Merry Christmas and a great 2013!

Andrea Mantegna (1431–1506), The Adoration of the Magi
(1495-1505), Distemper on convas


with very smart eurocampus 2012 master students of Intercultural Communication

working on Culture and Online Communication in Coimbra (Portugal) @Universidate Aberta.


Innovation Touristique and two more events

theese days I'm presenting @:

UK travel agents’ evaluation of eLearning courses offered by destinations : An exploratory study

Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism Education
Volume 12, Issue 1, April 2013, Pages 7–14
UK travel agents’ evaluation of eLearning courses offered by destinations : An exploratory study 

by Nadzeya Kalbaska, Hee Andy Lee, Lorenzo Cantoni, Rob Law


SSRE2013 Annual Conference

SSRE Società Svizzera di ricerca in Educazione
SSRE Société suisse pour la recherche en éducation
SGBF Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Bildungsforschung
SSRE Swiss Society for Research in Education
Integrating formal and informal learning 

August 21-23, 2013, Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano
Jointly organized by SUPSI-DFA, USI and SFIVET


 The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the General Services Administration (GSA) have established this interagency website to provide easy access to information about telework in the Federal Government >>>


Progetto INTERREG: Laghi e Monti Life

Seguendo un approccio centrato sull’ascolto, sono state condotte interviste a 279 turisti in visita nell’area del Ticino e del Distretto Turistico dei Laghi in Piemonte. 
È possibile scaricare gratuitamente il report.


La reputazione nell’epoca del web

sono stato intervistato per questa cover story di Ticino Management >>>


Online Communication of the Catholic World Youth Days

by Lorenzo Cantoni, Miriam Stefania & Silvia De Ascaniis, in Kevin Griffin & Razaq Ra (eds.), Reflecting on Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage, ATLAS, 2012
ISBN: 978-90-75775-53-2


Writing a new constitution online in Iceland 2011

by Mr. Thorsteinn Fr. Sigurdsson, Secretary General of the Constitutional Council 2011 (in pdf)
presented at the 2012 European Conference on Public Communication

the book Internet by Cantoni & Tardini now available in Persian!

Persian translation of Internet



Prisoners and hats puzzle

a story that teaches how silence is so important in communication (even a matter of life and death). 
See it on wikipedia


Thin-Slicing, Malcolm Gladwell, and the Chinese Character for Listening

by Nick Morgan, on Forbes >>>

Hereafter the character:
taken from: http://www.she-philosopher.com/gallery/lely_2W1.html


Misconduct accounts for the majority of retracted scientific publications

an article by Ferric C. Fanga, R. Grant Steenc, and Arturo Casadevalld published on Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

hereafter the closing remark of the comment on the NYT: "There are many theories for why retractions and fraud have increased. A benign view suggests that because journals are now published online and more accessible to a wider audience, it’s easier for experts to spot erroneous or fraudulent papers. A darker view suggests that publish-or-perish pressures in the race to be first with a finding and to place it in a prestigious journal has driven scientists to make sloppy mistakes or even falsify data. The solutions are not obvious, but clearly greater vigilance by reviewers and editors is needed."


Integrating formal and informal learning

The 2013 Annual Conference of the Swiss Society for Research in Education will be held on August 21-23, 2013 at the Università della Svizzera italiana, in Lugano. The conference main topic is Integrating formal and informal learning.

The conference is organized jointly by the Dipartimento Formazione e Apprendimento of the Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana (SUPSI-DFA), by the Faculty of Communication Sciences of the University of Lugano (USI), and by the Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (SFIVET).
see the conference website for the call for papers


a great experience at the University of Eastern Finland

acting as opponent at the doctoral defence of Carolina Islas Sedano
Joensuu (Finland), September 4, 2012

Topic: Hypercontextualised Games 
Custodian: Prof. Erkki Sutinen


Comunicazione è anzitutto ascolto

Il Presidente USI, Prof. Piero Martinoli e l’USI Career Service hanno il piacere di invitarla all’incontro:
Comunicazione è anzitutto ascolto
Intervengono:Prof. Lorenzo Cantoni, Decano della Facoltà di scienze della comunicazione
Prof. Mario Botta, Direttore dell’Accademia d’Architettura

