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Community multimedia centers in Mozambique : exploring and experimenting co-design

Cumbula, Salomão David ; Cantoni, Lorenzo (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2017 ; 2017COM002.

The overall aim of this doctoral thesis was to elucidate the premises and conditions in which a co-design approach can be used with rural communities in Mozambique and the usage of Information and communication technologies for development as a tool for supporting rural communities on daily activities. The doctoral thesis includes five papers, a systematic literature review, and four case...

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ICT and gamified learning in tourism education : a case of South African secondary schools

Adukaite, Asta ; Cantoni, Lorenzo (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2016 ; 2016COM012.

Tourism is often introduced as a subject in formal education curricula because of the increasing and significant economic contribution of the tourism industry to the private and public sector. This is especially the case in emerging economies in Asia and Africa (Hsu, 2015; Mayaka Cuffy et al., 2012). Tourism in South Africa – which is the geographical setting of this research...

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Confidence in technology use : the development and validation of a technological, pedagogical, and content self-efficacy scale for teachers

Fanni, Francesca ; Cantoni, Lorenzo (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2014 ; 2014COM007.

This thesis is positioned at the intersection of education, technology, and motivation research fields, specifically in the context of K-12 teaching. The purpose of this study is to investigate the relationship between teachers’ self- efficacy and their technology use, and design and validate a self-efficacy measure to assess teachers’ beliefs about technology use in their profession. This...

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Social representations of community multimedia centres in Mozambique

Vannini, Sara ; Cantoni, Lorenzo (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2014 ; 2014COM005.

UNESCO Community Multimedia Centres are a specific model of public access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). These venues are conceived to address the information needs of underserved and marginalised communities in emerging and developing countries. They are composed of a community radio station, which broadcasts in local languages and is managed by local people, along with...

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Technology encounters and the symbolic narrative : Localising the ‘technology for development’ experience in South African education settings

Van Zyl, Izak ; Cantoni, Lorenzo (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2013 ; 2013COM011.

The under-resourced primary school community in the Western Cape of South Africa has become entangled in national discourses that endorse technology-supported teaching and learning. In this context, school administrators, principals, teachers, and learners alike are encouraged to use and adopt information and communication technology (ICT) for education. These directives are embedded in the...

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eLearning courses about national tourism destinations : destination management organizations’ offers and travel agents’ perceptions and motivations

Kalbaska, Nadzeya ; Cantoni, Lorenzo (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2013 ; COM2013010.

A broad number of studies have been undertaken so far both by the academic research and by industry communities on the use of the internet for educational purposes. However, very limited research has been done previously on the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) as educational and training modes within the hospitality and tourism field. Travel agent training,...

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Destination online travel reviews : An argumentative and textual genre perspective

De Ascaniis, Silvia ; Cantoni, Lorenzo (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2013 ; 2013COM006.

Information and communication practices relating to tourism, as they occur in the frame of the so-called web 2.0, constitute a peculiar context where communicative interactions assume specific features. Prospective tourists face several challenges when making travel decisions because of the very nature of tourism products, which are intangible and perishable, and because of the extraordinary...

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Destination reputation in online media : Covered topics and perceived online dominant opinion

Marchiori, Elena ; Cantoni, Lorenzo (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2013 ; 2013COM004.

Context: Online public opinions using various forms of social media are generating challenges for the tourism industry, which is intrinsically a “reputation-dependent” domain. Electronic-word-of-mouth (eWOM) has forced destination managers to rethink branding strategies, suggesting a shift from an architecture brand perspective to a live context perspective where travel markets are...

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LoDE - Learners of Digital Era : From the analysis of the current debate to an empirical study emphasising the learners’ perspective

Rapetti, Emanuele ; Cantoni, Lorenzo (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2012 ; 2012COM006.

Since the 1990s, a wide debate has been generated around the "learners-new media dichotomy", with a consequent journalistic reverberation. In particular, expressions like “digital natives”, “Y” generation, or “net-generation” contributed to diffuse the hypothesis that– since the 1980s – a generation of learners with typical characteristics related to their great familiarity with...

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Communication processes in eLearning design and development : an interaction analysis approach

Rapanta, Chrysi ; Cantoni, Lorenzo (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2011.

The present dissertation has as a main goal to identify and describe relevant design and communication processes taking place during co-design meetings, in a way suitable to inform practice in similar settings in the field of eLearning design and development. The need for such a research emerges from the inadequacy of prescriptive models that can guide professionals in their communication...