In 2005 these countries were represented: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Chile, Peru and Puerto Rico. Among other activities, this network organizes a regional conference every year and online workshops, it has developed its own website containing a comprehensive database about Distance Education activities, courses and offerings in Latin America, and it has published two books on Distance Education and the status in the region. Besides, ICDE has signed a number of agreements with important international organizations that are present in Latin American in order to implement a number of activities.
ICDE organized the International Conference on Distance Education, with the theme “The New Frontiers of Distance Education”. The conference took place in the city of San Juan, Puerto Rico on August 4-6, 2005 in the College of Education, and was hosted by the Center of Academic Excellence of the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus.
The UNESCO Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (IESALC) sponsored the event, along with local and international organizations from the public and private sectors, such as: the Organization of American States (OEA), Association for Business Communication (ABC), Puerto Rican Distance Learning Association (APAD), Universia of Puerto Rico, Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System (HETS), Blackboard, Puerto Rico Space Grant Consortium (NASA), University of Puerto Rico Radio, Tourism Company of Puerto Rico, Microsoft and Learning Review of Argentina.
Over 400 persons from 23 countries registered for the event, either for the face-to-face or the virtual component of the conference.
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