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Vocabulary Development – Preface

It is not surprising that vocabulary is a learning tool that allows us to access conceptual knowledge. It is not surprising either that knowledge and richness provided by vocabulary pave the way to understanding or that the meaning of a word is determined by the context.
This collection of 9 essays, written between 2018 and 2019 and published in the journal “Education Sciences”, introduces new paradigms of theoretical reflection and likewise highlights innovative teaching practices. From a theoretical view, the complexity of the matter focuses on the continuum from word knowledge to its absence. As the authors point out in the Preface: “Readers who know a word in its fullest sense can associate experiences and concepts with it and continue the life-long process of word learning”. The Special Issue Vocabulary Development is edited by distinguished experts in the field, that are also the authors of the Preface: Timothy Rasinski and William H. Rupley.
Timothy Rasinski is Professor of Literacy Education at the Kent State University and director of its award winning reading clinic; William H. Rupley is Professor, Distinguish Research Fellow, and a Regents Scholar in the department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture, College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University and Editor-in-Chief of “Reading Psychology: An International Journal”. We are pleased to publish, for divulgation purposes, the Preface to this Issue and sincerely thank the authors for allowing us to reprint it (Note of the Italian Editor).

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Handbook on Measuring Equity in Education – Introduction

In line with UNESCO aims since 1946, namely that education is everyone’s right, Silvia Montoya, director of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), promoted this handbook to encourage equity in education as an active and tangible process that can be monitored. This is exactly what we deem today as a “crucial ambition”. The handbook is organized in 6 parts, that from theoretical assumptions and methodology issues to national planning for equity in education, provides resources, both theoretical and practical, to overcome even the most common educational gaps. As stated in the introduction by Chiao-Ling (Claire) Chien, Education specialist, and Friedrich Huebler, the Head of the Education Standards and Methodology Section of the EIS, “meritocracy, minimum standards, impartiality, equality of condition and redistribution” are the pillars of a classification of measures of equity.
A rich and detailed bibliography, a plethora of graphs and structured data feature every chapter, making the handbook quite a necessary tool for experts in the field. We are pleased to publish, for divulgation purposes, the Introduction of the handbook and sincerely thank the authors for allowing us to reprint it (Note of the Italian Editor).

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Creativity – Conference at Università degli Studi Guglielmo Marconi

Creativity is the art, the ability and the cognitive faculty of the mind to create and invent: to represent a forma mentis that takes on a particularly significant function in relation to our cognitive processes, such as intuition, perception, analogical thinking, simulation, integration of ideas, research in the context of a structured problem, reflection, personal reworking, critical thinking. Creativity involves not only the cognitive and meta-cognitive profile, but also the affective-motivational horizon of our subjectivity, represented by feelings, needs, emotions, impulses, interests, passions, desires. Everyone is a universe in which “unknown inner strengths sleep in the shadow like kings never born”.

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Epistemic game theory and logic

“Games” (ISSN 2073-4336), an academic peer-reviewed publication by MDPI, is
an international open access journal that is devoted to topics like, game theory,
strategic interaction and decision making.
Paul Weirich, University of Missouri USA, edited the Printed Edition of the Special
Issue Epistemic Game Theory and Logic, a collection of papers published online on
MDPI between 2016 and 2017. The issue is divided into four sections: Economics,
Computer Science, Philosophy and Psychology.
We are pleased to publish, for divulgation purposes, the preface to the Special Issue
and sincerely thank the author for allowing us to reprint it (Note of the Italian Editor).

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Internet and mobile phone addiction

“The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health” published, between 2017 and 2018, a series of articles about current issues of great relevance, such as Commuting, Life-Satisfaction and Internet Addiction, Problematic Smartphone Use: Investigating Contemporary Experiences Using a Convergent Design or A Phenotype Classification of Internet Use Disorder in a Large-Scale High-School Study. Olatz Lopez-Fernandez, Special Issue Editor, gathered such contributions, 20 articles, in a recently published Special Issue entitled: Internet and Mobile Phone Addiction Health and Educational Effects.
We are pleased to publish, for divulgation purposes, the Preface to the book and sincerely thank the author for allowing us to reprint it (Note of the Italian Editor).

