LATAM Congress: Call for Papers

By July 17, 2016English

ICT & Education LATAM Congress 2016:

“Integration of formal and informal contexts, for a better teaching and a better learning”

Where: Bogota, Colombia.

When: June 22nd-24th, 2016.


February 18th, 2016. UNESCO IITE-UNIR ICT & Education Latam Congress 2016 is born with the drive of: “Integration of formal and informal contexts, for a better learning and a better teaching”.

UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE,, Moscow, Russia),  Universidad Internacional de La Rioja (UNIR Research,, Spain),  and UNESCO Chair on eLearning at UNIR ( are the organizers of this event to be held in Bogota, Colombia, from June 22nd to June 24th, 2016.

It is the first conference organized by UNESCO-UNIR in Latin America on this topic. This Congress is part of the three main priorities of the UNESCO Chair on eLearning at UNIR for the 2013-2017 period. The main focus combines any learning that takes place outside the classroom with the official academic programs. Universidad Distrital “Francisco José de Caldas” and Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia, are the local hosts.

The director of UNESCO IITE, Alexander Khoroshilov, is the President of the Honorary Committee of this Conference and also one of the keynote speakers along with Maria Soledad Ramírez Montoya, from Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey, and director of the UNESCO and ICDE Chairs in “Open Educational Movement for Latin America”.

“Informal learning happens anytime, anywhere. We are convinced that formal learning, too. The key is to find the right balance between both contexts”, states Daniel Burgos, Vice-Chancellor for Research and Technology (UNIR Research,, Director of the UNESCO Chair on eLearning and the ICDE Chair in Open Educational Resources, and General Chair of this Congress.

Main tracks:

This Congress will work on three tracks: 1) Technology & Learning, 2) Educational Methodology, and 3) Educational Policy & Digital Society. A wide range of issues to discuss about, from the analytics applied to learning, cyber security, integration of Open Educational Resources in academic programs, educational innovation or Digital Anthropology.

Daniel Burgos explains that “this is a Congress that becomes a reference for countries in the region such as Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Peru and others on a global concern: How to combine everything that happens off-classroom with the acquisition of the official competences in academic programs?”.

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Author Christian M. Stracke

Dr. Christian M. Stracke is Associate Professor for Open Education and Innovation at the Open University of the Netherlands. In addition he is Advisory Professor at the East China Normal University (ECNU) in Shanghai, and Adjunct Professor at the Korea National Open University (KNOU) in Seoul. His main working fields are Open Education, technology-enhanced learning, educational policies and philosophy, learning innovations and quality, impact assessment and competence modelling. He has founded and established ICORE, the International Community for Open Education and Research and LINQ, the annual international conference on Learning Innovations and Quality. He has got 20+ years of business and research experience in HR and E-Learning in leading research teams and large scale projects (> 100 projects, > 50 Mio. EUR) and in consulting institutions and public authorities to develop long-term policies. His latest news online at:

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