Educational objectives: The course of Educational and E-Learning Psychology aims to analyze the cognitive, metacognitive, emotional, motivational and relational processes involved in multimedia learning and their role in developing the knowledge, skills and attitudes of learners. Adopting the perspective of the Developmental and Educational Psychology, the features of learning and teaching through the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) will be highlighted, as well as effective approaches and strategies in different educational contexts.

Expected learning outcomes:

Knowledge and understanding:
• of the psychological processes involved in multimedia learning.
• of the theoretical and methodological models of Educational Psychology explaining online and blended learning effectiveness.
• of the teacher's competencies in instruction with the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).

Applying knowledge and understanding:
• on the design of educational and instructional interventions with the use of ICT;
• on the identification of educational models consistent with the characteristics and needs of the learning contexts.
• on the construction of the educational relationship in online environments.

Making judgements:
• in finding connections between psychological theories on distance learning and educational contexts;
• in evaluating technological innovations as a function of the advancement of research in Educational Psychology;
• in acquiring self-assessment competencies related to ICT skills.

Communication skills:
• in the specialized language of online environments;
• in modulating communication strategies in order to motivate and support learning and relationships;
• related to active listening and feedback.

Learning skills:
• related to basic and applied research in the field of Educational Psychology and ICT;
• related to Lifelong Learning on the psychosocial aspects involved in multimedia learning.
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In addition to the main learning theories, the course will be devoted to blended learning. Specifically, the lessons will focus on the characteristics and processes involved in blended learning, as well as on the strategies for its design, implementation and evaluation in various educational contexts through the lens of developmental and educational psychology. The presentation of the aforementioned contents will be divided into three sections:
1. cognitive development, the main theories and learning processes (cognitive, metacognitive, motivational, volitional and emotional) involved in learning;
2. the key concepts and theoretical approaches underlying blended learning, teaching with the use of technologies, structure and evaluation of blended learning in the school, academic and business contexts;
3. serious games and their application in the educational and training contexts.

Core Documentation

Woolfolk, A. (2020). Psicologia dell'educazione. Teoria, metodi, strumenti. Milano-Torino: Pearson (Only chapters: 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10 e 11).
Ligorio, M. B., Cacciamani, S., Cesareni, D. (2021). Didattica blended. Teorie, metodi ed esperienze. Mondadori Education: Milano.
Additional readings about serious games will be provided by the teacher.

Type of delivery of the course

The course will be taught in mixed mode, both face to face and through the Formonline platform. In addition to the traditional lectures conducted with visual aids (slides), the course will also include practical exercises and working in group that will allow the students’ active involvement.

Type of evaluation

The exam is oral and finalized to ascertain the knowledge about the course contents. The exam is passed with a score of at least 18, whereas the highest score is 30/30. Lode may be added if the student demonstrates to master all the course topics in an excellent way. All measures will be taken into account in case of the extension of the COVID-19 health emergency.