Whacy Game app has been released


whacyWhacy Game, the mobile app of Whacy (World Heritage Awareness Campaign for Youth), has been released. The app has been developed by eLab on a mandate of USI UNESCO Chair in ICT to develop and promote sustainable tourism in World Heritage Sites.

Whacy Game is an educational game that allows you to test and improve your knowledge about the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the region of Southern Africa.

The app is available for iOS and Android and can be downloaded from the following links:


One week to the start of the eTourism MOOC


eTourism: Communication Perspectives”, the first MOOC of USI, promoted by the UNESCO Chair in ICT to develop and promote sustainable tourism in World Heritage Sites and developed by eLab, will start on October, Monday 5th, 2015.

The course, fully free and open, will last 8 weeks, and will require approximately 3 hours study time per week.

Among the intended publics: destination managers, people active in the tourism industry, students, in particular within tourism and hospitality programs, academia and researchers, and last but not least, curious people.

You can see the list of modules, and enrol directly from the iversity platform, at the following link: https://iversity.org/en/courses/etourism

Stay tuned!
Twitter Hashtag: #eTourismMOOC
Facebook Group: eTourism: Communication Perspectives

Italian Conference on eLearning, Media Education & MoodleMoot


ememitalia2015On September 9-11, 2015, the multiconference Em&M Italia 2015, organized by the Italian Society of eLearning (SIe-L), the Italian Society of Research on Media Education (SIREM) and the Italian Moodle Community, took place in Genova.

Prof. Lorenzo Cantoni, scientific director of eLab, gave¬†a speech on “School, digital competence and teacher training. Zooming-in to meet teachers, and -out to see centuries“. The podcast of his speech can be viewed at this URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBZ5SKxGRrQ (from 1:00:00)

The program of the entire event and the related presentations can be viewed at this page.

4th meeting of the SwissMOOC special interest group


usiOn August 26th, 2015, the 4th meeting of the Special Interest Group (SIG) on Swiss MOOCs took place at USI in Lugano. 15 SIG members from different Swiss Higher Education Institutions (USI, UZH, ETH, EPFL, UNIGE, FHNW, UNIBAS, HES-SO, SWITCH) attended the meeting, which focused on the integration of MOOCs into in-campus teaching.

In the morning, Elisabetta Decarli-Frick welcomed the participants and gave a brief introduction to the meeting topic, then the participants in the eMOOCs 2015 Conference shared with the other members their learnings and their impressions. In the afternoon, 3 presentations were given:

  • Structures MOOC at EPFL – Flipping with More than 300 Students on Campus? (Olivier Burdet, EPFL)
  • Digital Vikings or How to Integrate a MOOC into On-Campus Learning (Sandra Schneeberger, UZH)
  • Curricular Integration of MOOCs at the University of Basel (Gudrun Bachmann, UNIBAS)

The next SIG meeting will take place online in December (date to be defined).
More info on the SwissMOOC SIG activities can be found at this page.

Labs’ Dieta 2015 in Vernazza (Cinque Terre)


dieta2015_2On June 15-16, 2015, the traditional “dieta” of eLab, NewMinE Lab, webatelier.net and UNESCO Chair of USI took place in Vernazza, a village in¬†the “Cinque Terre” (Liguria, Italy).

During the 2-day residential seminar the collaborators of the four labs have worked on several projects:

Look at the dieta 2015 album on our Facebook page.