University of Florence
The University of Florence (UniFi) is an Italian public research university located in Florence, Italy. It is an important and influential centre for research and higher training in Italy, with 1,800 lecturers and internal research staff, 1,600 technical and administrative staff, and over 1,600 research assistants and doctoral students. It offers a wide range of study programmes at various levels and in all areas of knowledge. 126 Degree courses, organised in 10 Schools, with a population of about 51,000 enrolled students, 1/4 of which come from outside of Tuscany. There are over 9,000 degrees awarded each year in Florence. UniFi has a natural international vocation and the development of internationalization is one of its strategic priorities. It is one of the largest and most productive public research systems in Italy thanks to the number of researchers working in a wide range of disciplinary fields, and to an intensive participation in research programmes of national and international relevance and to the significant scientific results achieved. External funds support the research and knowledge transfer activities. This qualifies UniFi as a modern research university and accounts for its excellent position in national and world rankings.
The Department of Education, Languages, Interculture, Literatures and Psychology (FORLILPSI) at UniFi is made up of about 50 scholars, including full and associate professors, assistant professors and researchers. In terms of research and knowledge production, particular interest is placed on individual, relational, social and environmental wellbeing; on building social, health and educational services based on cultural, legal and scientific evidence, and the emerging needs of civil society; on developing innovative approaches to teaching and learning with a particular focus on the use of digital media and the promotion of media and digital literacy; on supporting research and training in intercultural contexts to promote equity, social inclusion and democratic citizenship.
Maria Ranieri, PhD in “Telematics and Information Society”, is an Associate Professor in Educational Technology (M-PED / 03) at Department of Education, Languages, Interculture, Literatures and Psychology (FORLILPSI) at the University of Florence. She is the Director of the “Educational Technology Laboratory” (http://www.lte.unifi.it) at UniFi and of the post graduate Masters Programme in “The new digital competences: open education, social and mobile learning”. Her main research areas include theory and methodology relating to media and technology in education, as well as work around teachers’ practices and students’ learning. On these topics she has published more than a hundred papers and ten books, and has coordinated several European projects.
Educational technologies, Media education, Teacher training, Digital scholarship
Stefano Cuomo, graduated with honors in Electronic Engineering from the University of Florence, he obtained the PhD in Environmental Engineering. His curriculum has constantly alternated academic and entrepreneurial research. Professionally he has focused his activities in the sector of innovation – technological and non – for companies and research institutions. For more than twenty years he has been Project Manager and Coordinator in numerous research projects funded by both the European Commission and national funds. Since 2013 he collaborates permanently with the Department of Education, Languages, Interculture, Literatures and Psychology (FORLILPSI) in writing and management of research projects.
Impact evaluation, technological and social innovation, new technologies in teaching and communication.
Alice Roffi, She is currently a doctoral student at the University of Florence, and a member of the Education Technologies Laboratory directed by Prof. Maria Ranieri. She collaborates in the drafting and management of research projects in the field of innovative technologies for education. She has a degree in science in “Biomolecular and Cellular Sciences”, she earned 24 CFU in Anthro-Psycho-Pedagogical subjects, as well as a PhD in science and a first level Master in “Journalism and Institutional Communication of Science”.
Digital skills in education, Media Education and the use of innovative technologies in STEM teaching.
Gabriele Biagini, Research fellow at the Department of Education, Languages, Interculture, Literature and Psychology of the University of Florence (FORLILPSI) of the University of Florence from 2020 on the issues of design, research and development in the field of educational data mining and learning analytics. Graduated with honors in Continuing Education and Adult Education, following a Master’s degree from the University of Florence on Big Data Analytics and Technologies for Management, he has acquired many years of experience in the field of Data Science. .
Lifelong Learning, Learning Analytics, Educational Data Mining, Data Storytelling & Data Visualization, Artificial Intelligence
Ilaria Ancillotti, She is a research fellow at the Department of Education, Languages, Interculture, Literature and Psychology of the University of Florence. She has a degree in Pedagogical Planning in Services for Minors (LM-50) at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Piacenza and a II level Master in School Psychology and Psychopathology of Learning at the University of Florence.
Educational technologies, inclusion, teaching, e-learning.