E-Learning in Higher Education in Latin America

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This report analyses the incorporation of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in higher education in Latin America, focusing mainly on what is commonly referred to as “e-learning”. Access to and quality of higher education, financial constraints and relevance to the needs of the labour market are all crucial challenges facing the higher education system in the region. The study attempts to understand how ICTs and new learning and teaching practices can help to meet these challenges. The report also provides the results of a questionnaire showing the degree of implementation and the impact of e-learning on a group of higher education institutions in Latin America and includes a set of policy recommendations in this area.

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E-learning in higher education in Latin America

OECD Development Centre

The increasing use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in higher education has led to important changes resulting in greater weight being placed on the virtual component of emerging methods of teaching and learning. E-learning is expanding globally, with new forms of delivery of higher education and relevant developments – such as MOOCs – that are transforming some of the main foundations of the traditional university and may be the prelude to a new higher education paradigm. These developments represent an opportunity for Latin America, as e-learning has the potential to increase access to higher education, improve its quality and strengthen links with the productive sectors. However, the relatively low incorporation of ICTs in the region as well as the risks associated with these emerging trends need to be borne in mind.


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