Designing and evaluation of learning environments (2020/2021)

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Name of lecturer
Beniamino Caputo
Beniamino Caputo
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
Sem. 2A dal Feb 15, 2021 al Apr 1, 2021.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims to describe conceptual bases of “learning-environments” approach, and to help in the understanding of the formative impact of some strategies/learning environments. The course also aims to identify the most appropriate contexts for their use: in/out/beyond the classroom. Some efficient plants of learning environments will be analysed and evaluated, in the trainer’s view, also focusing on digital technologies and Internet. By the end of the course students will be able to: - understand the theoretical roots of the "learning environments" approach; - know approaches (models and tools) to assessing learning environments; - analyse and conc eive effective proposals for designing learning environments, including using technologies.


The course will deal with the following topics:
• Designing complex learning environments
• Human capital and human capital formation in firms and other work organizations
• The concept of boundaryless learning
• Instructional design and successful learning environment
• Process, role, and technology as variables of learning environment
• The primacy of experience and the people value
• Immersive and simulated learning environments

The evaluation
• Evaluating training design: problems and operational tools
• Evaluation of learning environments: definitions and approaches;
• The systemic approach to evaluation;
• Assessment of needs and screening of solutions;
• Evaluation planning and evaluation design

Amicucci F, Gabrielli G, Boundaryless learning. Nuove strategie e strumenti per la formazione, Franco Angeli, Milano 2013

Baldetti G., Ghezzi G.M., Ghiringhelli C., Nacamulli R.C.D., Simulando si impara. Progettare e gestire ambienti complessi di apprendimento, Franco Angeli, Milano 2015

Setti S., Il linguaggio del progetto, F .Angeli, Milano, 2013

Further suggested bibliography
Heckman J.J., Kautz T. Formazione e valutazione del capitale umano, Il Mulino, Bologna 2016

Methodological aspects
As far as possible, the course method aims at forming the experience of learning environments through the participants’ involvement in the activities both in the classroom and online. The participation in online activities might be an alternative to the study of some texts, or part of them, for the exam. For this reason, attending lectures is highly recommended.
The lectures consist of:
• Frontal lessons
• Online activities
• Analysis of texts and film material
• Discussion on chosen subjects and indicated material
• Witnesses
• Practice exercises

E-learning space dedicated to the course.
Beyond the lecture activities, in the online space on Moodle, it will be possible to share materials, exchange and realize the project work. In this space, there will be the contents of the lectures. Space will be available until the end of the exams.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Amicucci F., Gabrielli G. (a cura di) Boundaryless learning. Nuove strategie e strumenti per la formazione FrancoAngeli 2013 978-88-204-0593-9
Heckman J.J., Kautz T. Formazione e valutazione del capitale umano il Mulino 2016 978-88-15-26770-2
Baldetti G., Ghezzi G.M., Ghiringhelli C., Nacamulli R.C.D., Simulando si impara. Progettare e gestire ambienti complessi di apprendimento Franco Angeli 2015 978-88-917-1158-8

Assessment methods and criteria

Learning assessment
The learning assessment will be made for all students through two different assessment tools:
• A written examination with some open questions and some closed questions;
• A short paper (abstract) on the content of the course starting from a chosen chapter of the bibliography (or a topic presented during the lectures, for those who attend classes)

Before the written task, the students must submit a short paper according to the following guidelines:
• Short paper (abstract maximum 5 pages) for those who attend classes
• Short paper (abstract at least 8 pages) for those who do not attend classes

Participation in the project work constitutes an element of evaluation for the examination.
The abstract must be sent to at least 7 days before the written exam.
For the purpose of the exam grade, will be considered (for those who attended the course or at least the on-line laboratory):
• Written examination, up to 15 points;
• Short paper, up to 7 points
• Project work, up to 8 points

For non-attending students who do not participate in project work activities, the evaluation will be focused on the quality of the abstract and on the written test.