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Marco Bertolini

Marco Bertolini

Hi, I'm Marco ! I've been a trainer since 1989. Now, I am a Digital Learning Consultant and Course Designer. I propose on site and online courses to businesses, public and academic institutions.

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  • I'm surprised by some answers. Zero at the cinema, for instance. But that was a radio button that allowed you only one answer. I guess the distribution would have been rather different if several answers allowed. I am also appalled by the number of people watching together: mostly by myself. Watching screens used to be a social experience. One is tempted...

  • I use both the Web for research, for work, but I use a lot of applications as well, for work and leisure.

  • I love the Dutch-Belgian series Undercover. The first season was about a fake couple of cops undercover to track a Dutch drug baron. There has been a second season before the release of the film "Ferry". The film is a prequel of the series that tells the origin of Ferry's drug empire. And then, there has been a third season which deals with Turkish drug...

  • Hi, I'm Marco, I am Italian but currently living and working in Brussels, Belgium. I'm 62 years old and at that age, most people in Belgium have ceased to work. I am an online and hybrid course designer. I would like to apply to a new company as learning officer. I'd like to find guidelines, advice and exchanges with other participants about application...

  • Hi, I'm Marco, although I'm Italian, I live and work in the Brussels area in Belgium. I'm a course designer, I design, create, animate and evaluate online and microlearning courses. I follow this course hoping to know more and exchanging about digital and the screen industries.

  • I often go to exhibitions. One of the latest I visited was in Milano, in Italy. It was about Hyeronimus Bosch and his world. It was a wonderful one with a richness of original paintings by Bosch and his followers. There were pieces that I had already seen in the Bruges museum or the National Library Museum in Brussels, but I enjoyed much to see them...

  • Yes, it compels you to examine the object more carefully and in minute détails. It forces you to think harder about its condition but also about its history and the way it has been discovered and acquired.

  • This shoe has been built with Lego. It's been a superstar of the Adidas brand, designed in 1970. It has been nicknamed the Shelltoe, probably because of the shape of the front part of the shoe that is one of a shell. The shoe is mainly white with a black logo of Adidas. It has the real size of a 42 or 7 sport shoe. This object is in excellent condition and...

  • In Belgium, there are three official languages, actually, and not two as often mentioned: Dutch, French and German. Brussels Capital is an official bilingual region where both French and Dutch can be used for administrative documents, contracts, etc.

  • For me, multilingualism is the skills that allow someone to express themselves in more than one language, to understand other languages enough to be able to have social or professional relationships.

  • First of all, it's seems quite complicated to get an appropriate diagnosis. Like said in the course ADHD is a complex issue and can be mistaken for attachment disorder or ASD. Schools and other professionals are not always well informed about such disorder and how to cope with it. And institutions are not always well equipped or well funded. All this can...

  • One of these issues is certainly the ways other people in the environment look at the children and at their parents. A lot of people still think those children are just naughty and ill-bred and that the bad parenting is the main cause of it. The home work can be challenging for both the children and the parents.

  • Well, according to what we learned in week one, I'd expect that those children will have problems with some school rules like being silent, not fidget while in the classroom, focus on a subject for a prolonged period, etc.

  • I work with teenagers with dyslexia or ADHD and these tools will definitely help them to work with more comfort.

  • The first film is already "true cinema". It's not the musical stage like in Meliès films, but a true set, with a true scenery, a real locomotive, real horses, etc. There is a script, a narration with several episodes. The film is not "recorded musical any more", it is an art by itself. But, even though the camera stands in various locations, it is still...

  • I found this course very interesting so far. Like I wrote before, ADHD seems to be a more complex trouble than I thought. I was amazed, for instance, by the fact that symptoms could change from time to time. I'm looking forward to discovering next week contents.

  • Yes, it certainly changed my view on the complexity of this kind of trouble. When speaking about comorbidity, I expected something about troubles like dyslexia for instance, but so far, I didn't read a word about it. So, is that a myth or is it a choice of the team not to talk about it?

  • Interesting point about the way the medical assessment may be distorted through the clinical studies centered on males. I think our expectations according to the gender behaviour can also be different and thwart our perception of the real distribution of the disorder between males and females. The fact that the researchers were predominantly males could also...

