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Creativity and transversal skills to raise fair european students in a digital era

Internet and the telecommunication technologies are precious tools in the field of Education. They allow students benefiting and sharing from thousands of source of information in real time and almost freely. Unfortunately, students have not a critic approach towards content or author; the rank in the search engines is often considered a synonymous for accuracy and reliability. GENIUS project aimed at fighting against the phenomenon of Plagiarism providing distance learning pathways focused on supporting creativity and students transversal skills. Over 357 teachers and 381 students gained understanding of different types of plagiarism, copyright, methodologies to enhance creativity, and a new phenomenon, the cyber-bullism.

Received 3 March 2013
Revised 2 May 2013

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OECD Multilingual summaries. Education at a glance 2012. Summary in English

Is there a significant correlation between the impact of the economic crisis, that, from 2008 continues to rage worldwide, and the level of education and training of the individuals?
In other words, in the tough competition of the global knowledge economy, can great levels of education and training make up an effective defence for workers within a liquid and uncertain job market?
In this thick publication Education Indicators in Focus series, dated January 2012, the OECD, based on the revelation and continuous elaboration of much data and education and training indicators on a worldwide perspective, answers affirmatively.
In these years, in fact, the weight of the crisis has greatly hit those social groups with low levels of education, who are until now, the most exposed to unemployment and to extreme instabilities; university education, however, seems to guarantee, in a constant way and in all countries, more stable employment and relatively higher incomes.

Copyright OECD 2012. First published online at // Reprinted with permission

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The University Life Café: promoting students’ emotional health

Contemporary technologies can be harnessed to meet community-building and emotional health objectives for university students. Cross-functional teams, student advisory committees, and campus partners add value when building a collaborative website designed to serve the campus community. To better engage and meet the needs of site users, websites need continual reevaluation and adaptation in response to the various feedback streams. Edutainment may have an important place in higher education, especially when used judiciously and strategically to increase student engagement.

Article originally published in ‘Educause Quarterly’, V. 32(2009), n. 4, Reprinted with permission.

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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.