TOPICS

 

  1. Typology of the institutions and programmes of Distance Learning in Latin America in regard to the new development methods. Local, regional, national and international initiatives.
     
  2. Models, technology and reality. Theoretical models and epistemological framework of Distance Learning educational technology in Latin America. Teaching and learning resources provided by Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the different levels of education. Technological resources applied to management and training in education. What kind of technology do we need? Costs, quality and pertinence.
     
  3. Globalization-contextualization tension. Appropriate and inclusive models. Equality: problems related to access and exclusion in a scenario of technological spread. Democratization of education?
     
  4. General aspects of state policies on Distance Learning. Promoting and restrictive aspects of Distance Learning in Latin American countries. Accreditation procedures. Quality standards and assessment systems.
     
  5. Social perception of Distance Learning in Latin America: from “Cinderella” to the “Education of the Future”?
     
  6. Virtual communities and the new environments where Distance Learning is developed: web 2.0 applications; augmented reality; learning and knowledge technologies.
     
  7. Networks of national and international cooperation: consortiums, programmes and subsidized projects.