Maria Ranieri

Maria Ranieri
University of Florence | UNIFI · Department of Education Languages Interculture Literatures and Psychology

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Education
January 1989 - July 1996
University of Florence
Field of study
  • Philosophy

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Publications (154)
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Digital systems are increasingly becoming central to the running of contemporary schools. A range of digital tools are also adopted by teachers to facilitate face to face teaching and learning and more recently to accommodate remote schooling. Similarly, digital technologies lie at the heart of how students support their learning but also interact...
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In less than half a century, digital environments have pervaded nearly all aspects of our lives. Presently, the importance of Immersive Environments (IE) in education is rapidly increasing, offering interesting new opportunities for learning in higher education, but at the same time presenting some risks related to their use. In particular, the IE...
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Il titolo di questo lavoro è suggerito dalla necessità di operare una riflessione critica sui temi relativi all’Intelligenza Artificiale (IA) e di introdurre una alfabetizzazione a questi temi (Artificial Intelligence Literacy - AI Literacy). Lo studio prevede una breve ricognizione storico-teorica sulla natura, sull’uso e la conoscenza dell’IA e s...
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Background Over recent years, interest towards the use of immersive technologies has grown in parallel with the lowering of equipment costs: educators have started embedding them into their teaching practices at different levels of the educational system, from primary school to higher education. In general, immersive technologies are seen as suitab...
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The volume focuses on the educational use of 360° video at the university to bring teachers closer to the adoption of innovative teaching practices. The use of this technology is gaining momentum, attracting the interest of teachers from different subject areas for the potential of 360 ° video to anticipate experiences, especially in risky contexts...
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The volume focuses on the educational use of 360° video at the university to bring teachers closer to the adoption of innovative teaching practices. The use of this technology is gaining momentum, attracting the interest of teachers from different subject areas for the potential of 360 ° video to anticipate experiences, especially in risky contexts...
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The Covid-19 pandemic has brought to light many problematic knots within the Italian welfare state. The scientific literature produced in recent months has focused heavily on the impact that the pandemic has had in various sectors, neglecting over the data on social-educational services. The present study questions the role that the figure of the e...
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Questo contributo ha l’obiettivo di sintetizzare le evidenze esistenti circa l’utilizzo della realtà aumentata e della realtà virtuale per l’insegnamento delle discipline scientifiche, al fine di identificare punti di forza e aspetti critici per l’apprendimento. La ricerca è stata condotta su Google Scholar, selezionando gli articoli pubblicati in...
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This article aims to report the experiences of a Brazilian student in academic mobility at the Universitá degli Studi di Firenze - Italy during the period of the new coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). The isolation measures intended transformations in an emergency character such as the suspension of the classes in person and the adoption of the synch...
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The unprecedented shift to remote schooling introduced in many countries in the spring of 2020 as one of the preventive measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 gave us the opportunity not only to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of remote schooling, but also to reflect on how education is being provided in general. We interviewed in total aroun...
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COVID-19 lockdown measures adopted by governments in March 2020 have impacted our society as never happened before. The school system was not an exception. Interventions to allow students for distance learning through the support of ‘old’ (e.g. TV) or ‘new’ media (e.g. digital platforms) have been promoted, involving millions of students and teache...
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According to international research and institutions, the Higher Education sector needs to deeply innovate his didactic methodologies. In this sense, the integration and use of ICTs have been seen as a possible driver for the improvement of education’ quality, and showed good affordances for teaching and learning in terms of engagement, communicati...
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The history of Italian public television presents many educational programs created with the aim of offering a cultural and educational service supporting the school. The closure of the school, due to the health emergency from Covid 19, has given a strong incentive to the use of technologies in education, while highlighting the presence of an impor...
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Dagli anni Novanta ad oggi, il tema della qualità della didattica universitaria è stato oggetto di crescente interesse sia a livello nazionale che internazionale, come il fiorire di iniziative in questo ambito testimonia. Nel nostro paese, l’attenzione al problema è attestata dai vari convegni organizzati dai diversi Atenei (Errico, 2017), dalle pu...
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Media and intercultural education are being increasingly recognised as a fundamental competence for teachers of the 21st century. Digital literacy and civic competence are facing several new challenges in response to the intensification of migratory phenomena and the unprecedented spread of fake news, especially among adolescents at risk of social...
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The use of media and technologies in education, for teaching and learning, has a long history whose development was particularly intense in the 20th century owing to the rapid spread of information and communication technologies, for example audiovisual media such as radio and television, digital media, and the Internet. The extensive use of educat...