  • Thank you for this presentation of a condition far more complex than the one people usually think, myself included.

  • Yes, I love Italian cinema. I've seen Roma Città aperta but not Il Ferroviere. Thanks for the reference ;)

  • @IanWall Thanks a lot for your quick reaction ;) and, above all, for this very interesting course. So far, I enjoy it very much !

  • Yes, I experimented recently the cultural dimension of films. My wife and I were watching an Italian series. I'm Italian, and my wife is Malaysian. Some parts were very funny for me, because they relied on the knowledge of Italy and its administration practices, but were totally lost for my wife. You must have at least a basic cultural familiarity with the...

  • Why is the music so dramatic? Why is it at night? Why is there a mobile with sheep above the head of the sleeper? Why does the knife fall to the floor in such a way as if to stab someone? Why is the sheep trying to escape that truck? Why is that truck stopping in front of Wallace and Gromit's house? Why is the mysterious driver wearing such a hood that...

  • It is built like a Hitchcock's thriller: sound, lights, a knife planted in the floor boards and "noir" ambience. I wonder why the sheep escaped the truck. Why does the mysterious driver - you see only his eyes in the dark - lets the sheep escape? What comes next? How come the sleeper already had a mobile sculpture with sheep over his bed? Is this an omen? ...

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    It's well observed because it's a series of prejudices about abstraction. The commentator is trying to figure out what all this represents. But, as it is abstract, it doesn't represent anything. And he gets frustrated because he paid good money to see something like junk. He thinks making a shoe or driving a truck would be more constructive. It's a good...

  • I don't see any clip either.

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    I watch a lot of different movies: drama, comedies, thrillers, documentaries...

  • In some countries, statistics are simply unavailable or only partially available. Knowledge of this kind of disorder can also be scarce among practitioners in some countries.

  • ADHD is another organization of the brain.
    I am working as a trainer for an NGO in Brussels. I face teenagers with learning disorders like dyslexia, dyspraxia and of course ADHD. I'd like to know more of the latter in order to help them better.

  • Thanks to the team for all that shared knowledge and your involvement. I'm not done, yet, I still have plenty to read about, but this course opened up a world of possibilities for me.

  • I really appreciated the illustration about the Japanese reactions to coronavirus. It makes the research results so lively. It helps a lot to understand the emotional and social pressure on people during the pandemic. I also appreciated the description of the different receptions of the contact tracking apps. Technologies can only be adopted if their...

  • At work, we use a lot of visuals from GIF, for instance, to communicate emotions. It can be for a success or to cheer up a colleague who faces difficulties. Those animated pictures have a very strong emotional power. It is sometime easier to communicate an emotion through those images than through words.

  • In Belgium, doctors can renew your medicine prescription through email. Your prescription is also recorded on the chip of your ID card. You just give your ID card to the pharmacist, and you get the medicine you need. The smartphone can also help in rural regions, where distances are so important and doctors kilometres away. I also see a lot of...

  • I had a connected watch that could give me a lot of data about almost everything including steps, heart beats and whatever, but I gave it to my son. I was going berserk with all the notifications every 10 seconds. Now, I use a very simple step-counting app just to encourage me to keep walking. I'm not obsessed about my health, I tend to neglect it, in...

  • I certainly wouldn't use the expression "digital divide" since it implies there is a clear line between those who know and those who don't. Things tend to be more complex. I often observed that youngsters are good in chatting, creating memes or sharing content with their smartphone. But they generally lack the more technical skills demanded by the business...

  • I worked on an online course for the Belgian federal government. This aims to train civil servants to accompany people who are at a loss with the digital online services. Nowadays, digital inclusion is a fundamental dimension of online development. Or should be...

  • Thanks for the reference, sounds interesting ;)

  • I personally use WhatsApp and Facebook to connect with my family in Italy. Everyone uses WhatsApp from my younger nephews to my auntie who is 85. One of my nephews who studies in Australia uses Facetime to communicate with us. Families who are scattered throughout the world, in the past, could rely solely on the post, sometimes with considerable delay. ...

