Category Archives: 2015/3-4

Editorial

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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A technological enhanced self-assessment activity to reduce university drop-out

Passage from secondary school to university can be difficult for our students if they are not properly followed by instructors. To curtail the high university drop-out rate detected in various countries, a set of self-assessment activities must be devised by teachers to furnish students an important help in organizing their personal study-method and to gain a proper self-government.

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Advanced inter-organizational collaboration for knowledge transfer in educational systems

Inter-organisational collaboration is forced and based on knowledge transfer. Educational systems are fields of application, research subjects as well as training provision domains for knowledge transfer in inter-organisational context.

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Competitive strategies as an effective instrument of enterprise development

Nowadays the business environment is very unstable, so the companies should adapt quickly to the changes in the market to maintain their positions. That’s why the effective instruments of management will provide their success. The most successful companies are those that focus their efforts strategically. A successful strategy adds value for the targeted customers over the long run by consistently meeting their needs better than the competition does.

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Instructional delivery utilizing a blended format

Current trends in technology and new strategies in curriculum design have yielded a new methodology for content area course delivery. Blended learning is now being utilized in many colleges and universities to deliver instruction with a balanced approach in mind. This format provides new avenues in curriculum design and instructional delivery. Blended learning unites the best of both worlds in a post-secondary instructional model.

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Career guidance from an educational perspective: a proposal within universities

This article discusses the importance of guidance within university education and proposes a good-practice model for helping students to transition from university to employment. The analysis arises from educational approach to guidance, that over the last few years is providing an alternative to mainly psycho-technical and diagnostic approach, and conceives guidance practice as a process that is cross-functional concerning students’ educational path.

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Mobile learning technologies & educational applications

Mobile learning has been one of the reflections of the widespread adoption of wireless technology and Internet access from any place and anytime if requested. Technology and pedagogy are two main elements in mobile learning platform to identify in terms of educational process. Technology defines the platform and pedagogy defines the learning approach.

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The Challenge Academy: a creative crowdsourcing model for strengthening university-business cooperation

Crowdsourcing is a process of obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from a large group of people, and especially from an online community, rather than from traditional employees or suppliers. Challenge Academy applies the concept of crowdsourcing by offering an online platform for practicing skills and knowledge of the collective students population to solve business-related challenges.

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