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Over the years, the notion of literacy has progressively expanded from a narrow definition identifying it with a set of psycholinguistic skills to a wider understanding of its semantic content linking it to the particular sociocultural contexts within which literacy is practiced. In this expanding process media and technology have played a pivotal...
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Media production is an important component of media literacy together with critical understanding. It can be defined as the ability to create messages in different media formats (including press, video, radio, comics, hypertext, webpages, podcasts, and social media) to express personal views and participate in community life. Media production entai...
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Research on faculty development supporting pedagogical innovation has gained momentum since effective teaching and learning are deemed a central piece for the modernization of higher education. However, the field is still characterized by a low level of conceptualization, fragmented approaches, and unclear strategies on organizational level. This c...
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In recent years the concept of learning ecology has been interpreted in different ways to highlight its potential for learning and professional development. However, there are several aspects that still deserve to be understood such as, eg, the role that the different contexts come to play within a learning ecology. For this purpose, this paper pre...
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The paper presents the evaluation plan and the first results of DIDeL (Didactics in e-Learning), a research and development project of the University of Florence, aimed at promoting faculty professional development on e-learning methods and technologies. From a theoretical point of view the project is based on a multi-levels model characterized by...
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In the context of a general renewal of teaching and learning practices in higher education, specific attention is paid to formative assessment and to the exploration of alternative assessment techniques. This paper presents a study carried out at the University of Florence involving around 200 first-year students in a course where such assessment t...
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Il presente contributo illustra la sperimentazione che si è svolta presso l’Università di Firenze nell’anno 2017-18, in cui gli studenti del corso di Nuove Tecnologie per l’Educazione e la Formazione (N=172) sono stati coinvolti in un percorso sulle fake news dove la scrittura accademica veniva accompagnata da pratiche di self- e peer-assessment. I...
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La competenza mediale e digitale nella formazione universitaria degli insegnanti: risultati e raccomandazioni dal progetto europeo e-MEL Media and digital literacy skills are now seen as crucial for 21st century teachers, but tea-chers' initial training is still far from coping this emerging need. This paper investigates how media education can be...
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Il contributo presenta i risultati di un servizio sperimentale attivato dall’Università di Firenze nell’a.a. 2016/2017 per supportare i docenti nella sperimentazione di approcci e-learning. Il servizio, denominato Sportello e-Learning (Se-L), rientrava nel più ampio progetto di sviluppo professionale DIDel (Didattica in e-learning), ed era basato s...
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Instructor–student interaction and regular feedback are seen as teaching strategies designed to support effective learning. These days, there is increasing reliance on technology to support this in the classroom; one such technology is a student response system or its more recent development of this, that is, a game-based one. This study investigat...
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Questo articolo esplora le potenzialità e i limiti delle verifiche elettroniche rispetto alla tradizionale modalità cartacea per valutare se, e fino a che punto, la modalità elettronica possa diventare un'effettiva alternativa al cartaceo, permettendo di gestire il processo valutativo in modo più efficiente, specie nel contesto delle classi numeros...
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Il contributo propone un approccio all’alfabetizzazione mediale in contesti interculturali elaborato nell’ambito del progetto Europeo MEET (Media Education for Equity and Tolerance) con l’intento di pro- muovere una comprensione critica ed interculturale, nonché un uso consapevole, dei media tra i giovani cittadini nelle scuole pubbliche multicultu...
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I sistemi di istruzione superiore stanno affrontando la sfida di rinnovare le pratiche di insegnamento universitario per migliorare la q u a l i t à d e l l ' a p p r e n d i m e n t o. M e n t r e l'insegnamento frontale è ancora uno degli approcci più diffusi, tra le strategie di innovazione dei processi di insegnamento e a p p r e n d i m e n t...
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Nowadays the size of university classes along with the growing number of students to be tested for final examination raise unprecedented challenges relating to the management, monitoring and evaluation of learning. Technology may provide some solutions that deserve to be investigated. This paper explores the potentialities and limitations of Comput...
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Media and digital literacy are being increasingly recognized as a fundamental competence for teachers of the twenty-first century, but academic training of future teachers is still far from full implementation of this emerging need. This chapter aims to explore how media and digital literacy education can be integrated into teacher education course...
