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Higher Education and Collaboration Are Going Global

"We need to encourage teachers to collaborate between schools, states and the world. Teachers barely collaborate with those next door," was only one of the statements educators rose up last night, during the EdTechTalk where Kim Cofino was presenting Going Global: Culture Shock, Convergence, and the Future of Education, a pre-conference to be carried at K12Online 2009.

The discussion reflects on practices many times we educators ignore, specially in higher education. For example this past weekend, as part of the BarCamp's unconferences, the Technical University of Loja -UTPL by its initials in Spanish, held the last geek gathering to be celebrated in Ecuador and Latin America during this year. And the one thing we got impressed is how UTPL's President morfed into a barcamper. The dreams of having a Silicon Valley in Ecuador was publicly declared. Luis Miguel Romero PhD, wants to take his institution to the highest technological level, setting bases and developing what is known as Technology Valley in the Southern city of Loja.

Nelson Piedra uploaded the video on YouTube. Here, Luis Romero, also a former president of the Inter-American Organization for Higher Education (OUI-IOHE of its initials in Spanish), makes a historical description of how the university evolved to become one of the most prestigious in the region. A continuation the UTPL's President, speaking at the barcamploxa09:

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