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Good practices in honors education

In the Special Issue entitled Good Practices in Honors Education, “The Journal of the European Honors Council” devoted its first number of the third volume to the pivotal topic of education, and in particular to its practices and honors programs in higher learning. The issue’s aim is aligned with EHC’s purposes. In fact, they both express a collaborative view about education, which is able to foster students’ professional development, and more generally, to share knowledge about these applications in order to support, inspire and inform all the actors involved in honors. Maarten Hogenstijn, Coordinating Editor JEHC, introduces us to the reading of nine examples of good practices, with a view to encouraging a mutual sharing of knowledge among different countries.
We are pleased to publish, for divulgation purposes, the Introduction to this Issue and sincerely thank the author for allowing us to reprint it (Note of the Italian Editor).

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Seizing the opportunities of the Industry 4.0 to invest in the future: the Career Day at Marconi University

Why a Career Day at Marconi University?

Universities and industry have been collaborating for over a century, but the rise of a global knowledge economy has intensified the need for strategic partnerships which encompass a wide range of activities. Universities role is also changing and the task to guide students in the labour market is crucial.

In this light the organization of an event offering students and graduated the chance to meet companies and make job interviews is essential in order to reinforce the link between universities and the labour market.

Taking into account those considerations, Università degli Studi Guglielmo Marconi, in collaboration with Manageritalia, a longstanding federation of business representatives, Porta Futuro Lazio, the employment orientation agency funded by Latium Region and Agol Association, the association of Italian young opinion leaders, organized the Career Day – Future Job 4.0 on 11th November 2016. The event was held in the historical headquarters of the university located in the heart of Rome and was addressed to students, graduated, unemployed people and all individuals wishing to re-tailor their careers.

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The XII International GUIDE Conference

The XII International GUIDE Conference “Online Learning in the 21st Century: Practice Problems and Prospects” will be held on February 15-17, 2017 at B Resort & Spa, in Orlando, Florida, United States of America.  The conference will be jointly organized by Guide Association and University of Phoenix (Central Florida).

The Conference aims to promote discussions about the current status and next evolutions of distance learning. Particular attention will be given to the new pedagogical approaches to be used for the new digital generation, innovative emerging technologies and the keys for the successful improvement of a standardized quality system in e-learning. Moreover, the congress aims to push for the creation of communities of experts sharing information and best practices. Particular attention will be given to case studies and practical experiences.

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GUIDE Association next conference in Rome

The new GUIDE Association conference The Education in the Fourth Industrial Revolution will be held in Rome-Italy the 3rd and 4th May 2018 at Gugliemo Marconi University. The purpose of the conference is to provide an academic platform for researchers, scientist, professors and institutions to analyze the impact of the new technologies involved in the so called Fourth Industrial Revolution that is characterized by the new role acquired by machines, capable to do what was considered before only possible by the humans. As far as this new approach could affect all the aspects of life, society, economy, culture, education and the job market, this requires that the Universities have to adapt themselves to the new changes by creating an adequate contexts to prepare their students for the future jobs. As a consequence of a new industrial revolution, schools, colleges and Universities have to face new challenges in the field of research and applications and to analyse the new trends coming up such as: digital ubiquity, cyber-physical systems, and artificial intelligence, 3D printing, robotics, Big Data and Internet of Things (IOT) In this framework again research plays a central role in transferring students the ability to use and apply different knowledge in diversified contexts, in learning how to collaborate with their colleagues and their teachers and how to use new ways of communicating and the adequate skills to solve complex situations.

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Social networks for job search: the Job Hunter 4.0

This article is going to discuss the most recent update regarding the phenomena of Job Hunting, version 4.0. This update’s target is to enlighten the path of the so-called hunters and also to provide practical tools and instructions to mold the ideal employee of the future. Job Hunting 4.0 and Personal branding are core contents and objectives of the EPBE project coordinated by UDIMA – Madrid Open University. The organization, Learning Plans for All (Greece) and Marconi University (Italy) will be project partners, developing a course for job Hunters. This course will provide job hunters with tools of active job search. It will highlight aspects such as the importance of self-knowledge, resume writing, social media and job hunting, etc. and emphasizes on strategies for active job search (Udemy 2017).