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This paper presents an integrated program of faculty development on e-learning, promoted by the University of Florence since 2016. It focuses on a specific pedagogical component of the program, i.e. case studies, and on the three-phase process of design, development and testing adopted to implement them. In the first phase exemplary cases were iden...
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The number of students who are taking distance higher education has constantly been increasing in the last years. The aim of this work is to explore what personal practices influence the effectiveness of online learning, and what factor mainly supports the engagement of students for their academic success. The analysis is based on two parallel stud...
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The purpose of this chapter is to design and implement an online interactive learning program to improve migrant children's Internet skills. With the help of the Italian Association of Media Education, the authors designed an online program (http://yzj.edulife.eu/j/?lang=en) comprised of five interactive learning modules, including an array of prac...
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Since a growing number of universities have adopted e-learning or blended solutions, faculty development is increasingly seen as a crucial strategy to prepare faculty members for innovative teaching practices. However, a number of barriers prevent faculty from attending training programmes, including scheduling and logistic constraints. Offering a...
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1 SOMMARIO Questo articolo presenta e discute i risultati di un percorso formativo sulle fake news condotto in ambito universitario, realizzato nell'ottica di verificare se e fino a che punto determinati approcci didattici, ispirati alle tecniche della media literacy education, ma non solo, siano efficacemente attuabili all'interno di un percorso a...
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This paper presents the results of e-MEL, a European project aiming at promoting the development, implementation and testing of training scenarios for pre-and in-service teachers’ training in the field of digital and media literacy education. The analysis of the results led the research team to identify the critical and successful aspects of the te...
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This special issue is devoted to the theme “Reshaping professional learning in the social media landscape: theories, practices and challenges”. The rise of social media has been one of the most significant phenomena to emerge in recent years and concerns not only their near ubiquitous use by young people, but also their widespread adoption by adult...
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Media and digital literacy are being increasingly recognized as a fundamental competence for teachers of 21st century, but teachers' professional development is still far from coping with this emerging need. This paper aims at providing some recommendations for integrating media literacy into in-service teacher training programs. To this purpose, i...
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Facebook has received considerable attention in a number of research areas. However, its educational value has not been fully confirmed and results from the mainstream educational paradigms are contradictory. A number of experiences related to the educational use of Facebook as a technology-enhanced learning environment are also flourishing. In the...
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Research on scholars' use of social media suggests that these sites are increasingly being used to enhance scholarly communication by strengthening relationships, facilitating collaboration among peers, publishing and sharing research products, and discussing research topics in open and public formats. However, very few studies have investigated pe...
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Today we are witnessing a renewed and growing interest in the issue of faculty professional development and learning. On the one hand, the emphasis is on enhancing the quality of teaching through specific training on pedagogies and technologies reflecting a more general trend which is affecting the scope of scholarship in the digital era. On the ot...
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This conceptual paper deals with some of the implications that the use of social network sites, though not originally developed and conceived for learning purposes, have for schools and academic activities when they are used as tools able to modify and innovate teaching/learning practices and academic culture. Beside the differences that characteri...
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Social media are increasingly perceived as powerful drivers of change for research practices, in terms of openness, sharing and sociability. Numerous studies have reported benefits and factors affecting the progressive adoption of these sites especially for scholarly communication. However, extensive studies that are carried out with large samples...
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This chapter explores the potential of mobile learning for creativity in formal and informal contexts of learning with a focus on media production and self-expression. In doing so it attempts to move beyond binary views around the nature of creativity and the role of technologies for creative learning. It presents the literature on how creativity a...
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This study provides an updated critical review of the literature on Facebook as a technology-enhanced learning environment based on papers published between 2012 and 2015. It adopts a revised classification of the categories identified in a previous study, which emphasized three main Facebook affordances – mixing information and learning resources,...
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This study aims at providing empirical evidence on how higher education scholars are using Social Media for personal, teaching and professional purposes. A survey tool was addressed to the entire Italian academic staff, with a response rate of 10.5% corresponding to 6139 responses. The study takes into account a number of sociodemographic variables...
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This paper presents the main findings of an action-research study that took place in seven European countries in order to develop effective educational responses to prevent and combat discrimination. The study entailed the design of media and citizenship education activities, their implementation in the different educational contexts and the evalua...
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In recent years, interest in the potential of social media and social networking sites for young people’s participation in public spaces has gained momentum. These media have been seen as adequate to support the development of participatory culture. However, some studies have questioned their participatory power and demonstrated that online partici...
