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VIII International GUIDE Conference and V Seminar 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 “Science and Technology, Management and Quality: the future of higher education in Brazil and around the world”, will be held on November 19-21, 2014 at the Universidade Tiradentes (Aracaju, Brazil), leader University in Brazil for traditional and on-line education.

The conference intends to promote critical discussion on the main trends of global e-learning development, with particular attention to technology, management, research and quality.

Main Themes

  • ACADEMIC EDUCATION AND PEDAGOGY
  • SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
  • CORPORATE EDUCATION
  • TRAINING, METHODOLOGY AND RESEARCH
  • QUALITY
  • EDUCATION AND COMMUNICATION
  • INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN INNOVATION IN ONLINE PROGRAMS

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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.

The main theme of the Conference, Culture in the Midst of Global Modernization: The Role of Distance Education, offered many occasions for critical analysis and discussion of the current concept of culture as part of the processes of modernization and globalization, as well as the value of diversity as an institutional and symbolic feature of human societies. Guatemala, a country full of contrasts, many of which result from the combination of various historical, mythical, and religious heritages, was the ideal location to highlight the need to promote an effective integration and a peaceful balance among tradition and culture, present and future, modernization and technological innovation... (read more)