He has a degree in electronic engineering with a specialization in ICT. For his research activities on the educational use of digital technologies in the school and university contexts, he obtained the National Scientific Qualification as full professor in the sector 11/D2 - Methodologies of Teaching, Special Education and Educational Research.
From 2002 to 2011 he taught Network Technology, Knowledge Flow and Human Resources Development at the University of Turin.
From 2016 he is member of the faculty board of the doctoral school in Digital Humanities at the University of Genoa.
He has worked in the field of Educational Technology since 1985 studying the use of ICT in formal, non-formal and informal learning in different contexts (school, university, organisation/enterprise). In this field he has (a) managed several projects and scientific activities, (b) developed ICT applications and educational design approaches to support networked collaborative learning, and (c) studied the relationship between technology enhanced learning and knowledge flows. A particular area of interest is the use of network technologies to support the processes of social and educational inclusion.
In the latest years he has investigated the always-on education that takes place in the so called "hybrid learning spaces" i.e. the spaces that are determined by the interpenetration of the real and the virtual dimensions of the spaces where the teaching-learning processes take place.
These studies were the starting point for a more general and careful reflection on how hybrid learning spaces can become the ideal humus for seamless learning processes.
More recently, intrigued by multi-modal / multi-surface conversational applications (eg chatbots), he has launched two research lines aimed at exploring their potential (a) in the second language learning and (b) in the I-Mooc (or interactive Mooc) online tutoring.
In 1998 he was appointed member of a special commission of the Italian Ministry of Education established to define the national guidelines on the use of ICT in in-service teacher training.
He is also Contributing Editor of Educational Technology (USA), member of the TP&E Editorial Board (International Journal of Technology, Pedagogy & Education - UK), member of the IJAS Editorial Board (International Journal on Advances in Software is a Journal of the International Academy, Research and Industry Association - IARIA) and member of the JAER Editorial Board (International Journal of Advances in Education Research).
From 2009 to 2012 he was the principal investigator of WISE (Wiring Inclusive Special Education), a strategic research project funded by Italy’s Ministry of Universities and Research (MIUR) that studies ICT in homebound special education.
He is presently the scientific coordinator of TRIS (Network Technologies and Socio-educational Inclusion), a research project under the framework agreement between Ministry of Education, CNR and Telecom Italia Foundation aimed at the study of new models of schooling for students with difficulties to normal school attendance due to specific disabling diseases or social distress.
Last update: November, 30th, 2020