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T2
Teaching Tutoring - Intelligent Agents to customize lifelong learning pathways in microfinance sector

Period: 2008 - 2010
Programme: Leonardo da Vinci – Transfer of Innovation
Budget: Euro 321.618,00

T2 project was aimed at improving the quality of training in the microfinance sector by providing a learning model based on Artificial Intelligence technology and blended learning. It allowed professionals from microfinance institutions to customise their training path according to their learning needs. T2 Programs on Sustainable Microfinance have been offered in Poland, France and Italy and delivered in three sessions: on-line course, on-site workshops and web-based project works. T2 platform encompassed an e-course and a Virtual Tutor, an intelligent agent system able to generate personal assessment pathways for learners. This evaluation tool helped teachers customize face-to-face sessions based on learners’ specific needs. The Virtual Tutor acted as a realistic teacher, personalizing a sequence of assessment questions and giving appropriate feedback based on each trainee’s response.

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LESCO
Reinforcing the links between education and working life and improving students’ career orientation

Period: 2008 - 2010
Programme:  Lifelong Learning Programme – Leonardo da Vinci  Learning Partnership
Budget: Euro 12.000,00

LESCO project, a Learning Partnership involving four organizations from Italy, Bulgaria, Belgium and Austria, intended to study in full the topics of career guiding and counselling and reinforcing the links between education and working life. The project intended to identify relevant difficulties linked to education and training (e.g. reasons for early drop-outs; difficult transition to work; lack of motivation to study) in partner countries, choose appropriate best practices and draw some conclusions to advance secondary and tertiary education programs in Europe. The project scheduled five meetings in the partner countries.

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VA2EL
VA2EL
VAluing Education and Experience for Local councillors in Europe

Period: 2008 - 2010
Programme: Lifelong Learning Programme – Leonardo da Vinci Multilateral Project
Budget: Euro 382.809,00

VA2EL project was addressed to local councillors serving or having served in local authorities of the six partner countries: France, Austria, Greece, Italy, Poland and Lithuania. The project’s specific target group included councillors from small municipalities. Being poorly remunerated, they usually combined their mandate with a full-time job. VA2EL project was aimed at proposing a specific support for the local councillors, the E-Portfolio, aimed at identifying and valorising the competences and skills acquired during their mandate. The use of such a tool leaded to a self-exploration process allowing the local councillors to find out which skills and competences they have gained, also focusing on their training needs and future professional objectives.

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E-NEEDD
European Network on Exchange Early Detection Drug-consumption

Period:  2008 - 2010
Programme: Lifelong Learning Programme – Comenius Multilateral Project
Budget: Euro 369.965,00

E-NEEDD Project coordinated joining institutions (seven universities, one NGO, one Trade Union and one secondary school) in a exercise of mutual collaboration to advance knowledge of prevention tools for professionals who work with teenagers. Key partners were Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED) acting as beneficiary institution and Universidad Miguel Hernández acting as the coordinator. The project intended to carry out the following activities: comparative study of preventive interventions developed in the participating countries (Spain, Portugal, Italy, Romania and Turkey) and identification of appropriate best practices; development of an early detection scale of drug use for teenagers; design and evaluation of a training program on prevention and counselling in drug abuse aimed at secondary school teachers; design, development and maintenance of a website for dissemination of contents related to project objectives.

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EDUNATHER
Educational strategies for the promotion of Natural heritage

Period:  2006 - 2008
Programme: Leonardo da Vinci – II Fase
Budget: Euro 398.966

EDUNATHER was a pilot project coordinated by GeoCultural Park of Eastern Aegean, which introduced web-based GIS technologies to educational processes. EDUNATHER provided complete and practically feasible solutions with regard to innovative training programs based on the use of web-GIS (Geographic Information System) technologies. The scope of the project was to develop an on-line spatial database with multidisciplinary data. The online spatial database acted as information rendering and data exchanging providing rich multimedia experiences for e-learning purposes. The end-users of the system are teachers and students at all educational levels, individual researchers and educational institutes. A series of ecourses based on GIS tools on the topics of geology, geomorphology, and agriculture are developed and available on line. The courses were designed either to act as a supplementary tool for traditional classes or to act as autonomous courses for open learning.

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PARMENIDE
Promuovere Avanzate Risorse e MEtodologie per Nuovi Insegnamenti nella Digital Education

Period:  2005 - 2007
Programme:  Leonardo da Vinci – II Fase
Budget: Euro 461.475,00

PARMENIDE project, coordinated by Guglielmo Marconi University, was aimed at bridging the gap between theoretical and practical approaches and fostering the importance of pedagogical agents for on-the-job and computer-based training. In order to demonstrate the potential and effectiveness of the new methodology based on Intelligent Agents, PARMENIDE experimented two pilot applications for transportation sector workers. In such applications, the virtual pedagogical characters used Artificial Intelligence methods to carry out complex tasks and enhance a pragmatic approach to solve problems. In addition, the virtual agent evaluated trainees’ performances and adapted the learning method to their specific needs.
Project’s beneficiaries included academic community involved in developing innovative pedagogical models; technical staff and employees operating within the transport sector; firms and business interested in monitoring didactic experimentation and educational processes.

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alfa Programa Interuniversitario de postgrad
Programa Interuniversitario de postgrado On-line euro-latinoamericano en manejo y conservación de recursos naturales, sistemas agropecuarios
sostenibles y medio ambiente para el desarrollo

Programme: ALFA
Budget: Euro 340.000,00

Guglielmo Marconi University participated in the project Postgrados y doctorados a Distancia en Educación aimed at developing an online postgraduate course on environmental development and agro-food system management.

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Postgrados y doctorados a Distancia en Educación

Programme: ALFA
Budget: Euro 413.200,00

Guglielmo Marconi University participated in the project “UE-AIESAD: Postgrados y Doctorados a Distancia en Educación”, an academic initiative in the framework of ALFA Programme which promoted the cooperation in the field of Higher Education between the European Union and Latin America. The project intended to create an exchange program (graduates and Phd students) both in presence and at distance. The initiative contributed to promote a major knowledge of topical problems concerning the recognition of doctorate and post-graduation studies between EU and Latin America, on the experience of the exchange program specifically designed for them.

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RUEDA
Evaluación de los Programas de Educación a Distancia

Programme: ALFA

Guglielmo Marconi University joined RUEDA project, an academic initiative which intended to explore and identify a series of quality criteria to evaluate processes and products of e-learning. The project involved several Latin American and European universities which form network of excellence pertaining to verifiable criteria to ensure quality in distance learning. The project was aimed at identifying, systematize and share the assessment methods used by those academies which offer online programs and propose advanced solutions to improve methodological evaluation.

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