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International Journal of Knowledge Society Research Volume 7 • Issue 4 • October-December-2016 • ISSN: 1947-8429 • eISSN: 1947-8437 An official publication of the Information Resources Management Association Special Issue on Teaching in Higher Education: Guest Editorial Preface

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... Some of the methods that are increasingly being used in STEM teaching include interactive discussions, flipped lessons, role playing, peer teaching, lab activities and case study analysis, while problem based learning, experiential learning but also collaborative and cooperative methods are promoted. Sometimes, students' engagement with learning not only mentally but also physically and emotionally is sought, with the aim to trigger their curiosity and imagination [1], [2], [3], [4], [5], [6], [7], [8], [9], [10], [11], [12], [13]. As Confucius said: "I hear and I forget. ...
... • aim to promote engaged and active learning [6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13] and [43][44][45] and comprise a clever mix of bits of knowledge, emotive stimulators and digital or other tools. ...
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... The data/information that is generated will require that student training and translation of emerging technologies blend in appropriately. Papadopoulou, Marouli, Misseyanni, & Lytras, 2016;. Overall, our literature review and examination of European reports pointed to the following main recommendations concerning Greece. ...
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... As a response to contemporary global challenges -economic, environmental, social-and the need for graduates possessing a new set of skills -more practical, but also transferable, sometimes referred to as soft skills-, HE institutions are shifting towards more integrated and interdisciplinary curricula, more technology-enhanced learning, and an overall higher emphasis on active learning approaches. [1], [2]. ...
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... This paper is part of a larger research project based on qualitative research methods, using on-line questionnaires with open-ended questions which focused on instructors' experiences and perceptions of Active Learning Strategies together with Student Evaluation and Assessment in Higher Education with focus on STEM disciplines. The first results of our effort to identify active learning strategies used in STEM courses in Greece were presented in the 6th Future of Education Conference-Florence Italy, 2016, (10], [11], [12], [13]). This effort was further enriched with an in-depth case study [14]. ...
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