Global innovations of smart education
The analytical review is dedicated to the smart education
Today, engineering students are required to be independent users of at least one foreign language, preference reasonably given to English. A modern ESP course is expected to meet the needs of smart education, which implies that students, being mentally prepared for life-long learning, are able to handle resources in English to see their ESP competence to advantage. Such a course can be successfully taught via the blended learning rotation model, the smart coursebook being its integral component. The Edmodo service is considered an effective platform to incorporate the smart coursebook into the ESP course. Edmodo tools allow regular-basis monitoring through express practice and peer assessment methods. Special attention is drawn to blank unit, a module to be filled by students with the personally relevant ESP content. The experimental teaching confirms that the use of the smart coursebook within the ESP blended learning course enhances the quality of the learning outcomes.
It’s common knowledge that today’s education is becoming more open and easily accessible; consequently, it is not limited by the boundaries of countries and regions. Moreover, online communication allows the educational processes to transpire irrespective of the territorial boundaries: not only the number of students is growing, but also their cultural identities are becoming more diverse. Nowadays are facing new problems caused by different world views, specific types of educational discourse, various information processing strategies etc. This book describes the prerequisites for development in the area of crosscultural didactics. This approach is based on research studies of differences between mentalities, ways of working with educational information, culturally-specific teaching methods and teaching techniques that determine differentiated approaches to the choice of multimedia technologies in education system. Cross-cultural multimedia didactics may be viewed as a combination of cultural, psychological and pedagogical aspects, of culture specific pedagogical discourse, unique features of ergonomic design of educational resources, cognitive and pragmatic features and specific methods and forms of teaching and, therefore, is set to become one of the most important trends in contemporary education system.
This book will be of interest not only to professional, who work in modern cross-cultural education environment, but also to a wide range of readers interested in cross-cultural communication.
The new educational technologies lead the higher education and professional retraining process to the more advanced level, integrating new knowledge generation and education in the high-technology innovation environment which involves research, knowledge-intensive production and education. This process is encouraged by a wide spread of open educational and E-Learning resources, which makes higher education more available and provides conditions for academic mobility development. All these factors contribute to building up open and flexible systems of staffing high-technology industries able to respond quickly and efficiently to requirements of labour market and new technologies, make university graduates more competitive both domestically and internationally.
This book contains the contributions presented at the 3rd international KES conference on Smart Education and e-Learning, which took place in Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Spain, during 15–17 June 2016. Book chapters, a total of 56 peer-reviewed chapters, are grouped into several parts, as follows: Part I—Smart University: Conceptual Modelling, Part II—Smart Education: Research and Case Studies, Part III— Smart e-Learning, Part IV—Smart Education: Software and Hardware Systems, and Part V—Smart Technology as a Resource to Improve Education and Professional Training.
The paper is devoted to features of the smart textbook as an integral element of the learning package of the course "English for Specific Purposes". The smart textbook is launched via the educational social network Edmodo within the blended learning framework. The smart textbook is a combination of professionally oriented authentic materials, a flexible set of exercises including the invariant and variant components, and a suite of tools enabling participants of the educational process to interact extensively and productively. The authors describe in detail current assessment mechanisms applied within the smart textbook framework. Particular attention is drawn to a special module of assessment exercises referred to as express practice along with the peer assessment technology to be intensively introduced into the course of English for specific purposes.
Institutions affect investment decisions, including investments in human capital. Hence institutions are relevant for the allocation of talent. Good market-supporting institutions attract talent to productive value-creating activities, whereas poor ones raise the appeal of rent-seeking. We propose a theoretical model that predicts that more talented individuals are particularly sensitive in their career choices to the quality of institutions, and test these predictions on a sample of around 95 countries of the world. We find a strong positive association between the quality of institutions and graduation of college and university students in science, and an even stronger negative correlation with graduation in law. Our findings are robust to various specifications of empirical models, including smaller samples of former colonies and transition countries. The quality of human capital makes the distinction between educational choices under strong and weak institutions particularly sharp. We show that the allocation of talent is an important link between institutions and growth.