Innovative learning laboratories

Ca' Foscari Contamination Lab
Italian CLab Network

Innovative learning laboratories, divided into Contamination Lab (CLab) and Active Learning Lab (ALL), are laboratoriesorganised by topics, selected by the University in collaboration with partners. The laboratories are typicallyheld over 6 to 8 weeks, totalling 150 hours of activities, including interactive teaching sessions, group work, review activities and the presentation of results. Some of the hours are dedicated to group work to achieve the weekly objectives. Participants are divided into groups, according to criteria of interdisciplinarity, gender, soft skills and personal preferences for a specific topic. Teachers and mentors will provide support during training.

The laboratories in numbers


projects carried out

partners involved

open badges awarded

Why participate

As a student
  • Learning new teaching tools and methodologies
  • In-depth study of a topic of interest for a future bachelor and/or doctoral thesis
  • Experimentation with working in multidisciplinary teams
  • Developing soft-skills
  • Workshops and in-depth lectures with lecturers, researchers, practitioners, tutors and experts on the Lab theme
  • Meetings with successful companies, start-ups and innovators
  • Networking and internship opportunities with partners (follow up of the most deserving and/or innovative projects)
  • Certificate of Participation and Open Badge digital certificate
  • Acquisition of 6 CFU credits for Ca’ Foscari students (as an activity replacing an internship, elective exams or extracurricular exams)
As a Lecturer
  • Use of 30 (accountable) teaching hours in a highly innovative and challenging project
  • Deepening research and development projects of personal interest (the Clab as a first step to test a research project or to support an existing research project and deepen certain topics or to disseminate the results of a research project completed)
  • Testing innovative learning methodologies and models for specific topics relevant for the lecturer
As a Partner
  • Improvement of the personal innovation process through creativity and interdisciplinarity
  • Development of new ideas/concrete solutions/services/products based on the proposed innovation challenges
  • Opportunity to collaborate with the University's Innovative Education staff, programme manager, product and service designers, sociologists, business modellers and communication experts
  • Possibility of expanding the personal network of collaborations
  • Expanding its visibility through the Ca' Foscari university network (citizens, students, companies and organisations)
  • Possibility of recruiting new talents from Ca’ Foscari

Awards and certificates

Participants who have attended at least 80% of the activity hours, with punctual delivery of the expected outputs, will be awarded a certificate of attendance and the related open badge. Ca’ Foscari students will also be awarded credits.

Award of CFU credits

For Ca' Foscari students, successful attendance in Laboratories may be recognised as an activity replacing:

  • Extracurricular exams, with no need for the Board's opinion, yet in compliance with the maximum number of extracurricular CFU credits provided for in the degree programme regulations;
  • Elective exams, if provided for by the Board. Each student may request the recognition of the Workshops as elective activities by their Teaching Board; the Board shall assess individual requests on the basis of their consistency with the specific degree programme and any reasons provided by the student;
  • Internship, only if expressly provided for by the Board.

Please refer to the CFU Credits Award Table to see how the Laboratory activity can be recognised. 

Open badge Active Learning Labs

Open Badge

An Open Badge is a digital document certifying the knowledge, skills and abilities acquired. Open Badges are recognised worldwide and can be included in electronic curricula and used on social networks.


Head of Scientific Department
Prof. Alessandra Bucossi
Department of Humanities

Barbara Scrazzolo
Contamination Lab Program Manager 

Scientific Director of the ALL
Prof. Giancarlo Corò
Department of Economics SELISI Centre

Valentina Romanin
ALL Programme Manager - Export Manager

Academic advisors

Gianluca Biotto
Business modeller

Davide Boschiggia
Product designer

Marianna Carbone 

Service Designer & Design Thinking facilitator at Amploom

Gian Paolo Lazzer

Serena Leonardi
Founder & Service designer di Amploom  

Alexia Redini
Export Manager - SELES - Everap S.p.A.

Giovanni Rossato
IT Innovation Project Manager, Process & Data Analyst Intern 

Last update: 29/11/2022