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This chapter explores the potential of mobile learning for creativity in formal and informal contexts of learning with a focus on media production and self-expression. In doing so it attempts to move beyond binary views around the nature of creativity and the role of technologies for creative learning. It presents the literature on how creativity a...
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This paper reports the results of a survey addressed to Italian academic scholars with the aim of identifying the teaching uses of Social Media in the field of university teaching practices. To this end, a survey instrument, already administered in the USA, was translated and adapted, and then sent to the entire Italian university scholar populatio...
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Le competenze digitali dei giovani ricercatori. Quadro teorico, modelli di analisi, proposte formative Maria Ranieri The article aims at proposing a reflection on the digital competences of the new generation of researchers in the wider context of the transformations that are investing the research and academic practices, today, under the influence...
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This article explores the potential of mobile learning in adult education with a particular focus on identity formation and self-representation. It draws on the mobile learning experiences implemented within MyMobile–Education on the move, a European project (2010–2012) whose main purpose was to develop guidelines for mobile learning in adult educa...
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Facebook has received considerable attention in a number of research areas. However, its educational value has not been fully confirmed and results from the mainstream educational paradigms are contradictory. A number of experiences related to the educational use of Facebook as a technology-enhanced learning environment are also flourishing. In the...
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Negli ultimi anni stiamo assistendo alla diffusione sempre più massiccia di dispositivi mobili per accedere ad una varietà di informazioni e rimanere sempre e ovunque connessi, a casa, sul posto di lavoro, nel tempo libero e così via. Queste novità stanno investendo anche il mondo dell'educazione. Progetti e iniziative formative basate sull'impiego...
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This paper presents results from the first phase of a research project aimed at developing a tablet application for teaching primary-school children to write. The study adopts the methodological principles of Design-Based Research. The introduction explains the theoretical assumptions that guided the project, with particular reference to studies on...
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The paper reports the main results of a survey addressed to Italian academic scholars with the aim of researching how the latter use Social Media tools for personal, teaching and professional purposes. The survey, which was adapted and translated from a previous questionnaire, was administered to the entire Italian university scholar population and...
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Social media and social networking sites are progressively gaining attention also in relation to professional development and life-long learning for school and academic teachers and staff. In particular, social media and social networking sites are emerging as places in which to cultivate different forms of social capital, bridging and bonding, tha...
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This paper investigates the potential of mobile learning for creativity in and out of school with a focus on media production. In doing so it attempts to move beyond binary choices around the nature of creativity (e.g., individual vs social) and the role of technologies for creative learning. To this end, it presents the literature on how creativit...
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Despite its continuing popularity as the social network site par excellence, the educational value of Facebook has not been fully determined, and results from the mainstream educational paradigms are contradictory, with some scholars emphasizing its pedagogical affordances (e.g., widening context of learning, mixing information and learning resourc...
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This paper investigates the potential of mobile learning for creativity in and out of school with a focus on media production. In doing so it attempts to move beyond binary choices around the nature of creativity (e.g., individual vs social) and the role of technologies for creative learning. To this end, it presents the literature on how creativit...
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The article discusses an action-research study focused on developing participatory attitudes and the self-expression skills of a group (N = 15) of second-generation immigrant adolescents who live in an urban suburb in Italy. The research study was based on mobile storytelling, a practice of personal multimedia storytelling conducted through mobile...
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Questo lavoro presenta i risultati di due indagini esplorative sull’uso dei SN nell’ambito di alcune comunità professionali di insegnanti. Un primo studio basato sulla somministrazione di un questionario rivolto a dieci fondatori e amministratori di gruppi online ha investigato le motivazioni, le finalità e i livelli di partecipazione. Un secondo s...
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This article is intended to explore the potential of social networks, especially Facebook, to support learning processes aimed at professional development and training. More specifically, it shows and discusses the results of a quantitative and qualitative study carried out on a group of teachers in Facebook, focusing on an community founded about...
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Muovendo da un’analisi del concetto di credibilità e delle nuove sfide poste da Internet e dai media digitali rispetto alla valutazione della credibilità dell’informazione online, viene presentata un’esperienza di educazione alla comprensione critica dell’informazione digitale realizzata nella scuola secondaria di primo grado. L’esperienza, seppur...
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Currently, Media Education (ME) can no longer be considered as a field of study reserved for communication researchers, or as a privileged practice of some teachers. On the one hand, ME is now part of the agenda of international organizations, which considers the development of media skills as a prerequisite to exercise full citizenship in today's...