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E-Learning in the age of the semantic web

The new forms of communicating how they have changed or potentially can change people’s education?
The early years of the third millennium were and still are characterized by the progressive development of ICT, Information and Communication Technology, the growing diffusion of related Internet technologies (2.0), which have made available to each user tools such as chat, email, blog, web cam, social network, now becoming everyone’s reach.
Today’s challenge is that these technologies, which are now able to expand our minds, are to connect not only intelligence, but also to create knowledge through experiences and emotions that can start a virtuous circle in learning.

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Broading the European political space on present challenges

This reflection aims to bring some elements of that theoretical and empirical approach called “Relational Sociology” or “Relational Theory of Society” into a proper politological perspective, even at the risk of providing a prescriptive assessment of the current European situation.
Such a relational approach (Donati, 1991) refers to a methodological pluralism where “the decisive step […] is that goes over the social primacy of policy. This step consists of starting to think not to a unique social order, rather to different and irreducible orders limiting one another” (Censis, 2000). It looks at the perspective of European unity within the dialectical poles of monist or polyarchical forms of the distribution of power according to the principles of solidarity and subsidiarity.

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Workshop Eurasia 2016

The third edition of the Workshop Eurasia, which aims to analyze the leading drivers of the economic development in Asia and the opportunities for Italian companies in that region, has been held in Rome 9-10 June 2016. The event has been organized by Unindustria and AGI under the patronage of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Within this event, Guglielmo Marconi University was called to organize a thematic seminar on the opportunities given by Horizon 2020 targeting China, especially in the light of the co-funding mechanism agreed by the EU and the Chinese Government to support joint projects between European and Chinese universities, research institutions and companies.

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Incontri di Fisica 2.0

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The Italian Institute of Nuclear Physics, INFN, and Università degli Studi Guglielmo Marconi continue their strong and fruitful collaboration in scientific research and learning programs. In this context, after fifteen successfully edition and starting from 2016, the two institutions propose together a new version of the “Incontri di Fisica”, now named “Incontri di Fisica 2.0”.

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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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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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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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International GUIDE Conferences: Buenos Aires and beyond

The IX International GUIDE Conference, held in Buenos Aires from 6th to 8th May 2015, has seen the participation of outstanding universities coming from numerous countries of Latin America (Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Venezuela) as well as from USA, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Turkey, Spain, Italy and UK.

The Conference focused on different topics, ranging from the comparison between traditional and distance education to relevant social themes, such as digital inclusion, e-citizenship and online education accessibility. (…)

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Collaborative learning and 3D virtual worlds: two experiences in a new didactic perspective

Nowadays teachers and trainers pay attention to the research and the experimentation of innovative pedagogical tools and approaches, such as simulation and 3D virtual world in order to improve the learning capacity of their students. Sometimes they invest time and financial resources to manage their updating courses, especially about how new technological potentialities can be exploited and integrated into their mainstream teaching methods. Also the use of different learning environments apart from the traditional class can stimulate the learning processes creating more educational opportunities and favoring the development of other approaches, such as collaborative learning.

This type of learning approach is represented by a situation where two or more individuals learn or try to learn something together aimed to the building of a common knowledge. Unlike the individual learning, people engage themselves in a collaborative learning process in order to capitalize on each other’s resources and competences. More specifically, the collaborative learning model is based on knowledge that can be constructed within a community in which members interact actively through sharing experiences and assuming asymmetric roles. In other terms, the collaborative learning refers to methodologies and specific environments where the students engage in a common task in which each individual depends on each other and is responsible for the others.

This article intends to describe two different practical experiences derived from TALETE and AVATAR projects on the use of 3D virtual worlds as learning environments to facilitate the collaborative learning among students.

Received: 6 May 2015
Revised: 15 May 2015

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The collaboration between Unimarconi and ENEA: multidisciplinary aspects

On November 18, 2014, the University Guglielmo Marconi held a half-day symposium marking the first five years of collaboration with the ENEA’s Laboratory of Radiation Biology and Biomedicine. The title of the event was: “The Collaboration between Unimarconi and ENEA: Multidisciplinary aspects”. This paper gives a summary of the scientific presentations.

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