International Research Conference, Lancaster UK, 10-12th April 2006
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Networked Learning: A Strategy for Development? A Latin American Perspective

Vera A Solís

Universidad Centroamericana


Two of the most powerful forces in the world are the spread of ICT and the effort to achieve social and economic development especially in developing countries. The presentation gives an overview of the situation of ICT in Latin America as a region and the impact of these data in the economic and social aspects of LA societies. Examples will be given of successful initiatives where ICT is being used as enabler for development. It will be presented the case of Nicaragua , one of the poorest countries of LA, and how ICT in education initiatives (e-learning and networked learning) is working to contribute to reach specific Millennium Development Goals: reducing poverty, raising levels of education, improving standards of health, enhancing empowerment, and reversing the loss of environmental resources.

The analysis will be made around the following issues:

1) Internet access

2) Access to information and knowledge

3) Social and cultural implications in e-learning and networked learning

4) Collaborative partnership (ELAC project)

5) Key lessons

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Keynote Speakers

Peter Goodyear, University of Sydney

Ronghuai Huang,

Beijing Normal University

Vera A. Solis, Universidad Centroamericana

Lawrence Hamburg, Higher Education Academy

Sten Ludvigsen, Intermedia, Oslo

Lancaster University


Higher Education Academy

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