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Beautiful Finland

It is always very nice to visit Finland. Every year it gets better.
This time I have been invited to contribute to two distinct events:

*** The kick off Meeting of IFITT Finland Chapter, where the topic was eLearning in Travel and Tourism [here below my presentation].

eLearning in Travel & Tourism from inversia

*** The Finnish National Summit for Tourism Education, where I engaged in a presentation about the future of tourism education [here below my presentation].

The Future of Tourism Education from inversia

 

What I take home from these few days is:

– a gorgeous salmon/reindeer dinner at Juho’s place (thank you Ulla!!)

– 2 very active discussions about education and technologies

– Savonlinna without snow (just for one day)

– a taste of Finnish great hospitality

Community Health Workers in Kenia

I am missing the wonderful week passed in Kenya working on my new book and assisting Isabella in her field work.

She is working on an extremely interesting project that aims at designing and implementing a mobile learning intervention that better connects community health workers and their and supervisors.

>> here the details of the project <<

During the week I have visited Makueni village and the Kibera informal settlement in Nairobi serving as “student assistant” 🙂

I am very proud of the few pictures I have taken during the photo elicitation exercise… 🙂

Now: this is very important. I need to go back to Kenya next year. We haven’t see any wildlife…I was looking for giraffes all the time from the car…but…

EULLP – InRuTou Kick Off Meeting

I have just returned from beautiful Krems an Doanu where FH-Krems IMC  hosted the first EULLP – InRuTou Project.

InRoTou aims at fostering tourism related knowledge, skills and attitude n Rural European areas…

Happy project to all partners 🙂

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Blogging in Higher Education

Few weeks ago I have surveyed my students about the use of a blog for the Marketing Communication unit, Bachelor in Leisure Marketing – Now Events and Leisure Marketing (Bournemouth University). This small research was done in the context of the PG Cert in Higher Education Practice

Here some results and ideas.

Practical reasons to use the blog for the Marketing Communication Unit 

50% of the students would use a blog for Marketing Communication (mostly agree, and definitively agree) if it were a tool for sharing lectures’ notes/recordings, 25% are neither agree nor disagree, while only 25% mostly disagree (figure 1).

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Figure 1.Blog as a tool for sharing lectures’ notes/recordings.

The majority (53.57%) is more interested in having the tutor commenting on lectures’ notes instead having peers commenting on that (39.29%) 57.14% of the students would use a blog for MarComm if it were a tool for sharing additional or complementary resources (figure 2). But in this case the discussion could be also lead by the tutors (60.71%) but also by the students themselves (64.29%).

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Figure 2.Blog as a tool for sharing additional or complementary resources.

Main motivations to use a blog for the unit 

57.14% declared that they would use he blog it were part of the final evaluation (figure 3) to foster critical thinking (60.72%) and opinion sharing (57.14%) but not to share writings about marketing communication (53.57%). As regards the possibility of fostering the sense of community, students did not agree: 14 students were in favour of that while 14 were not.

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Figure 3.Blog should be part of the final evaluation.

As regards the possible reasons for not using the blog 53.57% of the students indicated time constrains, followed by dislike for writing (17.86%) and concerns over privacy (10.71%). Only one student indicated technology concerns as possible reason for not using the blog.

Type of contents the blog should provide and authorship

As regards the content proposed for the blog students mentioned articles about news and trends (n=5), videos (n=2) and more information about the assignment (n=2). When asked about the author of the blog, students seemed to have no doubts: 67.86% indicated that the blog’s author should be the unit tutor with students commenting on posts (figure 4).

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Figure 4.Who should be the author of the blog.

Lesson Learnt  🙂
What I am now aware of is that the use of blog should be tactically and strategically framed into the course following a strict pedagogical strategy, that is fostering the knowledge construction processes through the social construction of meanings. It should therefore help critical thinking and opinion sharing. Tutor should not be passive, but extremely active in order to engage with students on different topics.

Use of Social Media BAEM@BU

Few weeks ago we launched a survey in our Events Marketing class about social media. We had 80 answers (out of 120 students) and the results are quite surprising. After running the survey we had seminars with the students in order to discuss results and to find insight about their perception and use of social media. Here some interesting things.

1. What kind of social media you use?

Our students mostly use (i) Facebook, (ii) Youtube and (iii) Twitter

2. The use of Facebook.com is massive.
(To which extent are you active on each one of these social networks?1= I do not know it2= I heard about it 3= I know it but i do not have an account4= I have an account5= I am active)

3. Twitter is rising.
(To which extent are you active on each one of these social networks?1= I do not know it2= I heard about it 3= I know it but i do not have an account4= I have an account5= I am active)


4. Few students have Linkedin Account, but they acknowledge the importance of having a “Professional network”. They are first year thus more interested in “university lifestyle” than in professional networking. (To which extent are you active on each one of these social networks?1= I do not know it2= I heard about it 3= I know it but i do not have an account4= I have an account5= I am active)

5. The use of social networks is related to the opportunity to stay in touch with friends and family. Some of the students do check carefully the content that is uploaded on their profile, while some other are simply having a private or most of the time “fake” profiles.

6. As for the engagement within social networks students are on the “users’ side”, thus not taking care of high quality content creation but only interacting at low level.