  • A famous example of an object being toxic is the French writer Rémy de Gourmont getting a lupus by reading an ancient manuscript in a library in Paris.

  • I don't know if it is dementia, but I love touching objects which caused me some trouble in the past (touching a sculpture in an Italian cathedral, for instance, and triggering the alarm...). I understand why the artworks have to be protected against vandalism or accidents. But I also think our civilisation relies too much on vision and despises other senses...

  • Thanks for the information, Tanja, very interesting. Life is an endless pit of surprises and discoveries.

  • It's Christmas 1885 and Emma feels her hands have never been so cold. Fortunately, she received this hand warmer from her aunt Agatha. Filled with warm coal, it will be slipped in a fur muffler and keep Emma's hands warm and comfy during the midnight mass. Yes, this is the ancestor of those cute warming mufflers that you could see in every shop last...

  • These pieces of advice are interesting for a lot of types of writing. I have to write some advice about safety on the Internet for kids between 8 and 12. I think I will print and pin this list above my desk before starting to write.

  • Well, I like exploring and trying to find the meaning by myself, especially if I feel a strong emotions with a piece of artwork. But I also like a bit of context and history. What I really don't like is having someone imposing a unique viewpoint of a work and being close to other interpretation. We are all unique and we understand and appreciate a work of...

  • Very interesting point of view. I wish more museum curators would share these ideas and write more accessible texts for audiences. I went to some big international exhibition in Italy recently and without a previous knowledge of the artist life and work, I really wonder what some people could really understand.

  • They can study from home with Future Learn for instance. That's one thing I do mostly with my smartphone like now, being in the metro heading to Brussels. I can stay in contact with my family in Italy. I can keep updated with technologies which keeps me at work longer than most people in Belgium (I'm 62 and most people stop working at 57 through...

  • I'm now 62 years old, but still working and within a team with much younger colleagues. I agree with Terry Pratchett who once wrote "in every old man, there is a young one who wonders what happened". It's exactly what I feel. I feel that my mind is still young, alert, flexible, curious about everything. In my head, I must be 15 years old. But someone...

  • My smartphone has become the extension of my arm and my brain. It is my main work tool, my main way of communicating with my distant colleagues (I live in Brussels, but work with people in Paris, Dakar or some other places in Africa and Asia). It is also the main "home" of my work, since I coordinate the development of learning apps designed for smartphone...

  • Hi, I'm Marco, I am Italian but currently living in the Brussels area. I work in Brussels and Paris. I help developing learning applications for smartphones so I'm really interested in understanding the different audiences and their usage. I hope this course will help me design better content not only through the course but also through exchanges with the...

  • I also thought of an old master painting. I guess our representations are linked to our experience and to the memory of the works we have seen.

  • I'm generally of the explorer/contemplative type. But in a group, I'll tend to be the one who chats and exchange about what we see . I guess that the social dimension takes over when I'm not alone.

  • @TanjaEllenSleeuwenhoek thanks for your kind answer ! I'll stay only a few days at my family's home there, but I plan to see as much as I can.

  • I've read Peter Brown's book The Cult of the Saints that I found fascinating. Not everyone was happy with the development of such cults and it took some time to accept them and finally turn them into a common feature of the Christian faith.

  • They all died quite young: 36, 28 and 25 years old.

  • @TanjaEllenSleeuwenhoek thanks a lot for sharing. I'm going to Rome pretty soon, I hope I'll have the opportunity to visit this.

  • I missed Abraham and Isaac. I've been a bit confused with the shape of Noah's ark but the dove put me on the right track.

  • Hi, I'm Marco, I have no real formal education in history or archeology. I am a course designer in a NGO in Brussels, Belgium. But I always been fascinated with history and archeology. I participated in the previous course Enlightening the Dark Ages that I appreciated so much and I'm longing to know what this fabulous team concocted for us this time.

  • Yes, I already subscribed to the that course;)

  • The second measure is a strong political response but it already exists something very similar, the antitrust laws. In case of the media, I think it is even more important. Because media act as influencers and can shape the public opinion in some measure.

