University as an Extended Environment: A Question of “E-Quality”

Francesca Ravanelli
Free University of Bolzano - Bozen, Italy


The activity context of universities in the 21st Century is involved in rethinking processes about both learning space and time and the prospect of student-centred environments in which the student, through dialogue and collaborative relationships, actions, reflection and discussion with peers, learns skills that may be useful when facing cognitive, ethical and social challenges of lifelong learning and “learning to learn” (Delors, 1996; Loiodice, 2011).Therefore, there are several challenges arising and the University must be regarded as the drawing power of the lifelong learning process (Unesco, 1998) to be able to face them; in particular, university must become a place of collaboration, experimentation, reflection and innovation generation (Morin, 2000).

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