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.

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

All work and no play?
June 2nd, 2015

The doctoral school CROSS-FIELD is going to organize a seminar on the use of mobile technologies in ICT for development interventions. A lecture entitled “all work and no play” is given by prof. Araba Sey, of the Information School of the University of Washington (https://ischool.uw.edu/people/researchers/arabasey) on Wednesday 17th June, at USI room A24, h. 10.30. Read more for the abstract of the lecture and a bio of the guest-speaker.

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Call for Articles “Social Representations, ICTs and Community Empowerment”
September 10th, 2014

Call for Articles for a Special Section of Semiotica, the Journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies on the theme of “Social Representations, ICTs and Community Empowerment”.

Special Issue’s Editors
Dr. Sara Vannini, Università della Svizzera italiana (USI Lugano, Switzerland)
Dr. Isabella Rega, Bournemouth University (Bournemouth, UK)
Prof. Dr. Lorenzo Cantoni, Università della Svizzera italiana (USI Lugano, Switzerland)

This special section will provide an overview of the use of Social Representations Theory (SRT) (Moscovici, 1961), for
empowering local communities, with a specific focus on the role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs),
such as the Internet, desktop and mobile devices, radios, etc.
SRT has been extensively contributing to reflection on the appropriation of information and communication technologies,
as well as on empowering communities. Yet, few studies explore the intersection of the three domains altogether.
Articles on a range of issues surrounding applications of SRT, ICTs and empowering communities (especially in
developing/emerging regions) are welcome for submission. Articles lengths are expected to be 7000 to 9000 words,
including references.
We welcome articles presenting literature reviews, theoretical and methodological issues, as well as case and
comparative studies.

Examples on topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Reflections on the use of the theory within developing contexts and ICT4D/community informatics interventions
  • Data generation methods for research on social representations within the given domains
  • Comparisons among social groups’ conceptualizations of ICTs in developing contexts
  • ICTs-mediated social representations of disadvantaged communities
  • Case studies applying SRT to ICT4D research and practice
  • Case studies applying SRT to community informatics research and practice
  • Use of social representations to inform governments, policy makers, donors, and practitioners

This thematic issue covers areas of high interest to the academic community interested in semiotics, meaning making, and
social representations. Results are like to be interesting also for practitioners and policy makers.

Submission Procedure
Interested researchers are invited to submit an abstract proposal (word file) of about 500 words via e-mail.
Abstracts should be accompanied by the following information about each of the authors:
– Name
– Position
– Affiliation
– Contact Information

The deadline for abstracts submission is November 21st, 2014.
Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified by December 12th, 2014.
Full articles are expected to be submitted by April 18th, 2015.
All submitted articles will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis, and results of the review process will be notified
within the month of June 2015.
Final articles have to be re-submitted by August 28th, 2015.
The publication of the special issue is foreseen for mid 2016.

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically to:
Dr. Sara Vannini
Università della Svizzera italiana, (USI Lugano, Switzerland)

The call can be downloaded from this link

UNESCO Summer School IDEAL Tourism 2014
September 8th, 2014

The NewMinE Lab co-organized and collaborated to the success of the first edition of the Summer School IDEAL Tourism – Information and communication technologies for promotion and development of sustainable tourism around cultural and natural destinations. The case of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites -, which has taken place from August 25 till September 5, 2014 at Università della Svizzera italiana.

Twenty-three persons – academics and professionals – were involved from Canada, Hong Kong, Italy, Kenya, Mozambique, Switzerland, Uganda, and the UK.

Thank you very much to everyone for the success of this important event!