ASOC is about civics, digital skills, statistics and storytelling, but also about cross-functional skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, and interpersonal and communication skills.
This educational programme is organised in four lessons that include an on-site civic monitoring visit, events to be organised during the Open Government Week, and a final public event. The syllabus is organised based on a mixed model that includes both massive open online course (MOOC) and project-based working groups using social networking, blogging, and online sharing activities.
Participation in the project is open to students of all types of secondary schools (high schools) , who participate in teams (i.e. entire classes, smaller groups within a class, or groups of students from different classes) that may have up to 25 students.
The teams involved in the project are guided by the main teacher, eventually supported by a second teacher.
Each team carries on a research work on a specific theme starting from a project financed by cohesion policies. This project is to be selected based on data published on the OpenCoesione webportal in order to assess how public policies are working to improve the local community.
The ASOC educational programme contents can be used as a part of a work-study programme for approximately 50 hours of activity.
Teachers who participate to the project are offered 25-hour training programmes recognised by the Italian Ministry of Education.