial designer in the school sector (field: secondary education, classical studies, 4 years). The designer position entails the economic and managerial responsibility of one�s competence sector and implies the coordination and management of editors, graphic designers, editorial secretaries and external collaborators who take part in the production of each work.

3. In the multimedia sector he has been editorial coordinator of the website of the magazine I viaggi di Erodoto (www.viaggidierodoto.com) edited by Bruno Mondadori; he designed the BIM series (Biblioteca Interattiva Multimediale, 6 books + CD-Rom. The first books have been published in March 2000); he coordinated the design of contents, teaching and user interfaces of the complementary CD‑ROMs to the History Course (biennium and triennium), Grammar (biennium), Economy and Law (biennium), Italian Literature (Anthology, biennium). He also designed and took care of the production of a number of multimedia school aids (How to write your paper for your school‑leaving examination, Exercise Books) and developed a feasibility study of multimedia projects for school and university publishing, including the design of a series of interdisciplinary textbooks stored on magnetic media.

 

Further activities

 

1. He is scientific advisor for the Italian publishing houses Utet and De Agostini for the university press sector.

2. He has been scientific advisor for the Italian publishing houses Le Monnier and Mondadori for the school and university press sector, focusing in particular on multimedia projects.

2. He has been member of the Evaluation Committee of the Regional Government of Lombardy.

3. He has been member of the project "Sesto, City of communication" from 1999 to 2001.

4. He has been member of the Scientific Committee of the �Museum of Work� in Sesto San Giovanni, and while in this position he has been part of the project group working on the creation of a Museum�s �Multimedia Portal�.

5. Together with Ubaldo Fadini and Tiziana Villani he is director of the book series "Eterotopie" published by Mimesis, Milan.

6. He worked as advisor for Mediaset and Unilever on the subject �Technology transfert�.

7. He has been Professor of Computer Science at the �Course for young social workers�, FSE Course organized by the Municipality of Settimo Milanese, June-September, 1998, 30 hours.

8. He is one of the co-founders of "Gruppo Innovazione" (Innovation Group) in Milan http://www.innovazione.perlulivo.it/. "Gruppo Innovazione" has organized among other things the cycle of meetings "I Luned� di Innovazione" at the House of Culture in Milan (November 1998 - March 1999).

9. He organized and taught (1998 and 1999) the following courses at the �Centro Proxima� for teleservices and telework in Sesto San Giovanni:

Internet: surfing, surfing. Course for beginners and non-beginners, Rondottanta Cultural Center - Centro Proxima for teleservices and telework, 2/12/1998 � 3/5/ 1998;

Internet: the surfing continues, Rondottanta Cultural Center - �Centro Proxima� for teleservices and telework, 5-14-1998/6-4-1998.

 Contact me

Paolo Maria Ferri

Viale  Tunisia 2,  20142 Milan

web site: http://www.paoloferri.net

e-mail:  paolo.ferri@unimib.it

  

Milan, January 1st, 2006