How the teaching materials are delivered
The didactic approach of the International Telematic University UNINETTUNO does not follow a traditional semester plan. Instead, it unfolds as teaching materials are presented. All of the teaching activities of the Degree Courses at the International Telematic University UNINETTUNO are delivered in modules of a variable duration based on the academic credits of the given course. These are repeated four times each academic year.
Right by your side, to guide you along your study path, there will be two professional figures:
the Mentor, who is concerned with making you feel at home and offering support for the duration of your degree course. Your mentor will listen to your needs and guarantee optimum conditions for the learning process;
theTutor, specific for each teaching subject, has the task of facilitating your learning process and communication on the web. Your tutor will provide you with the necessary instruments in order to get the most out of your studies, guiding you up to the final exam.
For each teaching subject the students are divided into classes on the basis of individual profiles that are the result of the Entrance Questionnaire that students fill out at the moment of enrolment. A tutor is assigned to each class, which can contain up to 30 students. This applies to all of the Faculties, with the exception of the Degree Course of the Engineering Faculty where the classes can contain a maximum of 20 students.
During the period of time in which teaching is carried out, your tutor will follow your progress as the didactic activity unfolds, furnishing you with ad hoc learning materials and interacting with you through the available systems of communication. These you will find on theTutor Page of the Didactic Cyberspace.
To earn1 academic credit,remember that according to the rules currently in effect one must carry out 25 hours of activity. These are broken down as follows:
5 hours of videolessons that you will find in digitalized format in the Video Library of the Didactic Cyberspace; these video lessons will take 10 hours of your time, as we think it is appropriate that you follow each lesson twice;
10 hours of individual study on texts and exercises that you will find in the Media Library and the Virtual Laboratory of the Didactic Cyberspace;
5 hours of activity assisted by the Tutor.
For example, if a teaching subject comprises 25 video-lessons (of 1 hour each), you will earn 5 academic credits through:
50 total hours of viewing of the video lessons (2 hours for each video lesson);
50 hours of individual study;
25 hours of activity assisted by the Tutor.
When the teaching subject has been persented in its entirety, exam sessions will be organized.
Traditional and long distance didactic activities
For each teaching subject, the starting point of your learning process is the viewing of academic video lessons, which are available on the Internet in the Didactic Cyberspace – Video Library Sections – and broadcasted on the satellite channel RAI NETTUNO SAT 1.
The videolessons present the following characteristics:
indexing of the themes treated in the lesson;
bookmark, that is to say a graphic icon representing a link to the learning object.
Each video-lesson is divided into topics and created with a predefined indexing system which allows for flexible use. You can see an entire video lesson in a linear fashion or follow a non-linear itinerary, thus choosing the topics that you wish to study in greater depth along with the connected study materials.
The slide presented by the Video Professor during the video lesson constitute an important support tool for your studies: you can use them as a basis for your notes, a means by which you can create your own network of links between topics and write your personal notebook.
The video lessons, furnished with their relative slides, are enriched with didactic materials known as a learning object, these are signaled during the course of the video lesson by an icon link (bookmark) and are made available in the Didactic Cyberspace of the Internet site.
Such materials can comprise the following:
books and articles (extracts, study activity sheets, etc.);
Cd-Rom (or DVD);
Exercises (with answers);
Annotated site links.
The modular organization of the course contents, the indexing of the topics and the bookmarks allow you to develop multimedia and hyper-textual learning processes, leading to a more personalized study path.
The consultation and study of didactic teaching materials will enable you to prepare yourself more thoroughly through studying in greater depth the various topics introduced in the video lesson and through practical application of the concepts learned.
The television interface
through which the video lessons are transmitted is structured in the following way:
The web interface for the transmission of the video lessons is structured in the following way instead:
The didactic model of the International Telematic University UNINETTUNO allows you to integrate the many advantages of the above-mentioned long distance didactic activities with the benefits that only “face to face” contact can guarantee.
The traditional didactic activities are comprised of the following:
Direct interaction with the professor and tutor, through “face to face” meetings at the main site and at the Technological Centres;
Practice activities and seminars, with the assistance of professors and tutors;
Evaluations and exam sessions at the main site and at the technological centres.
In the proposed Educational Psychology model, the student is at the centre of the educational process, guided however by a new figure known as theTelematic Professor-Tutor, who represents a guide as well as a constant presence during your Learning Process.
The Tutor works in close contact with you and his or her activities are aimed at creating a collaborative and helpful context for your path of study and professional growth.
The long distance Tutoring activities can be carried out in two ways:
- in a synchronic manner;
- in a diachronic manner
The On Line Tutoring or Long distance Tutoring is organized into classes of students, with an advanced agenda system that is able to recognize each individual. The Agenda is the instrument used by both the Tutor and the student in order to fix appointments as well as on line and “face to face” meetings. Using the course agenda as a basis, you can also manage your own personal agenda.
1.3.1. Long distance synchronic Tutoring
You can have a dialogue with your Tutor in real time (Synchronic Tutoring) by using the telephone, the chat room, the video-chat room, video and audio-conference systems activated in the Didactic Cyberspace.
The telephone is traditionally considered by the students to be the most direct and simple means of communication with the Tutor. Also the Tutors maintain that conversing via telephone is still valid for carrying out their role as guide and for supporting the learning process.
The audio and video-conference systems facilitate collaborative learning processes and are therefore well-suited to exercises and group work at a distance.
You can carry out this activity on an individual basis as well through the chat rooms and video-chat rooms that enable you to have a dialogue with the Tutors and with the other students in real time, thus creating true virtual encounters.
1.3.2 Diachronic long distance Tutoring
When communication in real time is not necessary, you can activate a Diachronic Tutoring Session through tools such as e mail and discussion forums on the Internet.
Email allows a rapid exchange of information, documents and materials at a distance.
The discussion forums, related to the topics of a given teaching subject, allow you to extend the dialogue and activate a collaborative learning process. This approach is different compared to the audio and video-conference systems, which rely on oral communication. Here the focus is on writing, which gives you the chance to reflect and organize your thoughts regarding the discussion topic and study activity that you are engaged in.
1.3.3 Face-to-face Tutoring
In Traditional Tutoring, the interaction with the tutor is direct, through individual or group meetings at the main site or at University Technological Centres. These involve seminars and moments of discussion.
They are important occasions where you can benefit from your tutors’ elucidations and more detailed information on subjects that have been previously explained and perhaps were not understood during the long distance tutoring sessions.
The Tutor, during these “face to face” meetings, can discover the depth and breadth of your knowledge and identify eventual problems and weak points in your learning. This is all in the interest of making sure you are on the right study path.