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Donatella Persico

Donatella Persico


Office: Genova

E-mail: persico@itd.cnr.it

Telephone: 010/6475 313

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Donatella Persico graduated in mathematics in 1981 and became researcher of the Italian National Research Council (CNR) in 1984. In 1985 she was aworded a scholarship as visiting fellow at the department of psychology of the University of Bradford, UK. In 1986 she joined the Computer Science department of Exeter University, UK, as a visiting scientist. In 2003 she was appointed senior researcher at CNR. In 2013 she was was visiting scientist at the Glasgow Caledonian Academy, UK.

Since 1981, she has been active in the field of educational and training technology - theory and applications. Her major interests include methods and tools for instructional design and evaluation, open and distance learning techniques, e-learning, self-regulated learning and teacher training. She is author of educational material of various kinds (books, educational software, multimedia material) as well as of several research papers and essays concerning aspects of educational technology.

She was lecturer of Educational Technology for the post-graduate school for secondary teaching of the University of Genoa from 2000 to 2006. She frequently lectures on various themes pertaining to her research interests. Since 2015, she is a member of the board of the doctoral school in “Phylosophy and Educational Sciences” of Cà Foscari university of Venice where she lectures on educational technology. She also occasionally supervises PhD students.

Since 2009, Donatella Persico has been editor of TD Tecnologie Didattiche, one of the Italian top-ranking journals according to ANVUR, the Agency of the Italian Ministry of Education and Research in charge of the evaluation of the research Institutions. She sits on the editorial board and scientific committee of several national and international journals, sits on professional boards (e.g. the Scientific Committee of ITD, the Regional Committee of AICA, Comitato tecnico scientifico del centro Centro UniPR Co-Lab) and belongs to a number of professional associations (e.g. the Collaborative Knowledge Building Community, the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, the European Distance Education Network).

She has organised and contributed to organise national and international conferences.

Donatella Persico has been in charge of several national and international projects, among which:

  • The LOGICLANDIA Project (1987-1990)
  • The OSCAR Project (1992-1994)
  • The FADxPMI Project (1996-1998)
  • The T3-Telematics for Teacher Training (1996-1998)
  • The TD-SSIS Project (2000-2006)
  • The SRL in TELE seed project of the Kaleidoscope NoE (2007)
  • The STEEL Project (2007-2010)
  • The SRL in TELE Theme Team of the STELLAR NoE (2010-2011)
  • The Science & Technology Digital Library project (2013-2014)
Since 2007, Donatella Persico has been in charge of the CNR Networked Learning research group ("Commessa Apprendere in Rete").

Selected publications


Cerone, A., Persico, D., Fernandes, S., Garcia-Perez, A., Katsaros, P., Shaikh, S.A.,Stamelos, I. (Eds.) (2014). Information Technology and Open Source: Applications for Education, Innovation, and Sustainability, SEFM 2012 Satellite Events, InSuEdu, MoKMaDS, and OpenCert, Thessaloniki, Greece, October 1-2, 2012, Revised Selected Papers. Lectures Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 7991, XV, 305p. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-54338-8 1

Persico, D., Midoro, V. (eds) (2013). Pedagogia nell’era digitale. Menabò edizioni, Ortona (Chieti), pp. 148, DOI 10.13140/2.1.1168.3206

Pozzi, F., Persico, D. (eds) (2011). Techniques for Fostering Collaboration in Online Learning Communities. Theoretical and practical perspectives. Information Science Reference, Hershey:NY, pp.397.

Dettori, G., Persico, D. (eds) (2011). Fostering Self-Regulated Learning Through ICT.
Information Science Reference, Hershey:NY, pp.472.

Bartolomé, A., Bergamin, P., Persico, D., Steffens, K., Underwood, J.(eds) (2011). Self-regulated Learning in Technology Enhanced Learning Environments: Problems and Promises. Proceedings of the STELLAR-TACONET Conference, Barcellona, October 1st, 2010, Shaker Verlag, pp.180.

Delfino, M., Manca, S., Persico, D. (eds) (2006). Apprendimento online: Proposte Metodologiche, Edizioni Angelo Guerini, Milano, pp.267.

