IX International GUIDE Conference 2015

Online Education and Society: The challenges of the digital era

The IX International GUIDE Conference, “Online Education and Society: The Challenges of the Digital Era” to be held on May 6-8, 2015  at the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina, will provide a critical framework for the analysis of the impact of the digital revolution on society, higher education institutions and student and teacher behavior. The conference is structured around 3 main areas – Higher Education, Corporate Education and Science, Technology and Research – and  will offer an in-depth debate on global online education practices, trends and results.  The experiences of universities from Latin American and the Cono Sur region will be shared and compared to worldwide best practices to foster exchange, interaction and improvement.

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X International GUIDE Conference 2015
Optimizing Higher Education for the Professional Student

The X International GUIDE Conference “Optimizing Higher Education for the Professional Student: A balance of flexibility, quality and cultural sensitivity”, will be held on September 16-18, 2015 at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien (Vienna), Austria’s largest technical university of applied sciences that offers both traditional and distance degree programs.

The conference aims to promote discussion on improving higher education, bringing to light the needs of the evolving 21st century student and proposing new pedagogical strategies and technologies for meeting those needs. Particular attention will also be given to the continuing education and training of the working professional student, as well as the essential role of international collaboration and cultural sensitivity in the advancement of higher education research and technology.

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Digital Universities: International Best Practices and Applications

The first Number of the journal has been published online:

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University researchers and professors, interested in proposing articles for the second number of the journal, please send the proposal within February 15, 2015 to:


Conclusion of the VIII International GUIDE Conference and V Symposium on Education and Communication

Science and Technology, Management and Quality: the future of distance education in Brazil and around the world

The VIII International GUIDE Conference, held on November 2014 at the Universidade Tiradentes (Aracaju, Brazil), attracted 170 participants from 20 different countries. During three days, the conference featured 96 presentations in plenary sessions as well as other sessions dedicated to topics such as the evolution of e-learning; e-learning as a response to the growing demand for access to higher education, the evaluation of students’ outcomes in online education, e-learning and the use of MOOCs and OERs in academic and corporate education, education and communication and instructional design innovation in online programs

The Universidade Tiradentes (UNIT) a Brazilian private higher education institution founded in 1962 with campus in the cities of  Aracaju, Itabaiana, Propriá and Estância attracts the interest of local and national institutions, public agencies, media and education companies and experts who took part in a global debate exchanging their experiences with representatives from India, Italy, Portugal, Ecuador, Austria, Jordan, UK, Costa Rica, Canada, USA, Germany, Spain, Guatemala, Argentina, Poland and Mexico.

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Digital Universities: International Best Practices and Applications

is the new e-journal published by the Global Universities in Distance Education (GUIDE) Association, which is sponsored by Marconi University, Rome Italy:  http://digitaluniversities.guideassociation.org/

The journal publishes scholarly empirical, theoretical, and review articles dealing with online education specifically cases, best practices and applications related to different areas such as business, technology and science and pedagogy.

The Call for papers is already open. Please submit your article for the first number of the journal at the following email: digitaluniversities@guideassociation.org

Deadline: 15 September 2014

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Conclusion of the VII International GUIDE Conference 2014

“Cultural Identity in the Midst of Global Modernization: The Role of Distance Education”

The VII International GUIDE Conference, held in Guatemala April 10-11 2014, attracted over 350 participants from 41 different countries. During two days, the conference featured 78 presentations in plenary sessions as well as other sessions dedicated to topics such as the role of distance education in developing countries and in the global and local workplace, quality assurance, technological and pedagogic innovation and the application of OERs and MOOCs in formal education.

The Central Campus in Guatemala City of the Universidad Panamericana (UPANA), located in a quiet and verdant area far from the hustle and bustle of the center of the Guatemalan capital, hosted chancellors, presidents, deans, professors and researchers from all over the world. Central America and the Guatemalan community of educators and researchers welcomed and attended this international event with open arms, sharing their first-hand experience as well as their thirst for knowledge. All 14 public and private universities in Guatemala sent their representatives to the conference, as well as the neighboring El Salvador and Honduras. (read more)