E-learning in Colombia in times of pandemic

We invited a group of Colombian universities to tell us about their reactions, actions, perspectives and challenges that they were facing due to the "new normality" derived from the pandemic, and how online education or e-learning in Colombia can play a role. fundamental in the near future of higher education in the country.

Within the framework of this contingency by covid-19, higher education institutions have been working silently, a series of deep processes that have demanded resources of all kinds, technological, physical and human, unknown to the general public. , which have allowed current students to continue their studies uninterruptedly.

But on the other hand, the Universities have had to act quickly, to prepare their academic offer to offer the options that the current situation allows. This allows us to see how e-learning in Colombia is projected as a short-term protagonist.

Through the decree 1330, that President Iván Duque sanctioned precisely a year ago, universities today have the opportunity to strengthen e-Learning in Colombia, by offering virtual programs with greater agility, and allowing them to receive a single qualified registration for a program and for this registration to apply to various modalities.

This helped them to act quickly in this contingency, saving them time on procedures, which would be critical in the current situation, and today they even have the possibility of adapting their entire undergraduate and postgraduate offer to virtual mode in a very agile way.

The different questions that the institutions have answered for this informative special are designed to understand what the challenges are in terms of adapting infrastructure, content, teacher training and preparing their students, how they have adjusted their previous plans to the new sector conditions. and the world, but especially to understand how they see online education or e-Learning in Colombia, as an ideal response to address this difficult crisis, which may be temporary, but also the opportunity to prepare the country for an unprecedented deployment of the educational quality in Colombia.


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Our questions about e-Learning in Colombia


How have the universities faced the challenges that the pandemic has represented for higher education?


How have university students coped with learning challenges in the midst of the pandemic?


What changes in terms of technological infrastructure have you made in the institution, in order to adapt to learning at home?


How important is online education in the academic offer of the institution?


With the "new normal", does the institution have plans to change its online education offer?


What are the universities with the most virtual programs in Colombia?

The experts in e-Learning in Colombia speak

We want to hear you

With online education or e-learning in Colombia. we have an opportunity to expand the reach and access of quality education, but it involves great challenges, and part of finding the best way to overcome them is listening to everyone's voice. Be encouraged to share your ideas about online education!
  • Bfc49B4A3E6328Dd28E17D38Cc593Be9?S=32&D=Mm&R=G
    July 29, 2020 at 7: 47 am

    Online education is a good option for more people to access good universities, without having to move from where they live. Many expenses are saved in addition to the fact that it is cheaper than the face-to-face study.

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    Diana rivera
    July 29, 2020 at 8: 58 am

    I have had good experiences studying online postgraduate studies, and I think they have great advantages, so that, for example, you can study while you work and have study times according to time availability. It also seems to me that they have good quality in their materials, the videos can be seen several times, until you understand, take notes.

    I think it is a super option today and even more so with everything that is happening in the world.

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    Nadia Rojas
    July 29, 2020 at 9: 32 am

    I have not studied #elearning in Colombia, but I have done it in other countries. It has helped me a lot to access foreign universities. He couldn't have done it any other way.

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    Cesar Soto
    July 29, 2020 at 1: 03 pm

    The only thing we will have for a long time will be online education. It is the safest thing to be able to continue with everyone's training. And it is an opportunity to optimize education costs in the country, which is usually quite expensive and very difficult to access for the vast majority of the population. Not for nothing of the population of working age, only 10% are professionals. Education needs to be expanded in the country.

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    Camilo Rodriguez
    July 30, 2020 at 9: 57 am

    I think that for at least a year, counting on this semester that is starting, we will have to adapt to study under the alternation modality and this could be an unexpected boost for e-learning in Colombia.

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    Giovanna Lopez Restrepo
    July 31, 2020 at 7: 04 pm

    I have never studied a virtual studio. I prefer face-to-face, but the current situation will definitely make us change many customs and perhaps overcome many obstacles. We will probably have to study from home for several months, or maybe even a full year, so in the end almost all of us would have to try the online study and see if it convinces us.

  • 33490286235A58A6738140F8Cf39B95F?S=32&D=Mm&R=G
    Ximena Ballesteros
    August 1, 2020 at 8: 47 pm

    E-learning in Colombia is still not very important or outstanding, and people continue to prefer face-to-face studies. More pedagogy and promotion is needed by the government, the Ministry of Education and the universities themselves. In these times of pandemic, it is surprising that adequate penetration has not been achieved to address this crisis, as shown in the graph, in which it is seen that more than 90% of the programs are face-to-face. Still missing.

  • 9D0559Ab29D38B8Dd62A3C811C45E426?S=32&D=Mm&R=G
    August 2, 2020 at 6: 38 pm

    My experience with e-learning has been good. I like to take online courses. And I like to watch tutorials on Youtube that I don't know if they classify as e-learning but they are still very educational. 😉

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    Milena Rojas Restrepo
    August 4, 2020 at 6: 38 pm

    I have not had the opportunity to study anything through e-learning. I like more the possibility of interaction offered by face-to-face study. -Maybe I will in the future.

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    Cesar Reyes
    August 11, 2020 at 10:49 am

    I am a regular user of e-learning platforms such as Coursera and edX. The level of the courses they offer is very high, 'because generally the teachers and instructors are professors with doctorates, or great experience in their field. They are a great option to study with international quality material.

  • Eaea06794B62Bba811B8F5566Cf88Ad5?S=32&D=Mm&R=G
    Alice Cobos
    November 28, 2020 at 12: 08 pm

    Online e-education could be a good way to increase the coverage and knowledge of Colombians. BUT,–First it is necessary to expand coverage, especially in remote regions, second, it is essential to provide devices to the greatest number of students, for this the government could take care of buying quantities of equipment or tablets to supply them to those citizens who live in inhuman conditions in the material and in the human. The country is collapsing due to the lack of true education for life, for a healthy coexistence, so that the population obtains an education that familiarizes them with nature and our incredible biodiversity, because that is where the development of the country should be based. We must educate for a sustainable development of our resources, educate to be a global pantry of healthy food, not industrial. all the governments of America are opposed, they should privatize education; If that is achieved, the continent richest in resources in the world will become the source of wealth for others, not for the natives. The idea of ​​privatization has been discussed in the USA itself, and that has produced negative results. Online schools will be able to provide students with their own analytical reasoning, teach constructive criticism, culture and national traditions and most importantly, they must educate to learn to think, to appreciate what we are and learn to achieve personal happiness. Life can be beautiful if we build spiritual values, brotherhood and respect for others, that forms peaceful communities. Individualism, the accumulation of objects and materialization will not bring peace to this beautiful and rich Colombia. The best weapon of a country is its human capital. Please, let's look at what is ours and stop applying formulas that have failed since the XNUMXs, such as the attack on public educational institutions. Some senators in the Third Commission like Ms. Valencia are proposing that the bond government and that parents choose where to send their children. Can we continue making so many mistakes in the training and education of citizens? What Ms. Valencia indicates was already experienced in the USA, with the so-called Charter Schools, (privatization), it did not work! US public schools continue to be the ones that educate the majority of the population. We must meditate why we are the way we are. If educated conscientiously, the country could be one of the best nurseries in the world.

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