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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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Preface

OECD Development Centre

The relevance of higher education for economic and social progress is unquestionable, particularly in a globalised, knowledge-based economy. Skills are a major driver of labour productivity and of an economy’s ability to sustain its competitiveness and escape development traps. Developing the right sets of cognitive and non-cognitive skills has emerged as a major determining factor for people and economies to participate meaningfully in the global economy. As stressed in the OECD Skills Strategy, “skills have become the global currency of the 21st century”.

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