  • Yes, individuals can signal those hate speech. But it has been demonstrated that the energy to debunk a fake news or a disinformation campaign is much more important than the one necessary to produce them (law of Brandolini). But, collectively, I think we can train people to distinguish between information, misinformation, disinformation and propaganda.

  • Those platforms are not the creators of the content they propose but act as aggregators of others' content. They use that situation as an argument to escape their responsibility. I think as soon as you publish or distribute content you should at least be partially responsible for the content. Yes, it would cost money, but for the time being, those companies...

  • Other countries like France also consider cancelling public subsidy for public television. But that would put some of the missions and programs of the public services in jeopardy.

  • Privacy is a complex issue. I'm using systems at work I scarcely have decision on. At home, I try not to give away too much information about myself, not allowing most cookies for instance. But, I can't be invisible to everyone on the Net. I work in the field of online education and educational apps development, so I use software like Norton, for instance....

  • One thing governments could do is to promote training in cyber security for the personnel of cultural institutions, make sure they have access to software and skilled webmasters and security specialists who can design and implement safe online and digital networks, media, etc.

  • I've seen that the NFTs market is also growing fast and reaching incredible prices.

  • I created visual tours with H5P for a MOOC about publication tools. I think it will not fully replace the physical visit. But it can offer a useful complement to prepare a visit or to give people the opportunity to discover places that are inaccessible for them, in case of epidemic, or mobility problems, for instance.

  • Yes, I am also worried about the fact that "digital only" means the exclusion of a lot of people. I see that with the government's apps as well. Many people have difficulties accessing online information about their pension, their health, their taxes, and so on.

  • I participated in a crowdfunding campaign. I think it is a complementary way to traditional bank loans or state subsidies. But it shouldn't become an excuse for the governments to reduce the funding of cultural institutions. Cultural production at large is worth 2.3 % of France Gross Product, which is more than farming and fisheries.

  • Yes, it is a very good way to get both money and exposure, but it is not that easy. You have to propose a good project, an enticing presentation, truly rewarding goodies or services... And you need steel nerves, because most of the crowdfunding projects I know gather the last cents on the very last days. You also have to maintain the dynamics through an...

  • I think that trend explains why countries like America get politically polarized. If you add to that situation, the manipulation by actors like Cambridge Analytica, you get a quite worrying picture of how much digital platforms can fragment communities and damage democracy.

  • I think one of the most interesting dimensions in transmedia is the fan production (fanfiction, fanart, filking, etc.). The audience is not passively consuming artefacts produced by others, but participate in the creation process.

  • No, I don't think they are being obsolete at all, but transmedia enables us to create entire worlds across different media and to provide distinctive experiences to different audiences or to the same audience at different times and for diverse purposes.

  • I participated in a FutureLearn course about Transmedia, and it was very interesting. I also think it can be a wonderful way to explore a theme or to teach things differently. I have been working on an application for Ukrainian refugees in France and I worked with comedian in Radio France International. They produce a very interesting program to learn...

  • Yes, but the unbalanced power of the platform is changing the rules of the game. I co-wrote a book with two friends. This book has been quite successful, it is practically sold out. But someone who sells our book on Amazon through a link on their blog or website or social media will earn more in commission than us in copyrights as authors. Friends who are...

  • Yes, I listen to music through Spotify. I made interesting discoveries through this media. But I am also aware that this kind of platform economy is robbing the creators of their share of the bounty. Cory Doctorow and Rebecca Giblin just publish a book entitled "Chokepoint Capitalism" on the unbalanced shift of power in the creative industries. ...

  • I order many e-books online, I view films online on UniversCiné, I listen to music with Spotify. But I also enjoy going to the movies to find the special atmosphere of a cinema. I get a lot of information about exhibitions, theatre plays, movies, concerts through websites. I am a course designer and I spend a lot of my time online. But I still love...

  • Looking forward to following the next course, this one was so rewarding and interesting. Thank you so much for so much exciting information and viewpoint ;)

  • Nice activity, I enjoyed it very much ;)

  • The technique is the same - garnet cloisonné - but the style is quite different. Don't forget Angles, Saxons, Lombards and Goths are all Germanic peoples, so the fact that the art of one tribe is similar to the one of another is not so strange, even with a century in between. Cultures didn't evolve and circulated as fast as nowadays.

