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Prof. Maria Amata Garito

International Telematic University UNINETTUNO
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 39
00186 ROMA

E-Learning: New Models of Knowledge Organisation and Communication

Internet has completely changed the ways of producing and communicating knowledge. The new media allow any citizen, without any limits of space and time to access knowledge. The amount of educational contents posted on the Internet makes learning take place also outside traditional educational and training organizations.

In this context, the International Telematic University UNINETTUNO carried out a lot of research work to identify the theoretical models upon which to implement networked collaborative teaching and learning processes. On the basis of the identified theoretical models the Internet-based didactic platform, www.uninettunouniversity.net has been engineered and it is the only one worldwide where teaching and learning are carried on in four languages: Arabic, English, French and Italian. In the Didactic cyberspace it is possible to access various learning environments: watch digitised videolessons linked, in a multimedia and hypertextual way, to books, texts, selected bibliographical references, lists of websites, exercises and virtual laboratories.

The Didactic Cyberspace learning environments allow to:

• Organising and deliver educational contents in a pre-planned, structured and consequential way;
• Adapting the educational process to the needs of the individual student;
• Supplying the training tools capable of transforming theoretical knowledge into practical abilities and therefore into professional skills;
• Monitoring the student’s learning progress through continuous assessments whose results can be consulted by the student himself in order auto-assess his own learning process;
• Bringing together the protagonists of the learning process: students, professors and tutors in open and flexible learning environments allowing to:
• Starting up new bi-directional distance communication relationships in real time;
• Realising dynamic training contents that can be enriched by other contents available on the web;
• Integrating different kinds of media;
• Organising contents in a multimedia and hypertextual way;
• Customise the learning systems.

Thanks to the Internet, these new models of networked knowledge organisation and communication led to the creation of a new psycho-pedagogic model, which is characterised by the shift:

• From the professor’s central role to the student’s central role,
• From knowledge transfer to knowledge creation;
• By the integration between theory and practice;
• From a passive and competitive learning to an active and collaborative learning.

Universities’ lecture halls can arrive into the homes of the citizens of the whole world; students can attend university with no limits of space and time wherever they are in open spaces, in cultural centres, workplaces etc… and get a study title recognised in Italy, in Europe and the Mediterranean Countries. They can achieve the skills they need to enter the global labour market and to be able to interact with the different cultures of the world.

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