Modera: Michele Fazioli, RSI

16 Ottobre 2012, Ore 16.30 – 18.30, Auditorium, Campus USI Lugano

How Jeffery Boyd took Priceline from dot-bomb to highflier

a story by Fortune >>>


Symposium: Global tools, local needs

I'll be at the University of Eastern Finland (in Joensuu) to be opponent in a PhD discussion, as well as to participate to the Global tools, local needs Symposium, at the IMPDET (International Multidisciplinary PhD Studies in Educational Technology) >>>


Connected Minds Technology and Today’s Learners

a new report by OECD, edited by Francesc Pedró, with significant contributions from Emanuele Rapetti (Chapters 3 and 6). 
The report cites two of our papers on the topic:
  • Rapetti, E. and L. Cantoni (2010), “Digital natives and learning with the
    ICTs the ‘GenY @ work’ research in Ticino, Switzerland”, Journal of
    E-Learning and Knowledge Society
    , Vol.6 no. 1, pp. 39-49 
  • Rapetti, E., Cantoni, L. and Misic, S. (2009), “New cultural spaces for
    learning: the learners’ voices”, Online Webasculture Conference
    , July 16-18, Giessen, Germany, www.webasculture.de/index.php?id=75.


Ticino Switzerland Travel Specialist featured in TES MAGAZINE

Read the interview here (in German).
Subscribe to Ticino Turismo eLearning Platform here (in English).


Bene comune e comunicazione

un mio intervento presso la Facoltà di Teologia di Lugano >>>

The Social Media Economy Map

a quite interesting map by SMI


EDEN's Best Research Paper Award !

EDEN's Best Research Paper Award is granted yearly during the Annual Conference Dinner, the Award is presented in collaboration with the Ulrich Bernath Foundation for Research in Open and Distance Learning, with the support of a distinguished Jury. This year, former President of EDEN - European Distance and E-Learning Network Ingeborg Bø chaired the jury and presented the Best Paper Award at the conference dinner on June 8th.
This year's winners were Emanuele Rapetti and Lorenzo Cantoni from Università della Svizzera Italiana (Lugano, Switzerland). Our paper is titled Reconsidering "Gen Y" & Co: From Minding the Gap to Overcoming it.

Other finalists were:
  • Do Men Learn in Order to Earn? Motives for Lifelong Learners to Choose Web-Based Courses and the Relationship with Age, Gender, Parenthood and Rate of Studies
    Ron Mahieu, Simon Wolming, Department of Education, Umea University, Sweden
  • Generational Distinctiveness in the Time Use of Working Distance Learners
    Bill McNeill, The College of Estate Management, United Kingdom
  • Personalisation in e-Learning – The Key for Success in Learning in Later Life
    Sonia Hetzner, Eline Leen, Innovation in Learning Institute - ILI, Germany


Mobile Access to Knowledge (A2K)

Marta Pucciarelli & Lorenzo Cantoni (Università della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano, Switzerland), Mobile Access to Knowledge (A2K), presentation held at the Scientific m-Learning seminar, ICTP - Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste (Italy).


a very interesting campaign by the Ministry of Tourism in Macedonia

a very interesting viral campaign addressed to local people to promote a change in attitudes and behaviours toward tourists. 
How to evaluate it? (here a very negative evaluation)


Mobile Science & Learning

Marta Pucciarelli & Lorenzo Cantoni, Mobile Access To Knowledge, in Enrique Canessa & Marco Zennaro (Eds.), Mobile Science & Learning, ICTP—The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste (Italy) 2012, pp. 71-77.
Freely downloadable.

con la classe del Master in Gestione dei Media



Harvard and M.I.T. Team Up to Offer Free Online Courses

an interesting article published by NYTimes >>>


with very good colleagues and friends in Maputo (Mozambique)

last week, during a meeting of the RE-ACT (social REpresentations of community multimedia centres and ACTions for improvement) project


Ma il Vaticano sa ancora comunicare? Da Giovanni Paolo II a Benedetto XVI: l’informazione cattolica tra nuovi media e tradizione

Università della Svizzera italiana (Lugano, Svizzera), giovedì 10 maggio, ore 18.15
aula A11, palazzo rosso, campus di Lugano

Incontro con:
  • Andrea Tornielli, vaticanista del quotidiano La Stampa e autore di numerosi saggi
  • Lorenzo Cantoni, Decano della Facoltà di scienze della comunicazione dell’USI ed esperto di New Media
Introduce e modera Marcello Foa, direttore generale di TImedia e cofondatore dell’Osservatorio europeo di giornalismo.
La serata è organizzata dall'Osservatorio europeo di giornalismo dell'USI in collaborazione con Il Corriere del Ticino.


after two days in Andorra

skiing or attending the 7th World Congress on Snow and Mountain Tourism & playing with the Bienfaits pour vous iPhone App?


