This issue of Formamente concludes the year 2018, focusing essentially on long distance learning, on e-learning, on open access resources and on the pervasiveness of Google’s applications in reference to the curriculum, and to professors evaluation and training.
The publication opens with a preliminary case study on the new emerging trends amongst research professionals: independent researchers, unaffiliated to public entities, those favoring new technologies and network systems, and self-financed researchers.
In the Research section, in the realm of open access resources, there is an interesting study regarding modern and ancient literature training material available online, including digital and multimedia. Despite the initial reluctance towards e-learning methodologies, classical civilization professors integrated these innovative strategies to favor the transmission of the immaterial cultural patrimony.
In the Application section, the Pangasinan State University in the Philippines highlights the results obtained by the GSuite of Education application adopted in 2012 for distance learning and blended learning formats. Complementary to this global scholastic approach are several projects including the training project Thinking Together, relative to the use of new technologies in class; interview as a research approach for the evaluation of professor’s curriculum that practice online learning. Nonetheless, in the same section, the BIM (Building Information Modeling) article evaluates territorial regeneration through the organization and the digitalization of the construction process.
The Highlights section traces the captivating story of the Campagna romana, from the urban invasion at the beginning of the 20’s to the modern urban explosion of Rome, with the consequential fragmentation and degradation of the city. In this respect, the agricultural environment is undergoing an ecological regeneration to increment urban sustainability. To conclude, the publication ends with a thought-provoking reflection on the Geopolitical revival, extrapolated by the volume Reflections on Geopolitics by the selfsame author.

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