What Is GUIDE
GUIDE Association — Global Universities In Distance Education arises from the need of worldwide Universities to develop and support, in a flexible manner, the distance learning sector by promoting cooperation and research, while respecting the cultural specificity of each member.
The Association was founded in 2005 by the Marconi University and officially launched during the first international conference in February 2006, having the significant title “Towards the development of Common Platform for Global Cooperation”.
Nowadays the Association has reached a global dimension with more than 120 members Universities coming from all over the world. All the members work together to realize a global cooperation model for every university and institution linked to the e-learning and distance education sector.
Mission and Objectives
The GUIDE’s mission is to promote excellence in research, development and use of e-learning by providing networking and exchange opportunities among universities and educational institutions, funding agencies, public and private bodies and the business sector. The Association disseminates, especially through its official magazine FormaMente, the results of researches about the latest trends in online education and digital technologies application, also sharing and promoting e-learning policies, procedures and practices.
In order to facilitate and encourage dialogue and interaction among academic and private and public bodies involved in distance education, GUIDE Association carries out the following activities:
- Development of International Partnerships
- Drawing up of proposals and projects to be financed by the European Commission or other international organizations
- Organization of worldwide conferences on the latest trends in e-learning and educational technologies
- Official bimonthly Newsletter
- Release of international research studies and publication
- Publication of FormaMente, the Association’s scientific journal
With the aim to disseminate the outcomes of its international research and projects activities, GUIDE publishes books, hand-books, research studies and original papers in collaboration with its members. The Association’s publications represent an important source of information in the field of open and distance learning, instructional design, mobile learning and web-based communication.
They mainly focuses on the practical aspects of research as well as applied theory in educational practice, providing a comprehensive source of current research information in instructional technology.
- FORMAMENTE: International Research Journal on the Digital Future
E-Learning Quality Assurance: A Multi-Perspective Approach
This work addresses quality assurance in distance learning from the point of view of service provision and content production.