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The article discusses the online learning in the context of Italian university. First, an historical perspective of the broader field of distance education is reviewed. Then, the best practices for online teaching are discussed. Before facing the MOOC hype, the state of affairs in Italian University is presented and, successively, the very peculiar phenomenon of the Italian “università telematiche” is focused. The article ends with some ideas about the actions required to introduce online practices in the Italian university.