Teaching innovation

Teaching seminars

The department finances, on an annual basis, seminar activities for its various degree programmes held by outside experts and/or lecturers in order to raise the quality of teaching.

Project / activity structure

The seminars are delivered in one or more sessions and organised by the lecturers in charge of the course unit. 

Project / activity phases

The seminars are mostly theoretical and held during both semesters of each academic year in accordance with the teaching and course units timetable.

Audience

The seminars are aimed at students of the course unit.

 

Professional training workshops for social-cultural educators on the "Importance of social work in the fight against the mafia"

The workshops are put on in partnership with the Abele Group and are focused on the relationship between "social working" and "education actions aimed at defeating the mafia". Alongside a theoretical part, there is also practical experience in the field.

Project/activity structure

In addition to the classroom-based learning, the workshops include a practical fieldwork section in Turin under the supervision of the Abele Group “Street University”.

Project/activity phases

The workshops incorporate an initial classroom session in Bologna, followed by the practical activity at the Abele Group in Turin of a duration of two and a half days. A final session in Bologna is then held in order to reflect on the content of the course.

Audience

Students of the Social and Cultural Educator Degree Course at both Bologna and Rimini.

Project on didactic innovation for the Second cycle degree programme in "Planning and Management of educational intervention in social disadvantagement"

Complete, organic overhaul of the degree programme, planned with the involvement of local organisations and aimed at supporting the integration between theory and working practice.

Project / activity structure

The didactic innovation project for the Second cycle degree programme was introduced in AY 2018/2019 because of the need to train professionals and allow them to address different forms of social disadvantage through high levels of theoretical and practical skills and knowledge, as suggested by the people on the ground.
The teaching innovations were designed to develop qualified professionals with these characteristics, requiring the development of methods to combine the knowledge acquired with working reality.

 
The following innovations have been introduced at the Rimini campus, as it has always had sufficient students to make them sustainable:

- Presentation of case studies and reporting of professional experiences.

- Introduction of flipped classroom, working groups, simulations, project work, case discussion.

- Organisation of lessons using a co-teaching approach to encourage interdisciplinarity.

- Development of theses based on internships in collaboration with local authorities in order to develop knowledge and research output on relevant topics.

- Internships are selected by students in the first year and continuously supervised in order to encourage the development of working methods applied to specific area of ​​intervention.

- Introduction of practices of working groups aimed at developing the awareness and meta-reflection skills on how to work within groups required when working in a team.

Project / activity phases

-Networking activities: collection of assessments and expressions of interest of local organisations towards the project.

- First year of experimentation

- Learning agreement with students participating in the experimentation.

- Implementation of the five first year courses using innovative teaching methods.

- Presentation of the 32 internships-thesis projects on the basis of student preferences.

- Assessment of the proposed innovations by students through dedicated questionnaires at the end of each semester.

- Organisation of events to promote the course and the innovations introduced (two Open Days and two webinars for the presentation of the  Second cycle degree programme, publication of posts on the course’s dedicated Facebook page).

-  An overall evaluation based on the opinions expressed by the students, lecturers and local organisations involved will be organised at the end of first trial period.

- Modifications will be made to the project on the basis of the evaluations and trend in the number of participating students.

Audience

Students enrolled in the Second cycle degree programme in “Planning and Management of educational intervention in social disadvantagement” at the Rimini Campus.

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