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Making the Most of Technology for Learning and Training in Latin America

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Digitalisation is transforming the world of work and societies, and creating opportunities to learn and develop skills in new ways, times and places. The adoption and use of digital technologies can help Latin American countries close the skills gap with more advanced economies. Making the Most of Technology for Learning and Training in Latin America demonstrates how Latin American countries can realise the potential of new technologies for skills development in schools and all stages of life. It identifies barriers to accessing ICT infrastructure and connectivity limitations in Latin America, and provides recommendations on how they can be overcome to ensure that all students and citizens can benefit from new technologies for learning. The report explores the relationship between technology use in initial education and students’ performance in Latin America, and how policies can best support teachers as digital tools enter their classrooms. Digitalisation provides new opportunities for lifelong learning and this report examines the potential of open education and MOOCs in reaching those adults who are most in need of training in Latin American countries.

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Adult learning and technology in Latin America

This chapter investigates the new opportunities that digitalisation offers for adult learning, in the shape of open education and massive open online courses (MOOCs). In Latin American countries, patterns of participation in online learning activities tend to reproduce gaps in participation in standard forms of adult learning. Highly skilled, highly educated individuals are more likely to benefit from these new learning opportunities.

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