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School and sport, the two-day teacher training event in Florence

The second phase of Miur’s training programme for the teachers involved in the experimentation for students/high level athletes, concluded in Florence. From 20 to 21 April, more than 100 teachers and 30 tutors have been engaged in the last part of the educational pathway which started last November in Rome with “School and sport: the ethics of didactic innovation”, the project financed by the Miur as part of the experimentation. The initiative is carried out by the online university, IUL, the science high school “Francesco d’Assisi” in Rome, the sport association Eurobasket Rome and the 5th office, sports policies for schools of the Miur.

The aim of the experimentation is to provide teachers with effective tools and educational methods to support youth studying and practicing sports at high levels and combatting early school leave and  professional sport abandonment. The training is addressed also to other 200 teachers all over Italy who can follow the two-day event on streaming on the Ministry of Education’s website

The introduction conference was taken part in by Gabriele Toccafondi, Deputy secretary for education; Cristina Giachi, Florence’s Deputy Mayor; Stefania Lella, form CONI’s strategies and social responsibilities office; Antonio Di Liberto, Director of the department for school sport policies of the Miur; Alessandro Mariani, Rector of  the online university, IUL; and Pantaleo Corvino, General Director of the technical area of the football team Fiorentina. The conference was concluded by the testimonies of the students/athletes of the “Fiamme Gialle”, Martina Tozzi and Carolina Visca, and Simone Ghidotti of the Fiorentina youth League.

The final figures of the 2017-18 edition provided encouraging data on the implementation status of the program: 1,505 students and students/athletes involved (compared to 450 in 2016-17), 396 schools in 18 regions (196 schools in 2016-17). The new registrations were 1318, the confirmations were 187. Among the types of schools involved science high schools (645) prevailed, followed by high schools based on  sports (313), Technical Institutes (288), professional Institutes (45). The students/athletes who followed the programme in advanced mode were 376 (182 in 2016-17), those in basic mode were  1129 (They were 271 in 2016-17), followed by about 750 school tutors and over 700 sports tutors. Among the more than 70 sports disciplines practiced by students and students/athletes, the most represented were: football, water sports, athletics and basketball.



For further information: IUl’s website, email








The webinars organised by IUL and Microsoft get underway

In April, 8 free-of charge webinars, organised by IUL and Microsoft on the themes of education, didactical innovation and new technologies for inclusive teaching, kick-start.

The initiative is born out of the partnership started last February between the American company and IUL, with the aim of carrying out training activities, mainly addressed to teachers.

This is the programme:

11/04 – Innovation of the school system and ICT
18/04 – Audio-visual language in the class
02/05 – Coding and computational thinking
09/05 – Educational robotics
23/05 – Small schools and distance learning
30/05 –  The makers philosophy and STEM at school
06/06 – Minecraft in the class
13/06 – Technologies for inclusive teaching

The first event is the webinar on innovation of the school system and ICT, on 11 April, led by Inidre’s President, Giovanni Biondi, and Microsoft’s Teacher Engagement Manager, Giuseppe Della Pietra.

Microsoft operates also in the field of education with the platform Microsoft Education, designed to offer services and tools for the learning of students, teachers, headmasters and everyone wishing to acquire knowledge of the education and training sectors. The platform hosts an online community, Microsoft Educator Community, with more than 100.000 teachers of different nationalities.




Schools and museums, the course for experts in cultural heritage education

IUL and the National association of small museums organise the specialisation and refresher course to form the professional figure of expert in school-museum joint laboratory activities

The specialisation course aims to create a professional figure able to establish partnerships between schools, museums, local entities, small museum institutions, and to integrate the school innovation process with activities for the valorisation of the territory and its historical heritage.

Italy has an extensive museological and natural heritage that is not always fully exploited. The expert on cultural heritage education is the professional figure created to fulfil the need of a closer and more productive relationship between schools and museums.

Therefore, the course aims to form a professional figure able to set up and develop innovative joint educational pathways to make the most of our cultural heritage in all its manifestations.