Rethinking Education in the Knowledge Society

a special issue of J.UCS - Journal of Universal Computer Science, 18/3 (2012), edited by Lorenzo Cantoni and Isabella Rega


Happy Easter!

Martin Schongauer (1450-1491), Noli me tangere (detail), tempera on panel, Musée d'Unterlinden, Colmar (France)


The Online Reputation Construct: Does it Matter for the Tourism Domain? A Literature Review on Destinations' Online Reputation

Marchiori, E., Cantoni, L., The Online Reputation Construct: Does it Matter for the Tourism Domain? A Literature Review on Destinations' Online Reputation, "Information Technology & Tourism", Volume 13, Number 3, 2012 , pp. 139-159


Formazione, ‘new management’, Amministrazione Pubblica

L. Cantoni, Formazione, ‘new management’, Amministrazione Pubblica, in Renata Viganò & Cristina Lisimberti (Eds.), Politiche pubbliche e formazione. Processi decisionali e strategie, Vita e Pensiero, Milano 2011, pp. 39-47


ready for ICTD2012 in Atlanta

Open Session:  
Photo Elicitation techniques to support research projects in the communities
Lorenzo Cantoni, Isabella Rega, Sara Vannini
Time: Thursday, March 15, 2012 14:15pm-15:45pm, 16:15pm-17:30pm
Room: Conference 2
In this workshop we want to show how to integrate and interpret photographic material within ICT4D research projects: examples of photo elicitation will be combined with practical works in groups on different methods of analysis (content analysis, semiology and discourse analysis), and a critical approach towards the visual and its implications will be discussed.


two new great websites

both NewMinE - New Media in Education and webatelier.net Labs have just launched their new websites. Have a look!



two great calls for papers!

ENTER2013- The 20th International Conference on Information Technology and Travel & Tourism 
January 22-25, 2013, Innsbruck, Austria
submission closes: September 1st, 2012
Research Track Chair: Lorenzo Cantoni (Università della Svizzera italiana, University of Lugano, Switzerland), co-chair: Zheng Xiang (University of North Texas, USA)

HCI International 2013 - The 15th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction 
July 21-26, 2013, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
I'm charing a session titled: Design, User Experience and Usability in Tourism-related Applications within the 2nd International Conference on Design, User Experience and Usability (DUXU)
submisison of abstracts closes: October 12, 2012


Background Investigation of Steve Jobs Released

The 191-page document, released under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), consists of the FBI’s 1991 background investigation of Steve Jobs for an appointed position on the U.S. President’s Export Council. The release also includes documents related to a 1985 investigation of a bomb threat against Apple >>>


UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) Adjudication on TripAdvisor LLC

"We told TripAdvisor not to claim or imply that all the reviews that appeared on the website were from real travellers, or were honest, real or trusted" >>>


Information and Communication Technologies in Tourism 2012

Information and Communication Technologies in Tourism 2012. Proceedings of the International Conference in Helsingborg, Sweden, January 24-27, 2012
Fuchs, Matthias; Ricci, Francesco; Cantoni, Lorenzo (Eds.)
Springer, Wien – New York -2012, 2012, XIV, 530 p. 87 illus. -Softcover, ISBN 978-3-7091-1141-3

What is a Scholarly Contribution?

my presentation @enter2012 PhD workshop


Apple Education Event

presenting their vision on the topic >>>



PICTURE: the adoption of ICTs within the ministrants of the Catholic Church

Cantoni L., Rapetti E., Tardini S., Vannini S., Arasa D. (forthcoming 2012), PICTURE: the adoption of ICTs within the ministrants of the Catholic Church, in P.H. Cheong, P. Fischer-Nielsen, P., S. Gelfgren, & C. Ess. (Eds), Digital Religion, Social Media and Culture: Perspectives, Practices, Futures, New York: Peter Lang