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Università degli Studi Guglielmo Marconi Rome Italy

Editorial

A selection of papers presented at the IX International GUIDE Conference are published in this issue of Formamente. The Conference, held from the 6th to the 8th of May 2015 at the University of Salvador, in Buenos Aires, was dealing with an argument very important: “Online Education and Society: The Challenges of the Digital Era”.

The quality of the papers and the high number of universities participating to the conference from Latin America, USA, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Turkey, Spain, UK, Italy, confirm the constant interest of the international academic world for both theoretical and operative aspects of the use of ICT for teaching and learning.

This issue of Formamente analyzes deeply the use of new technologies in the academic programs of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); the articles selected present objective experiences and research results together with the experimentation of dynamic tools such as video-lectures, virtual classes and interactive virtual laboratories, online discussion forums, compatible with the latest generation intelligent devices.

The theoretical reflection that arises from the experiences presented are dealing with the smartification of science and smart university, and the flipped classroom; on one side it is analyzed the role of universities for the development of innovation, sustainability and efficacy of the educational process, on the other side, the flipped classroom approach changes the traditional relation between educational activities, focusing on the individual study through online video-lectures followed by in-class exercises with teachers’ support.

The combination of these components – intelligent devices and smart technologies in flipped classrooms – represents the challenge of our digital era: cutting-edge pedagogies for a successful university to give students the best learning experience.

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Formamente closes its tenth year of publication presenting a new issue with original articles dedicated to two transversal themes: didactic and educational research with advanced multimedia technologies; and the importance of the social dimension in economic analysis, in a broad sense.

In section Research, it is presented a project that takes advantage of IT tools’ flexibility to contribute reducing the drop-out rate in traditional universities, which is very high especially during the first years. Starting from the idea of a test with multiple answers, a dedicated platform allows the student to self-evaluate his/her knowledge both in itinere and before taking the final exam.

Thanks to the possibility of selecting either one topic or the entire program, the system guides the students during their preparation, and puts them in direct relation with their professors, who can monitor their progress. A dedicated database gathers all the results and allow to evaluate objectively the quality of didactic materials.

In the Application section, the need to face university drop-out is afforded from a different point of view: it is suggested to begin in analyzing pre-conditions in order to remove obstacles; then multiply good practices in knowledge transfer and sustain creative models of problem solving (such as the creative crowdsourcing model), focused on the challenging cooperation between universities and business.

Some complementary issues dealing with globalization are further analyzed in the section Research: the integration between financial and economic markets and speculative vulnerability, positively influenced by the social element of confidence.

In the section Application, the global market economy is further explored with an analysis of competitive strategies put into practice by sustainable business companies in their processes of management and implementation.

In order to integrate academic research, knowledge transfer and a conscious interpretation of the pathological phases of the economic and financial crisis, emerges the need to develop good practices between universities and labor market, thanks to the adoption of wireless technologies, mobile learning platforms and unlimited internet access.

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Editorial

Waiting for the X International GUIDE Conference “Optimizing Higher Education for the Professional Student: A balance of flexibility, quality and cultural sensitivity”, to be held from the 16th to the 18th of September 2015, the new issue of Formamente presents recent articles concerning the incremental relationship between technological innovation and online education.

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Editorial

This issue of FormaMente comes out almost together with the new journal Digital Universities: International Best Practices and Applications, promoted by GUIDE to foster good practices and their applications to teaching methodologies and didactics at university level, with a special focus on distance learning, in an international and inter-disciplinary perspective. Since its foundation, one of the main objectives of the Association of Global Universities in Distance Education has been to support research and cooperation in the e-learning sector, with particular attention to the relationships between scientific research, didactic research and technological innovation.

As FormaMente is in the first place an observatory on cutting-edge research, the more advanced international scientific production has been analyzed, outlining an original and interlaced design of knowledge.

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Editorial

This issue of FormaMente comes out before and after two international events organized by GUIDE Association in Latin America: the VII Conference on Culture in the Midst of Global Modernization: The Role of Distance Education, which took place last April at the Central Campus of the Panamerican University in Guatemala City, and the VIII Conference on Science and Technology, Management and Quality: the future of higher education in Brazil and around the world, which is scheduled to take place next November at the Universidade Tiradentes (Aracaju).

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Editorial

The 6th International GUIDE Conference, to be held in Athens on October 3-4, 2013, will be focused on two research themes of high social impact in light of the rapidly changing, worldwide economic circumstances: the role of universities and distance education, adaptable to various situational contexts, as compared to the traditional model of university education. Furthermore, the conference will investigate and discuss the contribution that distance education may have on the present structural crisis at the general, national and comparative level.

Anna Baldazzi and Giovanni Briganti

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Editorial

The first 2012 FormaMente issue focuses on the importance of virtual laboratories in scientific research. The contributions selected reflect the direct involvement of GUIDE Association in virtual labs theoretical and experimental experiences and also the growing interest that distance universities show towards some important international research projects.

Anna Baldazzi and Giovanni Briganti

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