A perspective in lifelong learning: m-learning for TT management training
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This paper focuses on an experience of blended learning (blended e-learning and blended m-learning). This experience is ongoing at present for the training of managers of Technological Transfer (TT), who work in an Italian Scientific Technological Park (STP). The main activity of the STP is linked to technological transfer. In the STP the technological transfer manager is the key figure in the management of the transmission of scientific knowledge from the research world to the industrial dimension. In Italy there are various initiatives for the training of the TT manager, from universities and other public agencies, not referable to the academic institution in a strict sense. These projects, even though they are relevant in the Italian framework, do not satisfy the training demand of TT managers. First of all, the training model used in these experiences is still the traditional lesson face to face, and possesses an extremely abstract character. Secondly, there is the problem of time. Typically, the TT manager does not have long periods of time to spend on training during his work day. The aim of this study is to make an experiment in a “Training course for the manager of technological transfer” in order to satisfy the training needs of the TT manager. The course is based on the blended learning model, with the use of combined traditional educational methodologies which are: 1.e-learning methodologies in the first part; 2.m-learning methodologies in the second part. In this paper, the experience of blended e-learning will not be described thoroughly, but will focalize on the blend m-learning experience, giving details of all its phases.