  • @FayWeatherly Thank you so much for this very interesting sharing ;)

  • I am really surprised to learn that tuberculosis neutralized leprosy. It is the first time I hear of that. Actually, we humans, are just the battlefield for bacteria and virus wars... Really, I hope we are a bit more than that, but that forces us to some humbleness, isn't it?

  • We’ll, one of my colleagues is a resilient person. He is the CTO of the company and manages all the digital development of our learning apps. I find him particularly resilient because, one hundred times per day, people come with problems, bugs, glitches, complaints, etc. about different projects. And he welcomes all that with a smile, a soft spoken voice…

  • The capacity to adapt to different environments and to overcome some stressful situations at work and in my personal life.

  • Hi. In this course, I hope to find out methods to be more resilient when it comes to deadlines, problems with some partners or members of the hierarchy or even collaborators. I also hope to exchange about these topics with other participants.

  • I always face tight deadlines and also some stress from bad communication.

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    My name is Marco. I am Italian but currently live and work in Belgium. I’m working for an international NGO. I lead e-learning projects. At the moment, we are creating an application for Ukrainian refugees who want to learn French. I would like to use the course to resist better some pressure at work (with the deadlines, the bugs, the absent…

  • Hello, I'm Marco. Even though I'm Italian, I'm currently living and working in Brussels, Belgium. I enrolled in the course because I'm passionate about history and I want to discover more about the European civilization and culture.

  • Actually, without the diversity information, my representation of the characters was totally different. I tended to imagine people of the same ethnic group, mostly white people. The diversity not only correct the wrong interpretation but add more "flesh to the bones" and humanizes the content. It feels more real, more human.

  • Well, I'm not a game designer, but I coordinate the development of interactive learning apps, based on storytelling and the use of characters. I'd like to know more about character design to work with complex and realistic characters that can really entice people to participate in the learning journey, people realistic enough so that learners can identify...

  • @BrettCoulstock Yes, I forgot the course is over. Thanks for your explanation ;)

  • It's the first time I hear about such a holistic experience about theatre. It must be amazing to share all those experiences with the stage professionals before the show.

  • So would I ;)

  • I am a course designer. I try to make my courses as accessible as possible for everyone. With audio-description, I hope to offer more accessible material to more people.
    I subtitled videos for impaired people with Amara. It was mostly captioning, also with description of sound that people couldn't perceive (door opening, dramatic music, etc.).
    I join the...

  • Yes, our representations are often twisted. I remember, when I was in secondary school, the teachers told us that a South-African girl would join the class the next week. I expected a black woman and actually, she was one of the most blond girls I have ever met, quite the Scandinavian type, but with a tanned skin...

  • I have translated videos for Amara, there was a little of AD, but we did mostly caption.

  • @SarahGornall Thanks for the reference, I'll search for it ;)

  • I find it very interesting. I also think that cultural practices flow and get transformed and adapted to local customs and belief systems. I had the opportunity to go to Malaysia and observe that the English language spoken there is strongly influenced not only by Malay language but also by Chinese forms of expression, to the point that English speakers don't...

  • Yes, I am born in Belgium, but I have an Italian nationality. People assume I am Belgian, because of my clear skin, my lack of hand gesture when I talk. Since I am Italian, I am supposed to love football. The last time I watched a football match must be around 2004... Some people are surprised to hear me talking English (as if Italians were genetically...

  • Yes, a lot of times. People assume that since I am Italian, I must be a football aficionado. Which I am not. I read a lot and never la Gazetta dello Sport. I hardly speak with my hands, contrary to the cliché about Italians.

  • I experimented the difference of bubble space and social practices between Italy and the Netherlands. In Italy, we touch a lot: we shake hands, we hug, we pat on the shoulder. In the Netherlands, they hardly shake hand, hug is almost unthinkable and a pat on a shoulder belong to the very small family circle. It made me quite uncomfortable, at the beginning.