The deadline for enrolment is 31 March 2018

Didactic activities are delivered online and include students’ individual study on themes proposed by the teachers, and operational activities moderated by the tutors through videoconferences and forums. The course has a duration of one year, equals to 500 hours granting 20 ECTS credits.

The total cost of the course including lessons, final exam and conferment of certificate is € 500.000 payable in one lump sum at enrolment. Teachers’ tokens can be used to purchase the course. The educational offer is also available on the SOFIA portal.

The National association of small museums is a scientific-cultural not for profit organisation. It was founded in 2007 with the aim of promoting a new management culture for small museums, in order to address their specific needs which differ from those of large museums, in particular regarding the relationship with the territory, the local community, welcoming capacity and ways to deliver unique customer experiences.

For course information: – T. 0552380385 – – T. 3334497474



The calendar of the in person lessons of the 24 ECTS credits courses has been modified


How to become a socio-pedagogical educator or a pedagogist: IUL’s tailor made educational provision

The amendments made by Budget Law 2018 introduced new requirements for socio-pedagogical professional educators and pedagogists.

According to the Law, in order to qualify as professional socio-pedagogical educator it is necessary to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Science of Education (L-19), while to become a pedagogist it is required a master’s degree in a related area of studies including Science of adult education and lifelong learning (LM-57).

Since several years, the educational provision of IUL university has encompassed the graduate and post graduate courses granting the above-mentioned qualifications.

The bachelor’s degree “Methods and techniques for educational interactions” (L-19) is mainly addressed to teachers and all those wishing to work in and with the school, making use of new technologies for learning.

The master’s degree “Educational innovation and lifelong learning” ( LM-57) is mainly addressed to teachers, and educational and curriculum experts. The aim is to form experts in the provision, promotion and organisation of educational services. Moreover, the course provides specialised knowledge in pedagogical, sociological, psychological, economic and ethical sciences.

The 2018 budget law introduces the possibility to qualify as a professional socio-pedagogical educator by attending an intensive training course (60 ECTS credits) organised by universities, also delivered via distance learning. IUL is preparing a specific educational offer, issuing 60 ECTS credits and granting the above-mentioned qualification.

In order to be admitted to these courses it is necessary to meet one of the following requirements:

  1. a) to have passed an open competition to become a professional educator
  2. b) to have worked for at least three years as an educator
  3. c) to hold a secondary school diploma from a high school specialising in education issued by AY 2001/2002

Labour and training: the new web portal IUL@work

A web portal dedicated to safety and organisation of work environments, corporate responsibility, and professional qualifications and development.

This is the new challenge set by the online University, IUL, which has published its new website Iul@work, an online environment where it is possible to find professional and updating courses for all professional figures from employees to managers and entrepreneurs.

The educational provision, available on the website is updated with the current regulations, the Unified text on safety at work (Legislative decree 81/08), the State-Regions agreement, Europe 2020 strategy and the regulation on Administrative Liability of Legal Entities (Legislative decree 231/2001).

«The courses provision – Flamino Galli, General Director of Indire and President of IUL declared – enable students to expand their knowledge through hands-on experience. On the portal there are also specific contents, available free of charge, to delve into themes related to the culture of work and professional ethics. Its aim is to provide users with vast knowledge of problematic situations and their risks, through increased awareness of prevention rules and organisational culture».

The courses can be purchased from the website and is organised into video lessons, slides, handouts, and deepening materials. A team of experts is always available to answer users’ questions.

The portal is also a constantly updated magazine, where highly specialised contents are published to spread knowledge and delve into different aspects of work: organisation, health and safety, ethics and business management. Scientific articles, interviews and best practises are aimed to give answers and stimulate curiosity on the “culture of work”.

For information:

What IUL is

IUL – Italian University Line is a private e-learning university, founded in 2005. It is sponsored by the IUL Consortium, consisting of INDIRE and the University of Florence. IUL is a reference point for lifelong learning and can be intended as a “Lifelong Learning University” for anyone who wishes to acquire new knowledge in their field of work. The University’s teaching body consists of professors and researchers from the University of Florence and researchers from INDIRE, as well as experts in the various subjects.