Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Erasmus Visit at Anglia Ruskin University

The Erasmus seminars of Elisa Palomba and Enrico Ciavolino:
  • Elisa Palomba. "Italian Education System". Click here to see it.
  • Elisa Palomba. "Laboratorio di Intercultura". Click here to see it.
  • Elisa Palomba. "University of Salento". Click here to see it.
  • Enrico Ciavolino. "Beer, statistics and multi-dimensional analysis. Click here to download it.
Below some photos of our research experience.

Photo with Students

Elisa & Nik

 School 1
  School 2
 School 3
Sensory Room
Ciavolino's Beer & Statistics Seminar

Monday, 7 April 2014

Erasmus Visit at University of Salento

In this page you can find the Slides of the Debbie Holley Erasmus presentation in Lecce. Click here to download it.

Friday, 17 January 2014

Students' Quotations for the Debbie and Mike Erasmus Workshop

I liked the meeting conducted by Prof. Debbie Holley and Prof. Mike Hobbs, because first of all we knew different views on issues that we hear every day and then it is very interesting the union between the educational process and the use of new technological tools .
(Fabiana Marra)
When Prof. Ciavolino purposed us to participate to a seminar called “Erasmus Project” I was a little skeptical because of the understandiblity of the argument, since it would be in English language. But anyway I decided to take part to this meeting. Actually I have been denied because, despite of the English language, the seminar has been understandable and very interesting, thanks to Mrs. Debbie Holley, that hasn’t only procured us basics but, in addition of explaining the argument in a simple and clear way, has also engaged us through exercises and has handed over us interesting ideas for a reflection finalized to a better use and learning of the technology.
(Carmen Stanca)
The proposal of Prof. Ciavolino to participate in the seminar "Erasmus Project" had left me with the question of what it was and I was intrigued, and this was the reason why I decided to participate. I have to admit that, given that the seminar was in English, I was afraid that I would not have to understood much about the content and that I would bored, instead I considered it interesting and instructive thanks to Mrs Debbie Holley that has been able, not only to provide knowledge about a better use of technology with an understandable English and explaining in a simple way, but also to involve us in the topic making us to perform some exercises, making us an active part in the seminar and leaving us some important reflexion insights.
(Cristina Maggiore)
Be present at the workshop of Prof Debbie Holley and Prof Mike Hoobs has been a privilege. In a first time, the sweet Prof. Debbie Holley discussed, by projection of slides, the use of technology in learning and life environments;
later, we interacted about our university expectations and our hopes for the future; finally, we analyzed an interview to identify descriptive, narrative or interpretative pieces of text.
It was a very enjoyable and educational experience. We also have known nice and available teachers, it is important to learn while having fun!
(Gloria Lagetto)
Communication and technology are a huge part of our daily lives, but we often forget their power. “I’m here for the learning revolution!” These are strong words. “Oh my god”- I thought – “Is it possible?”
Exploring words, drawing language, working with technology. This is revolution. In my opinion, the seminar was important because reminded that, in the fast modern society, learning is two steps forward from
us, but we also can manage daily those learning devices! Can we do this properly? On November 30th, we peeked through the chink of a revolutionary door, like Alice in Wonderland, we tried to discover
learning, we had the opportunity to listen to the stories told from other people.
(Elisa Giannaccari)

Monday, 4 November 2013

Erasmus Visit in Lecce

Dr Mike Hobbs and I visited the University of Salento, Lecce, Italy on an ERASMUS staff exchange. Introducing a class of psychology masters students to the notion of a 3D virtual world was an interestingness exercise, as the students had not previously been aware of the existence of these worlds. Drawing upon Second Life as an example, and showing video footage and images from 'in world', the possibilities of this technology as an aid to learning were explored.The contrast between the more didactic approaches to pedagogy in the Italian classroom and the more collaborative and constructivist possibilities were of real interest to the audience.

As psychologists, they were extremely interested in identify, and intrigued by the need to create an 'avatar' (a virtual representation of themselves) to navigate in Second Life. A class exercise on 'what avatar would you be?' revealed some interesting answers, and summarised below are the main groupings for answers.

Italian celebrities (8) 7 film stars plus 1 footballer
International celebrities (11) mainly film stars or singers  2 Kate Middleton
Animals (3)
Body descriptions - (8) all with 'thin' as key descriptor
Intellectual suggestions (3) (Patch Adams, clown therapist; Rita Levi Montalcini, Italian Nobel Prize winner; Pablo Neruda, Poet)

In terms of our broader research interests, identity and fame; identity and body image; identity and imagined possibilities are themes to explore further. For more information see Mike Hobbs students work at Anglia Ruskin in Second Life at Anglia Ruskin University Island and Debbie Holleys webpage
Find us in SL: Mike is Austin Thatcher and Debbie is Deb Khaos