Donatella Persico graduated in mathematics in 1981 and is Research Director (Dirigente di Ricerca) at the Institute for Educational Technology of the Italian National Research Council (CNR). She was visiting scientist at the University of Bradford, UK, in 1985; at the Computer Science department of Exeter University, UK, in 1986; at Glasgow Caledonian Academy, UK, in 2013 and at the department of Pedagogy and Didactic of the university of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, in 2018.
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 learning design and evaluation, open and distance learning techniques, computer-supported collaborative learning, self-regulated learning, game-based 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 (see below).
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 “Philosophy 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 Italian Journal of Educational Technology (IJET), formerly 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 (British Journal of Educational Technology, Innovatios in Education and Teaching International, Journal of e-learning and Knowledge Society, QWERTY) and on the reviewers’ board of several other national and international journals. She 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. Collaborative Knowledge Building Community, Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, Società Italiana di e-Learning). Since 2015, she belongs to the board ("Collegio di dottorato") of the doctoral programme in Philosophy and Educational Sciences of the Ca' Foscari university of Venice.
She has organised and contributed to organise national and international conferences.
Donatella Persico has been in charge of several national and international projects (as coordinator, ITD team leader, workpackage leader) 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 (2013-2015)
- The Gaming Horizons, H2020 (2016-2018)
- The Professional Development in Knowledge Intensive Domains Project (2019-today)
- The PLEIADE (PLayful Environment for Inclusive leArning Design in Europe ) Project (2020-today).
Persico, D. (2016). Auto-regolazione nell’apprendimento online. Roma, Italia: CNR Edizioni. DOI 10.17471/ 9788880801993.20.CNR
Haggis, M., Perrotta, C., Persico, D., Bailey, C., Earp, J., Dagnino, F., Passarelli, M. Manganello, F., Pozzi, F., Buijtenweg, T. (2018) A manifesto for European Video Games.
Roma, Italia: CNR Edizioni. DOI 10.17471/54006
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
Brasher, A.; Whitelock, D.; Holmes, W.; Pozzi, F.; Persico, D.; Manganello, F.; Passarelli, M. and Sangrà, A. (in press). Comparing the comparators: how should the quality of education offered by online universities be evaluated? European Journal of Education.
Manganello, F., Pozzi, F., Persico, D., Dagnino, F. (2021). A dashboard to monitor self-regulated learning behaviours in online professional development. International Journal of Distance Education Technologies (IJDET), 19(1), 18-34. DOI 10.4018/IJDET.2021010102
Passarelli, M., Earp, J., Dagnino, F. M., Manganello, F., Persico, D., Pozzi, F., ... & Perrotta, C. (2020). The Distant Horizon: investigating the relationship between social sciences academic research and game development. Entertainment Computing, 34, 100339. DOI 10.1016/j.entcom.2020.100339
Persico, D., Passarelli, M., Manganello. F., Gewerc Barujel, A., & Rodríguez Groba, A. (2020). The participatory dimension of teachers’ self-regulated professional learning about learning design: beliefs versus behaviours, Professional Development in Education, DOI: 10.1080/19415257.2020.1787193
Persico, D., Manganello, F., Passarelli, M. (2020). Participatory approaches to Learning Design: the gap between theory and practice. Interaction Design & Architecture(s) - IxD&A, 44, 96-108.
Giovannella, C., Passarelli, M., Persico, D. (2020). The Effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Italian Learning Ecosystems: the School Teachers’ Perspective at the steady state. Interaction Design and Architecture(s) Journal - IxD&A, 45, 2020, 264 – 286.
Persico, D., Passarelli, M., Manganello, F., Pozzi, F., Dagnino, F.M., Ceregini, A., Caruso, A. (2020). Automatic feedback, self-regulated learning and social comparison: a case study. QWERTY, 15(2), 27-44. DOI: 10.30557/QW000029
Gewerc, A., Persico, D., Rodés-Paragarimo, V. (2020). Guest Editorial: The Emperor has no clothes: the COVID-19 emergency and the need for digital competence. IEEE Revista Iberoamericana de Technologias del Aprendizaje. DOI 10.1109/RITA.2020.3033208 Spanish version DOI 10.5281/zenodo.
Persico, D., Passarelli, M., Pozzi, F., Earp. J., Dagnino, F.M., Manganello, F. (2019). Meeting Players Where They Are: Digital Games and Learning Ecologies. BJET, 50(4), 1687-1712. DOI 10.1111/bjet.12777
Pozzi, F., Manganello, F., Passarelli, M., Persico, D., Brasher, A., Holmes, W., Whitelock, D., Sangrà, A. (2019). Ranking meets distance education: defining relevant criteria and indicators for online universities, IRRODL, 20(5).
Perrotta, C., Bailey, C., Haggis-Burridge, M., Persico, D., Ryder J. (2019). Games as (not) culture: a critical policy analysis of the economic agenda of Horizon 2020. Games and culture. DOI 10.1177/1555412019853899
Asensio-Pérez, J. I., Dimitriadis, Y., Pozzi, F., Hernández-Leo, D., Prieto, L. P., Persico, D., & Villagrá-Sobrino, S. L. (2017). Towards teaching as design: Exploring the interplay between full-lifecycle learning design tooling and Teacher Professional Development. Computers & Education, 114, 92-116. DOI 10.1016/j.compedu.2017.06.011
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.