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Guatemala, April 10-11, 2014

Over the past two centuries, modernity has been conceived as a process of continuous innovation which has provided significant economic, social, political and cultural changes.  The "tradition of the new" has enhanced development and progress in terms of three factors: cultural heritage, external influence and integration in the international context.

Despite the differences that have characterized the process of modernization in various knowledge fields, its most direct consequence has been cultural homogenization, thanks to the diffusion of mass media and its ability to assimilate society, thought, and education.

In various regions of the world, education systems have had to contend with globalization and international competitiveness, all while trying to preserve their own cultural identity. While on one hand the scientific and technological progress has led to the uniformity of knowledge and education, on the other the combination of innovation and traditional models has stimulated the ability to develop original answers and solutions based on the specific characteristics of each country.

In the field of higher education, the use of ICT and new educational models and tools have facilitated the integration of specialized knowledge within the specific cultural context of a country, contributing to the definition of fundamental values for recovering a collective and individual identity and global development.

The VII International GUIDE Conference, to be held at the Universidad Panamericana (Guatemala City), aims to analyze the different solutions developed by each country as a result of the combination of modernization and technological innovation. The conference will be a platform for the collaboration between Central and South American institutions and a forum for professionals and experts from around the world to promote the exchange of knowledge, experience and best practices.

Main themes:

  1. Distance Education: A Strategy for Development
  2. Distance Education in the Global and Local Workplace
  3. Quality Assurance as a Key to Accessing the International Educational System
  4. Technological and Pedagogic Innovation and Its Social Implications
  5. Vices and Virtues of the Application of OERs and MOOCs in Formal Education