Delfino, M., Manca, S., Persico, D., Sarti, L. (eds) (2005). Come costruire conoscenza in rete? Menabò edizioni, Ortona (Chieti), pp.223.

Persico, D., Ferlino, L., Olimpo, G., Tavella, M., Tirendi, C. (eds) (2002). Atti multimediali del convegno TED 2002. Genova, 27 Febbraio-1 Marzo 2002.

Persico, D. (ed.) (2001). Tecnologie Didattiche e scuola. Atti del convegno TED 2001, Genova, 12-14 Febbraio 2001. Stampato da Microart’s (Recco GE) (finanziamenti del Ministero della Pubblica Istruzione e del CNR per Convegno TED), pp.545.

Midoro, V., Olimpo, G., Persico, D. (eds) (1996). Tecnologie Didattiche. Metodi e strumenti innovativi per la didattica. Menabò edizioni, Ortona (Chieti), 1996, pp.349.

Persico, D., Sarti, L. Insegnare con l'intelligenza artificiale. CUEN, Napoli, 1988, pp.68.

Multimedia learning material

Ferraris, M., Midoro, V., Olimpo, G., Persico, D., Sarti, L., Tavella M. (chapters 1-6), Bottino R.M., Forcheri P., Molfino M.T. (chapters 7-11) (1987). Corso di Introduzione all'informatica. Dispensa studente e guida docente. SEI, Torino, pp.287.

Persico, D., Marceglia, L., Rivella, S. (1993). Logiclandia.  Dispense studente, note per l’insegnante e materiale per la valutazione, manuale d’uso del software. Editrice Theorema Libri, Milano, 1993, pp.165

Journals/Book chapters

Pozzi, F., Ceregini, A., Ferlino, L., & Persico, D. (2016). Dyads Versus Groups: Using Different Social Structures in Peer Review to Enhance Online Collaborative Learning Processes The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning (IRRODL), 17(2), 85-107.

Raffaghelli, J. E., Cucchiara, S., Persico, D. (2015). Methodological approaches in MOOC research: retracing the myth of Proteus. British Journal of Educational Technology, 46(3), 488–509. DOI: 10.1111/bjet.12279

Persico, D, Pozzi, F. (2015). Informing Learning Design with Learning Analytics to improve Teacher Inquiry. British Journal of Educational Technology (BJET), 46(2), 230-248. DOI: 10.1111/bjet.1207

Persico, D, Manca, S., Pozzi, F. (2014). Adapting the Technology Acceptance Model to evaluate the innovative potential of e-learning systems. Computers in Human Behavior (CHB), Volume 30, 614-622,  DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2013.07.045

Pozzi, F., Bottino, R.M., Persico, D. (2014). Enhancing Human Capital in TEL Research: a case study from the STELLAR Network of Excellence. Computers in Human Behavior (CHB), vol.31, pp.425-431. DOI 10.1016/j.chb.2013.10.062.

Persico, D., Manca, S., Pozzi, F.(2012) Three by Three by Three: a Model for E-learning Evaluation, in Beldhuis H. (ed) Proceedings of the 11th European Conference on e-Learning ECEL-2012, 26th-27th October 2012, Groningen, NL, pp 416-424,

Persico, D., Manca, S., Pozzi, F.(2012). Innovation and sustainability in higher education: lessons learnt from the case study of an online university, Online Pre-Proceedings of the 1st International Symposium on Innovation and Sustainability in Education InSuEdu2012, Thessaloniki, Greece, 1 October 2012¸ http://insuedu.iist.unu.edu/Papers/

Persico, D., Pozz,i F. (2011). Task, Team and Time to structure online collaboration in learning environments. World Journal on Educational Technology, 3(1), pp.1-15. http://www.world-education-center.org/index.php/wjet/issue/view/26

Persico, D., Pozzi, F. (2011). Task, Teams and Time: three Ts to structure CSCL processes, in F. Pozzi e D. Persico (eds). Techniques for Fostering Collaboration in Online Learning Communities. Theoretical and practical perspectives (pp.1-14). NY: Information Science Reference, Hershey.

