i-strategies netwalking are the combination of networking and walking. Basically, netwalkings are walking tours in local villages like Offida or Ascoli Piceno that usually take place after a meeting or learning activity. Through netwalkings participants have a good time discovering the area’s beauty and socialising.
Since Aristotle’s time, walking was associated with education. In this perspective, i-strategies netwalking are an example of non-formal education In which people learn differently: learn through an open-air experience. In the John Dewey perspective, learning through experience arises from the interaction between the internal factors of the person and the external factors of her or his environment. In our case, the “external factor” is the Marche region and its characteristics and medieval villages.
To conclude, the netwalks offered place-based, non-formal, and multisensorial learning experiences where participants can see, hear, smell, and feel the Marche region immersively [Ruitenberg, 2012, p. 9].
Indeed, “Region as classroom” is our motto.