Here are some interesting links from Matteo Uggeri, Daniela Casiraghi and Alessandra Tomasini, the METID staff people in charge of taking care of eLene2learn and its focus groups in Italy.
Online resources for education: what can be useful for students and teachers to learn (and saving time and money!)
The second local eLene2learn Focus Group meeting took place in Milan, Italy, on the 14th of March and had 13 participants. The discussions between SE and HE teachers resulted in a remarkable agreement on the problems related to transitions from school to university – one of these main problems seems to be the lack of perseverance of the students and their attitude to study, which is often not well organized. It seems that they don't know how to study at the university level. Students are even sometimes aggressive to teachers (male) or too desperate (females) in case of failures, like when they fail to pass a test.
Later on another FG followed, but this time with three students from the university and 9 from hi school: the discussion was really interesting as they agreed somehow with the teachers' conclusions, but from a different point of view. The students for instance agreed on the fatc that they're sometimes too 'sensitive' to failure, but it's often a teacher's fault, as most of the teachers are frustrated themselves. Why? Beacause the school (and sometimes the university) is not considered by the government and the people a prioritary resource, that's why teachers suffer. But the terrible budget issue is central also in the transition from school to university, as the students state "it's too expensive for us, for our families. I'll be forced to work during all my studies, and I dunno if I can make it!".
On the other hand, good news from the meeting between university students and those from the hi-school: these last ones where terrorized by the huge amount of 'pages to be learned', but theyr 'older' colleagues underline that "it's a matter of quality of study, not of quantity. Don't be scared, you'll find a way to learn how to learn these 300 pages without spending ages on them". So finally we also heard some relief sight!
During the third Focus Group we had (agin only with the students) we got a lot of interesting feeback. The most remarkable thing is: how aware are these youngsters! The school students (I mean: those we had here today) are so in the good way to learn with the help of ICT that they really surprised us.
The second Focus group we had with the students took place in April and we got a lot of interesting feeback. The most remarkable thing is: how aware are these youngsters! The school students (I mean: those we had here today) are so in the good way to learn with the help of ICT that they really surprised us.
By the way, there is a lack of knowledge about the online resources and tools that are specifically aimed to education (like open courseware, for instance). The next step is teach them (and their teachers) that there's something more than Google or Wikipedia for research.