The Institute of Communication Technologies (ITC) studies the interactions between information technologies and human communication processes. Such interactions are bidirectional: on the one hand, information technologies allow us to design innovative tools, which dramatically change the landscape of human communication; on the other hand, theories of human communication may have a remarkable impact on how communication between software systems is conceived.
Currently, the main themes of interest at ITC are:
- eLearning: relationship between education, communication and digital technologies, with a special focus on instructional design, quality, and informal learning. This theme of research is mainly realized in the New Media in Education (NewMinE) laboratory.
- eTourism: the role of ICT in the tourist communication, with a special focus on on-line word of mouth, digital reputation, and eLearning in tourism. This theme of research is mainly realized in the webatelier.net laboratory.
- ICT4D: Information and Communication Technology for Development, the study of the impact of ICT in developing countries, with special attention to the sustainability dimension. This theme of research is mainly realized in the New Media in Education (NewMinE) laboratory.
- Use of Semantic Web Technologies and Normative Systems for regulating the access, the collection, the management, and the combination of data available on the Web (Web of Data and Big Data).
- Application of the theory of communication for modelling distributed software systems.
- Study of software tools and technologies for supporting the communication and the interaction among human beings: semantic web, web services, e-commerce, e-government, and so on.
- Usability and applications of ICT in the field of cultural heritage. This theme of research is mainly realized in the TecLab, Technology Enhanced Communication Laboratory.
- Studying the relationships between technological tools and the form of messages, with particular regard for the most innovative forms of communication, like hypermedia, 3D information visualisation, and virtual reality.
Within the BSc in Communication Sciences, ITC promotes the study and use of digital technologies as essential from both an educational and a professional point of view.
ITC offers the following core courses in the BSc in Communication Sciences:
- Technologies of information
- Multimedia and new media applications
ITC offers the following courses in the three specialist areas of the BSc in Communication Sciences:
- Digital Technologies for Business
- Digital technologies in the media
- Digital technologies in public and no profit institutions
ITC offers the following courses in the Minor in Digital Marketing or in Digital Communication of the Master of Science in Communication and Economics:
- Digital Corporate Communication
- Digital Marketing
- Online Communication Design
- Conceptual Modeling for Information Management
- The Network Society
Moreover ITC offers a levelling Computer Science atelier for newly enrolled students in the BSc in Communication Sciences and elective courses.