Delfino, M., Dettori, G., Persico, D. (2011). Influence of Task Nature on Learners Self-Regulation in Online Activities. in G. Dettori e D. Persico (eds) (2011) Fostering Self-Regulated Learning Through ICT (pp. 145-161). Hershey, NY: Information Science Reference.

Pozzi, F., Hofmann, L., Persico, D., Stegman,n K., Fischer, F. (2011). Structuring CSCL through collaborative techniques and scripts. International Journal of Online Pedagogy and Course Design, vol.1, n.4, pp.39-49

Delfino, M., Persico, D. (2011). Unfolding the potential of ICT for SRL development.
In R.Carneiro, P.Lefrere, K.Steffens and J.Underwood (eds) Self-Regulated Learning in Technology Enhanced Learning Environments. A European Perspective. SENSE Publishers, Rotterdam, pp. 53-74.

Persico, D., Pozzi, F., Sarti, L. (2010). A model for monitoring and evaluating CSCL. In   Angel A. Juan,  Thanasis Daradoumis, Fatos Xhafa, Santi Caballe, & Javier Faulin (eds), Monitoring and Assessment in Online Collaborative Environments: Emergent Computational Technologies for E-Learning Support, IGI Global, pp.149-170.

Delfino, M., Manca, S., Persico, D., Sarti. L. (2010). Progettare e condurre l’apprendimento in rete: un corso blended per futuri insegnanti. ISDM – Informations, Savoirs, Décisions & Médiations - International Journal of Information Sciences for Decision Making, n. 39-656.

Del Re, E., Delfino, M., Limongiello, G., Persico, D., Scancarello, I., Suffritti, R. (2010). Systems, enabling technologies and methods for distance learning: the STEEL project. ISDM – Informations, Savoirs, Décisions & Médiations - International Journal of Information Sciences for Decision Making, n. 39-657

Delfino, M., Dettori, G., Persico, D. (2010). An online course fostering self-regulation of trainee teachers, Psicothema, 22(2), 299-305.

Persico, D., Pozzi, F., Sarti, L. (2010). Monitoring collaborative activities in Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, Distance Education, 31(1), 5-22.

Persico, D., Pozzi, F., Sarti, L. (2009) Design Patterns for Monitoring and Evaluating CSCL Processes, Computers in Human Behavior, 25(5), 1020-1027.

Alvino, S., Persico, D. (2009). The relationship between assessment and evaluation in CSCL. in Cartelli A. e Palma M.(eds.) Encyclopaedia of Information and Communication Technology, vol. II, (pp.698-703), Hershey, NY: Information Science Reference.

Persico, D., Pozzi, F., Sarti, L.(2009). Fostering collaboration in CSCL, in Cartelli A. e Palma M.(eds.) Encyclopaedia of Information and Communication Technology, vol. I, (pp. 335-340), Hershey, NY: Information Science Reference.

Dettori, G. Persico, D. (2009). Supporting Self-Regulated Learning with ICT. In Cartelli A. e Palma M.(eds.) Encyclopaedia of Information and Communication Technology, (pp.735-741), Hershey, NY: Information Science Reference.

Delfino, M., Persico, D.(2009). Self-regulated learning: issues and challenges for initial teacher training, in L.T. Wee Hin and R. Subramanian (eds) Handbook of  Research on New Media Literacy at the K-12 Level: Issues and challenges, IGI Global:Hershey-New York, pp.839-854.

Manca, S., Benigno, V., Persico, D. (2009). Self, virtual identity and learning processes in communication technologies.Editoriale in tre lingue del numero 4(1) di QWERTY, pp.5-17.

Dettori, G., Persico, D.(2008). Using Interaction Analysis to Reveal Self-Regulated Learning in Virtual Communities. in Dillenbourg, P., Specht, M.(eds.) Times of convergence. Technologies across learning contexts, (pp.1-14), Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 5192, Springer Berlin/Heidelberg.

Delfino, M., Dettori, G., Persico, D. (2008). Self-regulated learning in virtual communities. Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 17(3), 195-205.

Dettori, G., Persico, D. (2008). Detecting Self-Regulated Learning in online communities by means of interaction analysis. IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, 1 (1), 11-19.



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