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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Higher education in Latin America: Challenges and opportunities

OECD Development Centre

Higher education is one of the main drivers of economic and social development and therefore is crucial for a sustainable and inclusive development path in Latin America. However, the region performs badly in many higher education dimensions and various challenges remain. Access is low and still very unequal across socio-economic groups. The quality of the higher education system is low when compared with that of OECD countries and other emerging regions. The link with the labour market is not very strong and there are important skill mismatches that lock the potential for growth. Finally, the higher education system is subject to increasing financial pressures and competition from abroad. The incorporation of ICTs in higher education presents an opportunity to overcome these deficiencies.


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