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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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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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Editorial

The final year edition of FormaMente shifts the investigation from social sciences and ICTs, two topics broadly approached in the previous issues, to physical and mathematical sciences by reporting the newest and most innovative papers appeared in the major international reviews between the end of 2008 and the last months of 2009.

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At the conclusion of the third year of publication of FormaMente, two outstanding international events in the field of distance education saw the participation of GUIDE Association. In fact, in the second half of this year, that celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the 2nd ACDE Conference and General Assembly, “Open and distance learning for sustainable development” took place in July in Lagos, Nigeria and the ICDE Standing Conference of President took place in October in Shangai, followed by the ODE Global Forum. Both events, supported by the Unesco, expressed the shared intention of meeting the urgent need of equity in education, equal opportunities for all citizens, during all their lives, and acknowledged the crucial role of distance education for a sustainable development.

Editorial

The current issue of FormaMente is published shortly after the GUIDE International Workshop 2008, held in the prestigious headquarters of Università Telematica “Guglielmo Marconi”, from 15 to 16 May.
The theme of the event, closely related to the current debate and celebrations of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue, and typically characterized by telematic  pervasiveness, revolved around issues concerning the specificity of digital impact on education: “E-learning and multicultural education: digital divide and digital opportunities”. During the five thematic sessions and the two plenary sessions, about 70 papers were presented by GUIDE Members and other personalities, representing as many  universities and researchcentres from all over the world. From our own point of view, the Meeting actually witnessed the growth of our network. Some of the participants,  contributing their own activity and research issues, are also featured in the current issue of FormaMente.