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!

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.

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

Survey on Mobile Use by Telecentres in Latin America launched!
August 6th, 2015

The NewMinE Lab, in collaboration with the Technology and Social Change Group (TASCHA) of the University of Washington Information School (Seattle, WA, USA), the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice (CEMP) from the University of Bournemouth (UK) and Telecentre.org Foundation has launched a study to investigate how telecentres employ mobile technologies in developing regions.
The study is carried out by means of an online questionnaire directed to directors and / or managers of venues of public access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). Its aim is to investigate whether and how public access to ICTs venues provide access to mobile technologies (mobiles and digital tablets) and Wi-Fi networks, and what is the perception that directors of these places have on them.

The aim of the project is to survey public access places to ICTs globally. To do so, we will approach the study region by region, so to ensure strengthening our collaboration with public access networks and relevant stakeholders and to localize our questionnaire in the different languages needed to reach public access operators.

The questionnaire is now open for Latin American countries and it is available in Spanish and Portuguese. If you are the director or the responsible person of a place of public access to ICTs in Latin America, participate! It will take no more than 20 minutes to complete the questionnaire!
Spanish version
Portuguese version

Telecentres and Mobiles are two icons of the interventions designed in the field Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D). Despite the fears the rapid growth of mobile adoption generated among supporters of telecentres, the new technology has not replaced them, and new ways of access are being shaped by users and relevant stakeholders.

With this study we want to benefit the global movement of public access to ICTs, by collecting and disseminating information on its new trends and needs. Once the results will be available, we will inform all participants who have expressed their interest in receiving them via email. The results of the survey – aggregate and anonymous – will be also published here, on the website of the project, as well as on Telecentre.org and on the platforms of our partners.

For more information about the study Telecentres and Mobiles, visit its dedicated website.

Call for participation to the PhD Workshop: “Perspectives on the future of learning”. September 17th – 18th 2015
June 3rd, 2015

CROSS-FIELD – CROSS-FertilizatIon betwEen formal and informal Learning through Digital technologies is a doctoral program funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation aimed at the education of highly qualified researchers in the social sciences.
It addresses the issue of informal learning, and how Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) can help to promote it, as well as to better integrate and orchestrate it with formal learning in different learning contexts.
To this purpose, CROSS-FIELD federates three Swiss universities: EPFL – École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Pierre Dillenbourg), and UniSG – Universität St.Gallen (Dieter Euler), USI – Università della Svizzera italiana (Lorenzo Cantoni).

The PhD Workshop “Perspective on the future of learning” is organized by CROSS-FIELD doctoral program for PhD candidates internationally. It aims to attract outstanding junior researchers working on the issue of how ICT can support an enhance learning in formal and informal contexts. All accepted participants will be able to present their research: globally renowned scholars will contribute to the discussion, providing PhD candidates with invaluable insights, perspectives and recent developments on the topic.

Confirmed speakers include:
•    Stewart Marshall, University of the West Indies Open Campus (Barbados)
•    Francesc Pedró, UNESCO Education Sector (France)
•    Erkki Sutinen, University of Eastern Finland (Finland)
•    further keynotes will be announced

The event will provide:
•    keynotes
•    PhD presentations, where PhD candidates will present their research and receive structured feedback
•    panel discussions, with keynote speakers about the future of ICT supported learning, especially in developing and emerging regions

Call for participation
Interested PhD candidates can apply by sending: a CV, a motivation letter and an abstract of their PhD project (with a maximum length of one page). No fee is charged but participants have to cover travel and accommodation costs.
A few scholarships are made available, to cover accommodation costs and part of travel costs.
Applications must be sent to dr. Silvia De Ascaniis, executive director of CROSS-FIELD: silvia.de.ascaniis@usi.ch

Time schedule
Scholarship applications close: June 15th 2015
All applications close: July 15h 2015
Acceptance: July 31th 2015
Registration: August 1st – August 15th 2015
Workshop: September 17th – 18th 2015

Lorenzo Cantoni, USI
Dieter Euler, UniSG
Pierre Dillenbourgh, EPFL
Silvia De Ascaniis, USI
Tobias Jenert, UniSG
Emanuele Mele, USI

Further info:
dr. Silvia De Ascaniis (silvia.de.ascaniis@usi.ch)
NewMinE – New Media in Education Lab
Faculty of Communication Sciences
USI – Università della Svizzera Italiana (www.usi.ch)
Via Giuseppe Buffi 13, CH-6904 Lugano
Tel. +41 (0)58 666 4547
Fax + 41 (0)58 666 4647