White Papers

Download the white paper in Portuguese "Centros Multimédia Comunitários em Moçambique: um mapa" from this page!

Download the white paper "Photo-elicited perceptions of Community Multimedia Centres in Mozambique" from this page"

Download the white paper in Italian "La Comunicazione Online delle Organizzazioni Non Governative della Svizzera italiana: uno studio sulle ONG della FOSIT" from this page!

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Welcome to the NewMinE Lab!

The New Media in Education Laboratory, NewMinE Lab for short, is a research and development laboratory of the Faculty of Communication Sciences at the Università della Svizzera italiana in Lugano, Switzerland.

NewMinErs around the world: Dr. Sara Vannini
September 27th, 2017

The NewMinE Lab is a stepping stone to the world, launching researchers and leaders in the field of e-learning, e-government and information and communication technologies and human development. Today, we are proud to present the story of Dr. Sara Vannini, former PhD candidate and Post-Doctoral researcher (Jan. 2010 – June 2016) and Executive Director of the NewMinE Lab from January 2013 to June 2016.

Dr. Vannini spent two years at the TASCHA research group of the University of Washington Information School, Seattle, as a SNSF Research Fellow, working on public access to ICTs and mobile information literacy. After that, she was appointed as a Lecturer at UW Department of Communication of the College of Arts and Sciences. She is now starting her second year teaching full time in the Integrated Social Sciences (ISS) program, the first (and only!) undergraduate program at UW that is offered completely online. In ISS and through online education, she pursues values of equity and inclusion, by providing opportunities to pursue a high quality baccalaureate degree to students often facing a variety of institutional and interpersonal barriers, such as family commitments, work and financial obligations, gender and sexuality preconceptions, and the legacies of racist exclusion. Dr. Vannini teaches foundational courses in the social sciences, introduction to research methods, online communication and promotion, the digital divide, the role of digital media in shaping our economic, political and cultural lives, and the impact of social media on public opinion and political discourse.

Besides teaching at ISS, Dr. Vannini continues her research on the uses of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for social change and community development, the cultural appropriation and meaning making of ICTs in different contexts, and ICTs and information studies within migration and sanctuary practices. Her scholarship is informed by post-colonial theories and participatory methodologies, with a special attention to visual methods.

Douala Flow
June 28th, 2017

“Douala Flow” is a sound-video installation by Roberto Paci Dalò based Douala’s maps which are linked to voices and sounds from radio stations in Douala. The work celebrates today’s living city through an immersion into Douala’s present life. Soundwise are used brodcastings from Douala’s radio stations in order to create an aural environment made out of today’s sounds processed and recomposed. The video is made out of dynamic maps created through data analysis related to particle systems and cloud points.

The project, funded by the SNF, draws inspiration from a scientific investigation on Douala by Marta Pucciarelli, PhD candidate at USI – Università della Svizzera italiana NewMinE Lab, produced within the broader research project Mobile Access to Knowledge, Culture and Safety in Africa. Documenting and assessing the impact of Cultural Events and public art on safety and security (led by SUPSI). It highlights how the discrepancy between oral knowledge and knowledge as reflected in the digital realm is evolving over time.

See the sound-video installation here

Information and Communication Technologies in Education: Opportunities and Challenges
January 22nd, 2016

The Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS), the funding agency which has supported to project Mobile A2K, is organizing a debate with international organizations on the topic of “Education for tomorrow” focused on “Information and Communication Technologies in Education: Opportunities and Challenges”. The debate addresses the following current issues:

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What are the educational challenges posed by the digital natives? To what extent will their emergence challenge prevailing views about inter-personal communication, knowledge management and learning? What kind of educational responses have been successful so far?

What are the new opportunities for education in emergency situations and how is high-quality learning made accessible to refugees and forcibly displaced persons?

Prof. Francesc Pedró, Chief of Education Policy at UNESCO and an expert from the learn lab of UNHCR will try to answer to these complex questions. The event will be moderate by Dr. Luca Botturi, head of REC Unit at the Department of Teaching and Learning, SUPSI.

Save the date: Monday, 15 February, 2016 – 17:30

Location: Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana (SUPSI) – Dipartimento formazione et apprendimento – Piazza San Francisco 19, Locarno.

Participation is free, but you need at communication(at)snis.ch

Enjoy the debate!

Culture and Safety in Africa
October 5th, 2015

A communication project aiming at increasing and improving the current limited and biased information.about developing countries among the Swiss public. The project is based on the scientific research “Mobile access to knowledge. Culture and safety in Africa. Documenting and accessing the impact of public art an cultural events on safety and security“. Read more