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  • Special Section: Open Educational Resources Initiatives in Oceania
  • Open Access

University virtualisation in Latin America

International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education201411:11030032

  • Received: 15 December 2012
  • Accepted: 15 February 2014
  • Published:


This article analyses the process by which higher education in Latin America is being digitalised, and how it is radically changing the educational dynamics in the region. The incorporation of digital technology implies a transformation of traditional distance education and the creation of new distance education dynamics. Indeed, some institutions are now offering fully online programmes, and there is a general increase in the digitalisation of face-to-face teaching. This study analyses the state of the art of the educational changes brought about by educational digitalisation in Latin America, and characterises the various aspects of it. It also describes the slow start in the region of a convergent education between the traditional distance and face-to-face modes.


  • virtualisation
  • distance education
  • digital education
  • Latin America
  • reengineering