The combination of Internet with network technologies socialized a new communication cyberspace that bonds us and permits the interaction of many with many more; the construction of a network of common interests; the effective dissemination and sharing of collective information and content. These technologies are part of our everyday life and working environment and its use in learning processes has been increasingly strengthened. Accessing virtually all common knowledge of mankind is a reality today, but sharpening and motivating the students to seek their way on a proactive practice, supported by technological applications, is still a terrain to be planted and cropped in near future. This will be the new design of the educational environment.

The outcome of this harvest is a huge challenge, which combines the application of active learning methods, established and used in traditional educational environments at all levels, that should be combined with communication technologies and be pedagogically integrated with innovative applications developed in recent years, breaking the new paradigm that at every moment transforms the world - the virtual ground.

Active methods place the student in the foreground, more self-taught, seeking to pave his way into learning by means of flipped classroom, PBL (problem-based learning or projects), games, blended or hybrid study, simulators and virtual reality-based technologies, amplified reality, learning analytics, among others. The impact of these new paths involves the rupture of traditional functional elements, such as subjects and physical spaces, bringing a systemic and integrated vision with major focus on the study of phenomena.

In fact, in the digital era, the student defines the form or distance to obtain the knowledge and no longer the school. The methods of transformation of the state of knowledge will have a fundamental role to lure one to interact or adopt a process or institution to develop the learning, in a world where reality, practice and problems bloom as demands associated to the development of skills and competencies with effective impact in the development and quality of life.

This way, we are open to productive collaborations for the 2017 CIAED: reports, analysis and discussions about this challenge whose scope includes choosing the pedagogical strategy, strengthened by methodologies and technologies that meet the needs of the target audience and the learning objective in a sustainable way.
Stavros Panagiotis Xanthopoylos
Director of International Relations