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Learning about Italian Food and Gastronomy from Online Travel Reviews: a lecture at the Summer School EXPO 2015
July 16th, 2015

Dr. Elena Marchiori gave a lecture on ‘Learning about Italian Food and Gastronomy from Online Travel Reviews’ to a class of Chinese students from Chongqing University during the Summer School EXPO 2015 Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life, in collaboration with the University of Milano-Bicocca.

elena marchiori bicocca SM2015

A collaboration with the United Nations University
June 12th, 2015

Dr. Nadzeya Kalbaska eTourism Online Communication Management

Dr. Nadzeya Kalbaska is currently visiting United Nations University’s Operating Unit on Policy-Driven Electronic Governance in Guimaraes, Portugal. She is working with Dr. Tomasz Janowski, Head of Unit, on potential collaboration projects between eGovernment and eTourism domains.

During her visit, Nadzeya gave a seminar to tourism industry practitioners, policy makers and researchers: “e-Tourism and Online Communication Management of UNESCO World Heritage Sites: New Trends and Research Perspectives”.

You can see her presentation below:

MOOCs Platform Panorama Webinar Well Received with Positive Comments
June 12th, 2015

On June 11, between 10 am and 11 am, a presentation titled MOOCs Platform Panorama was given by our PhD student Jingjing Lin via the SWITCH webinar platform. The webinar attracted experts, enthusiasts and practioners from different fields. All participants commented positively on the chatting board synchronized with the presentation.

The full presentation file is available online now.


With the growing popularity of MOOCs phenomenon, there emerged various for-profit and non-profit organizations providing platforms to host or offer MOOCs. To identify a list of MOOCs platforms for universities to consider, the results from the Google search engine, MOOC aggregator sites Class Central and MOOC List, blogs, together with other literature were combined. The target was to include the most widespread and prevalent platforms with English as the primary language. A total of eighteen MOOCs platforms were then included into the review and decision making process. Four categories as first-level attributes are: general attributes, course attributes, technology attributes, and partnership attributes. The total of 19 second-level attributes go under the first-level four categories. In this webinar, you will have an overview of 18 MOOC platforms under 19 attributes.

You can access to the recording of the presentation below.

USI MOOC Announced on iversity – eTourism: Communication Perspectives
June 10th, 2015


On June 8, 2015, one of the two MOOCs at USI was officially announced on iversity:  eTourism: Communication Perspectives (You can also click on the image above to access to the course).

This is an introductory course to a fascinating travel into the eTourism world, which crosses both space and time, and is always closely connected with communication. We are embarking to create a great study experience, which explores how Information and Communication Technologies do matter for tourism – both for our personal experience, and for the tourism industry at large. In other words, we will together explore eTourism by using tools and models from the Communication Sciences.

Key concepts and theories covered include: Online Communication Model; Roman Jakobson’s Communication Model; Quality of online contents; User Generated Content; Web 2.0; Reputation in online Media; Intercultural Communication and Localization; eLearning; Argumentation; World Heritage Sites.

You can also watch the teaser video for the course on the above course page. It is in details described on the page the structure and brief content of the MOOC. You are welcome to browse through the course page and enrol any time!