World-Class Learning

Teaching methods

Students will take part in interactive lessons, based on regulatory clinics, cognitive experiments, in-class exercises and flipped classrooms. 
Attendance and active participation in class are mandatory. Failure to comply with this rule compromises the students’ chances of participating in internships.
The evaluation of in-class activities contributes to increasing the final mark. Moreover, the final exam might consist of a simple oral question for those who have achieved 18 points or more thanks to the in-class activities.

Regulatory clinics

The regulatory clinic consists of a moot or real use of a better regulation technique, such as drafting, consultation, impact assessment.

In the past academic years, Regulatory clinics on legislative drafting were performed during the study visits to the Italian Senate and to the Chamber of Deputies. These activities are currently suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Currently, the Regulatory clinic might consist in participating in real consultation processes. In 2021, the class participated in the process launched by the Italian Transport Authority (ART) on “RIA Regulation Proposal”. The comments provided by the class have been organised in a document published on the institutional website of the Authority. In 2020, students were asked and supported with regard to answering Consultation guidelines, an operational document addressed to all public administrations that choose to carry out consultations in order to make their decisions and to all those who choose to participate in a consultation promoted by an administration. In 2017, all students were asked to answer the online consultation launched by the Italian Senate concerning draft Guidelines for Consultation (the contribution of the class has been published on the Senate website, p. 98 of the document).

         o    These exercises are graded 0-5 points each

Cognitive experiments

  • Prof. Rizzolli will address the experimental methodology in decision-making, involving students in designing and performing in-class experiments. 

           o    The participation to experiments can be graded 0-3 points

In-class exercises

  • Sometimes, at the end of a class, students are asked to fill a "3-Minute Paper" through classroom. It is a classroom assessment technique: within 3-5 minutes, students must organize their thinking on the class’ major points. The exact questions to be addressed in the paper can be changed. The 3- minute paper is not a simple list of topics covered during class but it must be a concise summary of the class itself. See here both 0-point 3-Minute Papers and "3-point" 3-minute Papers.

           o    The 3-minute paper is graded 0-3 points

  • Half an hour before the class ends, students could be exposed to written questions or asked to solve problems related to major class topics. These exercises will be uploaded on google classroom and must be sent back within 30 mins.

           o    These exercises are graded 0-5 points

Flipped classrooms

  • In the flipped classrooms, students present a paper or a behavioural experiment run in the field to test a particular regulation or policy (Randomized Control Trial-RCT). Students are organised in small groups where they can prepare a presentation on a paper chosen from a list provided in advance. They have to write a short report and present it in class. The report should be of a maximum of two pages (6000/8000 characters), structured as follows: 1) research question/s, 2) summary of the conclusions, 3) personal observations. The reports must be sent before the discussion, along with a slideshow to be used for the in-class presentation, which will last a maximum of 15 minutes.

           o    This exercise is graded 0-10 points