Formamente 2017 is a comprehensive edition focused on the trends triggered by the 4th Industrial Revolution. Such an attention to the priorities of the actual digital age is motivated by the forthcoming XIII GUIDE International Conference, which will be held in Rome on May 4th and 5th. Its main topic will be Education in the fourth industrial revolution. This monographic edition can be seen as a contribution to the conference, given that it points out some guidelines that the digitalization brings into the production value chain within and beyond the industrial sector. The world of work, whose modalities change, requires new smart skills, and the University must intercept and interpret these challenges. It is no longer just a matter of transmitting the accumulated knowledge or contributing to the creation of a new one, but of enhancing the formation of skills, which will be adequate for the future and continuously adapting.
In the field of theoretic and applied research, from primary school to university to permanent training, the key point of Industry 4.0 is the new skills required by innovative holistic strategies, metacognitive approach, interdisciplinary thinking, integrated networks which characterize the actual digital transformation of companies. This perspective confers unity of meaning to various laboratory experiments that may seem distant at first glance. In this way, codisciplinarity, didactic mediation, digital artefacts and their synergy, “embodied” involvement of the students are essential elements of university and didactic courses, which absorb the emerging plots of new knowledge. In this way, cybersecurity, transport intermodality, circular economy, use of smart algorithms for traffic analyse etc. can be combined in unusual ways with job-search, personal branding and advanced professional skills. Moreover, it is using this kind of approaches that the European Union aspires to modernize its industrial policies.
The XIII GUIDE 2018 International Conference seeks to harmonize the complexity of these topics in three vast sessions: Didactics for the digital age – Educational robotics: the future of mediation – Educational strategies to enhance the production of the future: towards growth and innovation.

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