The XIII International GUIDE Conference, held in Rome from 3rd to 4th May 2018 and hosted by Guglielmo Marconi University, has seen the participation of universities coming from numerous countries across the globe. Attendees came from Austria, Brasil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Germany, Guatemala, India, Italy, Poland, Spain and U.S.A.
The two days conference featured 26 Academic Presentations to the 60 participants attending the conference.
The Conference focused on the discussions about the Education in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, addressed different topics, ranging from the new pedagogical approaches to be used for the new digital generation to relevant themes such as the Educational Robotics and the Educational strategies for smart manufacturing.
During the introductory speechs Dr. Aditi Pathak, from UNESCO MGIEP, has shown how harnessing the potential of technology important is to foster intercultural understanding. Dr. Vito Borrelli, from the EUROPEAN COMMISSION has presented a policy perspective on digital transformation in education, while Dr. Igor Danilov has invited participants to think about what is called Thinking in the fourth industrial revolution.
New teaching paradigms and learning tools for the new skills required by the incoming New Machine Age Revolution have been the most debated topics. In this framework practical case studies have been presented, reflecting on the use of new media and social networks as learning tools.
Among the most important issues that have received most interest are infact the educational strategies and policies for creating the new competences in Industry 4.0, the EU policies on the development of new professional skills and the future of work in the 4th Industrial Revolution.
Significant attention was given to the Virtual labs as immersive tools for the distance education and the gamification approach, with its crucial role in making the learning experience more attractive and stimulating for the students.
Most appreciate as strongest components of the presentations are the longitudinal research projects, the presentation of the researches with visual examples, case studies, the specific references to experience and work rather than conceptual.
Also the discussion of knowledge exchange between academic and professional spheres with sharing experiences was much appreciated by the attendees.
At the end of the conference was stated that the Association intends to support the internationalization of higher education by launching a virtual mobilty initiative, involving its members and others educational institutions.